Bowker USA Launch e-Book Conversion Service for Self-Publishers

Bowker USA has extended the services on offer at to include e-book conversion for all major e-reader devices (yes, Amazon Kindle, too!). In a press release sent out yesterday, Bowker announced a new partnership with DCL (Data Conversion Library Inc) enabling it to offer an e-book conversion service through as well as ISBN allocation. The new service is aimed at the small publisher and self-publishing market.
On the surface, the Bowker e-book conversion service does not look particularly enticing to self-published authors at $1.60 per page and format crunched of a book file submitted. For two formats (say Kindle mobi and Nook), the service will cost $1.85 per page. That is about $370 for a 200 page book file submitted and it is hard to see how this service will be of value to any savy author when compared to other competitor services.
Bowker has for some time been exploring new services for authors as well as publishers. In 2010 Bowker launched the very curious Bowker Manuscript Submissions service and website where authors, for a fee, could load up their manuscripts to be viewed by perspective publishers and agents.
From the full press release:
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) Teams with Bowker to support Self Publishers now offers eBook conversion alongside ISBN
New Providence, NJ – February 12, 2013Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a leader in future proofing content for eBooks, online training manuals, archived documents and more, is teaming with Bowker, the world’s leader in bibliographic information management solutions, to better serve the self-publishing market. Bowker Identifier Services will now offer self-publishers DCL’s robust EPUB on Demand eBook Product Service through Bowker’s website.
“As the U.S. and Australian ISBN agencies, we’re often the first stop for self-publishers. Since eBooks are increasingly a ‘must-have’ for our customers, we know providing them instant access to a quality conversion service streamlines the publishing process,” said Beat Barblan, Director, Bowker Identifier Services. “Bowker has been a trusted partner to publishers for more than 140 years. We searched for a reliable service that would enable our customers to retain ownership of their content and consistently produce an accurate, highly useable eBook. We’re pleased to be working with DCL.”
A study by Bowker Market Research shows dramatic growth of the self-publishing market. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, tallying more than 235,000 print and “e” titles as of the end of 2011. While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast. E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2010. In contrast, print grew 33 percent in the same period.*
“Once an author has decided to self-publish, the next step of creating an eBook alongside print is obvious – it is too big a market. Not too far in the future I believe we’ll drop the “e” and we’ll just have books,” stated DCL CEO Mark Gross. “We applaud Bowker for recognizing the need for trustworthy conversion services for its customers, and are honored to have been chosen for that role.”
DCL’s EPUB on Demand is an online submission portal that allows authors, publishers, and other users to benefit from the same powerful resources dedicated to larger clients and organizations while streamlining the process. It’s quick, accurate, cost-effective and supports all popular eReader devices.
About Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc.
DCL ( is a leader in organizing, converting, and moving content to modern formats for wide access and new revenue streams. With expertise across many industries, DCL’s proprietary technology matched with US-based project management teams solve clients’ complex conversion challenges securely, accurately and on-time. Serving businesses, government, nonprofits and individuals by future-proofing their content, DCL started in 1981 and has been named as one of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry: The 2012-2013 EContent 100, for the second year running.
About Bowker® (
Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.
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