Monthly Archives: April 2010


Amazon Go Cheap On The Hard Penguins

Amazon Go Cheap On The Hard Penguins

Amazon has added a little touch of strategic finesse to their stand-off with Penguin (Pearson Group) since other leading publishing houses agreed terms to implement the agency model on e-books on April 1st. Thirty days have elapsed and Penguin have yet to thrash out a finalized deal with online retailer Amazon. The heavy-handed gloves are now off,


Time For Independents To Take To The Stage

We have been reviewing author solutions services, printers and new innovators in the world of publishing for some time on POD, Self-Publishing & Independent Publishing. Over the past two and a half years we have looked at 400+ companies, from printers to innovative publishers employing new models of publishing. The development of this site has


Maverick House Publishers (Overview) & The Province of Irish Publishing

Maverick House Publishers is an independent publisher of non-fiction books founded by Jean Harrington in 2002 with its main headquarters in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. Expansion of the company has seen them open a second office in Bangkok, Thailand to augment their sales and distribution representation in the Far East, as well as Australia, New


Thomson-Shore Offer POD with $12m Digital Print Centre

Thomson-Shore printers will begin offering print-on-demand services for publishers and authors as part of a two-year $12m capital improvement project with the installation of a digital print centre. Thomson-Shore has offered very short offset print runs of as few as 150 copies to authors, small presses and universities, but their new digital centre will allow


Bookmasters Launch CONVERSO: A Creation & Digital Distribution Solution

The Bookmasters Group, the Ohio-based global publishing service for small presses and mid-sized publishers, has today announced the launch of CONVERSO, a digital content conversion solution. CONVERSO is a global service which will create an e-book, convert it to any format (EPUB, EPDF, PRC, Flash, HTML 5, Blio etc) and distribute it to more than


Pulitzer Winner Harding Secures UK Publication Deal

Random House UK imprint William Heinemann has won the rights to publish Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding’s novel, Tinkers. The deal follows a seven-publisher auction bid brokered by literary agent Kent Wolff of Global Literary Management on behalf of Erika Goldman of Bellevue Literary Press. Bellevue Literary Press is the US independent press who published the first US edition


The Publishing Road Less Traveled: How Self-Publishing Really Works

Authors can get understandably frustrated when trying to navigate the crowded waters to a mainstream publishing contract, and often their perception is that the road to a published book is marked by a stoney-faced gatekeeper lurking at every twist and turn, ready with a bellowing bark; ‘Thou shall not past less thee be worthy’. No-one


Reader Views Editor Irene Watson on Book Sizes

Irene Watson is Managing Editor for Reader Views, a resource for writers which provides book reviews and various author services. She has written a great guest post on Yorkshire Publishing’s blog, Ask The Publishing Guru about the choice of book size a self-publishing author should consider before embarking on their book project. “What size should your book be? Both beginning and


Lulu Abandons IPO Moves For Now

DIY self-publishing service Lulu have abandoned plans to sell shares on the Canadian stock market in an effor to raise investment to finance expansion in their distribution and sales sectors. Lulu had also intended to use the investment to pay off outstanding debts. CEO Bob Young has commented recently on that the market was not


Normal Service Resumed: Site Administration

Normal service has now resumed at POD, Self-Publishing & Independent Publishing with a new black-white-red logo. You will also notice we have completely revamped the site and finally put to bed the template we were using since we first officially launched the site in January 2008. There is only so much you can do with a template and