Few authors have ever heard about BowkerLink: a source for publishers and distributors seeking to update or add to title listings, found in Books In Print, Global Books In Print, and the Publisher Authority Database. How can readers, bookstores or librarians in Japan, Australia, UK or Belize find your book and read, buy or lend it? Books In Print helps you search the market place, find the right titles, and explore all known format options, including eBook sources.
Free Listing of Your Book
This FREE portal allows you to market titles through Bowker products to many sectors of the book industry including wholesalers, distributors, retail chains, independent retailers, online retailers, schools, libraries, and universities. You may know Bowker from ordering your ISBN numbers, but they are also the provider for Books In Print and Global Books In Print that contain listings of bibliographical information for international book titles available in the USA or any other part of the world.
In addition, Bowker sells its products worldwide to retailers and libraries, so your titles are exposed to many facets of the book industry through a single web application including other Bowker products like inventory status checks, library catalogue information, and sales data reporting services. Your data is circulated to all of these customers free of charge. To market you book successfully worldwide you need to have it listed worldwide! Their website http://www.bowker.com/en-US/products/servtitlesub_default.shtml
Setting Up A New Book on Bowkerlink is easy, just fill in:
Number of pages
Number of illustrations
Subject (1 or 2)
Contributors names and functions
Length, Width and Height
Year of copyright
Year of original publication
Library of Congress Card Number
Country of Sale
Age range of the readers
Items in bold are required, the others optional. You should try to fill as many of these fields as possible, as completely as possible, in order to be found easily.
Why register with BowkerLink?
Listing your titles is absolutely free. The BowkerLink Publisher Access System allows you to announce your new release titles, as well as price and status updates to a wide audience of book, audio and video buyers. Your titles are WORLDWIDE exposed to many facets of the book industry through this single web application.
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May 5, 2013 at 8:36 am
Do they list ebooks as well, and would my publisher have to list with them, or can I do it?
May 6, 2013 at 4:05 am
any book with an ISBN can be listed. If your publisher has not done it yet, he/she should familiarize themselves. A sign of un-professionalism… I would change the publisher, or self-publish.
May 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm
Excellent article. On the few occasions when I mention Bowker to other authors, I usually receive that blank, deer-in-the-headlights stare–the same stare I received from a bookstore owner back in the early 1990’s, when I told her I’d never heard of “Books in Print.” Her response: “If your book isn’t in Books in Print, it doesn’t exist as far as I’m concerned.” She was correct; that’s just the way the industry–the big industry–works. I’ve now been a user of Bowker’s “Books in Print” for almost twenty years. It mostly adds a sense of validity and verifiability to one’s work, but it has for me, on several occasions, opened doors.