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2013 - Press Releases
ISNI Assignments Top 7 Million

New Providence, NJ – December 19, 2013 – Exponential growth in assignments has led to more than 7 million names receiving the ISO-certified International Standard Name Identifier known as “ISNI”. Published in early 2012, the standard applies a unique 16-digit code to public identities, providing a single identifier that can be leveraged across many applications, syncing alternate or disparate spellings of the same name, and eliminating confusion when names are alike. Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest and a registration agency for the standard, tracks assignments and usage of ISNIs.

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BooksILove launches mobile app with Bowker Data

New Providence, NJ – December 2, 2013

BooksILove, a personal book recommendations company, has selected Bowker’s Books In Print® Global edition database to power its new mobile app that enables on-the-go book discovery through tips from other readers. BooksILove™ provides a central location to capture the word-of-mouth book recommendations that are shared every day - at work, at home and at play.

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Syndetic Solutions™ Adds Facebook Access

OPAC enrichment tool enables libraries to connect to social networks of users

New Providence, NJ – November 12, 2013 – ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™, the popular OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, is offering a free Facebook® app for all library subscribers, enabling users who “like” their library to connect to the catalog and search for titles right from their library’s Facebook page. For libraries, the app provides another way to engage with users and demonstrate value to the community.

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Classroom Library Company Enhances Digital Distribution with Bowker Data

New Providence, NJ – November 6, 2013The Classroom Library Company, publishers and distributors of educational media correlated to the new Common Core Standards has selected Bowker’s Books In Print® database to power its digital distribution platforms online and via an app that serves its school and library customers. Bowker’s bibliographic data will populate the platform with cover images and details about books, enabling a richer user experience.

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Bowker® Focuses on Discovery for 2014 and Beyond

ProQuest affiliate leverages 140+ years’ experience to power connections between books and readers

New Providence, NJ – October 10th 2013 – ProQuest affiliate Bowker, the world’s leader in bibliographic data management, is turning the heat up on its role as an essential partner in book discovery, providing solutions that help publishers, booksellers and libraries better serve their customers. The company has a 140+year history of organizing data that enables books and information to find their way from publishers to users efficiently and accurately. With an expanded focus on both identifier services and development of the Books In Print® database, Bowker expects to power more organizations’ efforts to connect books with readers.

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Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in U.S., Says Bowker

2012 ISBNs show nearly 60% more self-published works than in 2011

October 9, 2013 (New Providence, NJ)A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.

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ISNI Assignments Top 6.5 Million

Wikipedia is among groups adopting the new name identification standard

August 27, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – More than 6.5 million assignments of the ISO-certified naming standard International Standard Name Identifier, known as “ISNI”, are ensuring the right information gets connected with the right name. Published in early 2012, the standard applies a unique 16-digit code to public identities, providing a single identifier that can be leveraged across many applications, helping to sync alternate or disparate spellings of the same name, and eliminating confusion when names are alike. It’s been quickly accepted by information organizations, including Wikipedia. Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest and a registration agency for the standard, tracks assignments and usage of ISNIs.

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Nielsen signs agreement to acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solution products

Deal Will Enhance Nielsen’s Book Solutions Portfolio, Brings Deeper Insights and Improved Efficiencies to Global Book Industry

August 21, 2013 (NEW YORK and NEW PROVIDENCE) Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, and ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions, have signed a definitive agreement for Nielsen to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products. This acquisition will build on Nielsen's existing global book intelligence by adding enhanced offerings in transaction services and sales measurement and analysis.

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New Syndetics Solutions™ Video Game Content Makes OPACs More Useful for Gamers

Users will get ratings, screen shots, descriptions and more directly from the catalog

August 8, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – Serving “gamers” at the library just got a little easier as a new addition to ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™ enables these often-loyal users to access rich content on video games right from the library OPAC or discovery layer. Video Game Enriched Content contains game covers, user ratings, the Maturity Standard Rating (such as “Everyone” or “Teen”) and more for 70,000 U.S. titles and nearly 20,000 U.K. titles.

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Online Retailers Gained, While Brick-and-Mortar Lost In Wake of Borders Exit

Bowker study says bookstore chains held less than 20 percent share in 2012

August 6, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – In the year following the exit of Borders from the book retail scene, online retailers -- led by Amazon -- earned 44 percent of Americans’ book dollars, up from 39 percent in 2011. The insights into where book buyers are spending come from the 2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review, the publishing industry’s only complete consumer-based report integrating channel, motivation and category analysis of U.S. book buyers. The Review, an information staple published this month by Bowker® Market Research and industry trade magazine Publishers Weekly, notes that while book retailer Barnes & Noble (including BN.com) remained the second largest bookselling outlet, it depended more on sales of print books in 2012 than it did in 2011, with consumer ebook spending there declining from six percent in 2011 to four percent.

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Argosy Books Joins PubEasy Community

Booksellers now able to obtain book price and availability from Argosy Books via industry’s leading online enquiry and ordering service

July 17, 2013 (London, UK) – Ireland’s independent book wholesaler Argosy Books has joined the growing, international e-community of booksellers using PubEasy®, the global enquiry and ordering service for the book industry. A service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker, PubEasy is a global publishing e-Marketplace that enables cost-effective, online access to order placement, order tracking, price, title and availability data.

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Students increasingly look for alternatives to traditional texts; downloading of unauthorized content on the rise, says new BISG research

July 16, 2013 (New York, NY) – Student use of alternative and illicit course materials is on the rise, according to new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s ongoing survey of Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The second installment in Volume Three of the study, which is powered by Bowker® Market Research, shows that the percentage of students reporting they had downloaded course content from an unauthorized Web site has risen steadily to 34 percent from 20 percent when it was first measured in 2010. Over the same period, the percent of students saying they photocopied or scanned chapters of textbooks from other students rose from 21 percent to 31 percent.

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