Bowker this week launched a new web resource aimed at assisting self-published authors.

The site——offers tools, advice, and resources to help writers navigate the publishing process, and aims to serve a growing number of authors who are bypassing traditional publishing.

“Bowker has tracked extraordinary growth in the number of self-published works over the past five years,” Beat Barblan, Bowker director of identifier services, said in a statement. “There are thousands of authors who need access to advice, guidance and resources. is designed to be their partner, helping them bring their books to market in the most effective way.”

Through Bowker’s MyIdentifiers Web site—which has connections to a wide variety of publishing-related services—traditional publishers (or authors beginning the self-publishing process) can purchase ISBNs. Bowker says will complement MyIdentifies with industry advice and perspective, marketing tools, referrals to partners who can help independent publishers, and a calendar of events for self-published authors.