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About Bowker

For more than 130 years, the publishing industry and the communities it serves have looked to Bowker® for meaningful and authoritative industry information. As technology has advanced, so have the ways in which Bowker can gather, supply, and enhance that information with an ever increasing focus on the needs of the markets we serve.

We have provided a simple time-line below, detailing the many milestones that make up Bowker's rich history. Talk to us about where we've been and where we hope to go. Your perspective and feedback could be pivotal to our next great milestone.

  • 1872: Publishers Weekly® founded
  • 1873: The Publishers Trade List Annual published
  • 1880: The American Catalog published
  • 1932: Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory™ published
  • 1948: Books In Print® published
  • 1967: Xerox Corporation acquires Bowker
  • 1968: Bowker becomes the U.S. ISBN Agency
  • 1985: Reed International acquires Bowker
  • 1986: Books In Print® ON DISC introduced
  • 1999: ulrichsweb.com® launched
  • 2000: BooksInPrint.com® launched
  • 2000: GlobalBooksInPrint.com® launched
  • 2001: Cambridge Information Group acquires Bowker
  • 2002: Barnes & Noble designates Books In Print® database of record
  • 2002: Bowker acquires Pubnet®
  • 2003: Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™ launched
  • 2003: Bowker acquires PubEasy®
  • 2003: Bowker acquires Simba Information®
  • 2004: PatronBooksInPrint.com™ is launched
  • 2004: Bowker acquires Monument Information Resource™ (MIR)
  • 2004: Bowker acquires Syndetic Solutions™
  • 2005: Bowker debuts Ulrich's Resource Linker™
  • 2005: Bowker introduces Bowker's Book Analysis System™ with H.W. Wilson
  • 2006: Fiction Connection™ readers advisory tool is launched
  • 2006: Resources for College Libraries™ database of core titles is launched
  • 2007: Bowker launches PubTrack™ suite of business intelligence tools
  • 2007: Syndetic Solutions™ launches Syndetics ICE™ search tool
  • 2007: Non-Fiction Connection™ readers advisory tool is launched
  • 2007: Bowker acquires Medialab Solutions, developer of AquaBrowser® Library
  • 2008: Bowker launches MyIdentifiers.com comprehensive identifier services site








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