This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for December 2014. It is of course the last one this year. It reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past eight weeks. The most significant change is that Amazon KDP has slipped to third and also reflects the growing discontent self-published authors have with the introduction of Amazon Unlimited and recent communications regarding the new VAT law in Europe for 2015. We also have five new providers entering the Index this month.
TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. Your comments are always welcome and every comment and experience of a publishing service—positive or negative—is always reflected in every new index published through TIPM.
|DEC POS||OCT POS||COMPANY/SERVICE PROVIDER||PRIMARY COMPANY BASEMARKET||SERVICE CLASS||DEC INDEX VALUE||INDEX POS MOVE|
|3||1||Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)||GLOBAL||DIY||603.74||DOWN|
|5||4||Lightning Source (Direct)||GLOBAL||PRT/FUL||524.62||DOWN|
|7||7||Mill City Press||USA||PUB/ASP||431.03||SAME|
|13||15||Kobo Writing Life||GLOBAL||DIY||344.1||UP|
|16||17||Dog Ear Publishing||USA||ASP||327.41||UP|
|17||18||York Publishing Services||UK||PRT/FULL||320.07||UP|
|19||19||John Hunt Publishing||GLOBAL||PUB/ASP||307.26||SAME|
|21||21||CPI UK Antony Rowe||EUROPE||PRT||301.7||SAME|
|31||29||Acorn Independent Press||UK||ASP||285.75||DOWN|
|34||30||Grosvenor House Publishing||UK||ASP||283.23||DOWN|
|38||37||The Choir Press||UK/USA||ASP||281.23||DOWN|
|39||36||Cold River Studio||USA||ASP||278.63||DOWN|
|51||49||Open Book Editions||USA||ASP||266||DOWN|
|54||51||Book Guild Publishing||UK||ASP||265.21||DOWN|
|61||57||The Book Producers||IRELAND||ASP||260.46||DOWN|
|64||61||Better Book Company||UK||ASP||256.15||DOWN|
|66||62||Turning Stone Press||USA||ASP||253.72||DOWN|
|75||70||Chandler Book Design||UK||PRT||241.87||DOWN|
|77||72||Dolman Scott/Oak Press||UK||ASP||238.66||DOWN|
|84||77||Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie||UK||PUB/ASP||210.01||DOWN|
|85||78||PublishAmerica/America Star Books||USA||ASP||209.93||DOWN|
|87||80||Dom Tom Publishing||UK/USA||ASP||204.02||DOWN|
|88||82||Raider International Pub./Green Shore||GLOBAL||ASP||105.71||DOWN|
|89||12||Authors On Line||UK||ASP||102||DOWN|
- DIY – Do-it-yourself bespoke services
- ASP – Author Solutions Services (Packages) – May also include Partnership publishing programs
- PUB – Also offers Mainstream Contracts or is a service imprint of a traditional publishing house
- PRT – Printer (primarily a printer with some additional but limited services)
- FULL – Fulfilment Services provided for distribution logistics, warehousing of stock (including supply to wholesaler and retailers)
- CRW – Crowdsource
The most asked question we get at The Independent Publishing Magazine is often along the lines of; ‘What self-publishing service should I go with?‘; ‘Is so and so a good service to go with?‘; or ‘Is so and so a scam?‘
In some cases, that is an easy question to answer, cut and dry, but in other circumstances, the answer is entirely arbitrary. We are not here to review and run down a company’s name, nor are we here to endorse a company’s services. If we were only to review companies according to every point on an ideal dream list of what an author wants/should get, we would have very few reviews to share with you. In truth, no company has ever attained a 10/10, and only a few have recorded more than 08/10.
The reality is that some companies offering publishing services begin in a blaze of glory and we might rate them favourably at the time; others, frankly, are just poor, and they improve (sometimes in response to our reviews) to offer reasonable or better services. We are constantly updating our reviews, but this takes considerable time, and so do the initial reviews.
We get a vast amount of information from authors and the companies selling author solutions services every day – good and bad. We get a great deal of information from monitoring services week by week against the experiences of what authors report back to us. Simply put, and truthfully, we cannot reflect all of this information through the reviews. That is why the comments section under each company we review is so important. It is your recording and dealings with that specific company, and a positive or negative flag to subsequent authors considering using the same company.
So, how do we reflect the changing ups and downs with services?
We believe the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX will help to guide authors to services on the up, and those, gradually on the down. If you like, what we present is a kind of stock exchange for companies supplying publisher services..
The PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX was first launched in June 2010.