Publishing Service Index: June 2015

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indexJune_2015This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for June 2015. IngramSpark continues to occupy the top spot ahead of CreateSpace and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). In fact the top nine positions remain unchanged from last month. Kobo Writing Life enters the top ten for the first time ever and it comes at the expense of Lulu.

 

Kazoo Publishing Services enters the Publishing Service Index for the first time. You can read the full detailed review we carried out earlier this month here and you can also click any of the companies listed in the index to be taken straight to the review.

 

TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. The amount of feedback over the past four weeks to TIPM continues to remain particularly high and we want to thank all of those who took the time to share their publishing experiences. 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. We are hoping to add at least one or two new reviews for the June index.

 

JUN POS MAY POS COMPANY/SERVICE PROVIDER PRIMARY COMPANY BASEMARKET SERVICE CLASS JUN INDEX VALUE INDEX POS MOVE
1 1 IngramSpark GLOBAL PRT/FUL 686.2 SAME
2 2 CreateSpace USA DIY/FSP 684.03 SAME
3 3 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) GLOBAL DIY 660.59 SAME
4 4 Smashwords USA DIY 568.77 SAME
5 5 Lightning Source (Direct) GLOBAL PRT/FUL 536.33 SAME
6 6 Matador UK FSP 509.21 SAME
7 7 Hillcrest Media/Mill City Press USA PUB/FSP 453.05 SAME
8 8 SilverWood Books UK FSP 427.89 SAME
9 9 Blurb GLOBAL DIY 425.65 SAME
10 11 Kobo Writing Life GLOBAL DIY 408.65 UP
11 10 Lulu GLOBAL DIY/FSP 408.39 DOWN
12 12 BookLocker USA FSP 375.52 SAME
13 14 Bookbaby USA DIY/FSP 364.05 UP
14 13 Draft2Digital UK/USA DIY 357.44 DOWN
15 15 Publish Green GLOBAL FSP 347.3 SAME
16 17 Dog Ear Publishing USA FSP 337.67 UP
17 16 Selfpublishing.com USA PRT/FUL 336.29 DOWN
18 18 Unbound UK PUB/CRW 324.31 SAME
19 19 York Publishing Services UK PRT/FULL 323.69 SAME
20 21 Thomson-Shore USA PRT/FSP 314.18 UP
21 20 John Hunt Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 313.23 DOWN
22 23 Pressbook USA DIY 311.59 UP
23 22 Wingspan USA FSP 310.01 DOWN
24 26 Mijn Bestseller EUROPE DIY 307.69 UP
25 25 CPI UK Antony Rowe EUROPE PRT 305.81 SAME
26 27 eBookIT DIY/FSP 304.02 UP
27 24 Google Play Books GLOBAL DIY 302 DOWN
28 28 Aventine USA FSP 295.99 SAME
29 29 VirtualBookVorm USA FSP 292.92 SAME
30 30 Checkpoint Press IRELAND PUB/FSP 291.34 SAME
31 31 Infinity Publishing USA FSP 290.95 SAME
32 32 Book Country GLOBAL FSP 290.8 SAME
33 33 SelfPublishBooks/Lettertec IRELAND FSP 287.44 SAME
34 34 Wheatmark Publishing USA FSP 286.93 SAME
35 35 Cold River Studio USA FSP 284.63 SAME
36 36 Apex Publishing UK PUB/FSP 284.37 SAME
37 37 Grosvenor House Publishing UK FSP 283.24 SAME
38 39 Wasteland Press USA FSP 283.24 UP
39 38 The Choir Press UK/USA FSP 283.23 DOWN
40 40 Acorn Independent Press UK FSP 281.71 SAME
41 41 Outskirts Press USA FSP 278.3 SAME
42 42 Tate Publishing USA PUB/ASP 278.03 SAME
43 50 FastPencil USA DIY 276.76 UP
44 44 Authoright UK/USA FSP 276.22 SAME
45 45 Americas Press USA PRT 276.07 SAME
46 43 iUniverse USA FSP 276.04 DOWN
47 46 Janus Publishing UK FSP 275.32 DOWN
48 47 Pumbo EUROPE DIY 274.81 DOWN
49 48 Telemachus Press USA FSP 274.44 DOWN
50 49 Xulon Press USA FSP 274.18 DOWN
51 51 PubliBook EUROPE DIY 271.65 SAME
52 NEW Kazoo Publishing Services IRELAND FSP 269.41 NEW
53 52 Llumina Press USA PUB/FSP 268.66 DOWN
54 53 A.H. Stockwell UK FSP 268.02 DOWN
55 54 Diadem Books UK/USA FSP 267.94 DOWN
56 60 Open Book Editions USA FSP 267.94 UP
57 55 Pyjama Press UK/EUROPE FSP 267.03 DOWN
58 56 Direct POD UK PRT 265.67 DOWN
59 57 Kbuuk USA DIY 265.47 DOWN
60 58 Eprint Ireland IRELAND PRT 265.24 DOWN
61 59 Book Guild Publishing UK FSP 265.2 DOWN
62 61 True Directions USA PUB/FSP 263.25 DOWN
63 62 Original Writing IRELAND FSP 261.59 DOWN
64 63 Abbott Press USA PUB/FSP 261.43 DOWN
65 64 The Book Producers IRELAND FSP 260.41 DOWN
66 65 Pomegranate Press UK/USA FSP 260.28 DOWN
67 67 Arima UK FSP 256.41 SAME
68 68 Better Book Company UK FSP 256.16 SAME
69 66 Turning Stone Press USA FSP 255.69 DOWN
70 69 Austin MacAuley UK FSP 254.72 DOWN
71 70 UKUnpublished UK FSP 252.57 DOWN
72 72 Archway Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 249.79 SAME
73 71 AuthorHouse GLOBAL FSP 246.54 DOWN
74 73 Gemini International IRELAND PRT 246.22 DOWN
75 74 Trafford Publishing USA FSP 243.34 DOWN
76 75 Balboa Press GLOBAL PUB/FSP 243.16 DOWN
77 76 WestBow Press USA PUB/FSP 242.45 DOWN
78 77 Epic Press UK FSP 242.25 DOWN
79 78 Chandler Book Design UK PRT 241.88 DOWN
80 79 Choice Publishing IRELAND FSP 240.74 DOWN
81 80 Dolman Scott/Oak Press UK FSP 239.52 DOWN
82 82 Dorrance Press USA FSP 232.86 SAME
83 81 Xlibris GLOBAL FSP 232.65 DOWN
84 83 ShopMyBook (Unibook) GLOBAL PRT 228.2 DOWN
85 84 Spire Publishing UK/USA FSP 226.45 DOWN
86 85 Spiderwize UK FSP 223.37 DOWN
87 87 Melrose Books UK FSP 208.69 SAME
88 88 Dom Tom Publishing UK/USA FSP 208.02 SAME
89 86 Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie UK PUB/FSP 208 DOWN
90 89 PublishAmerica/America Star Books USA FSP 204.42 DOWN
91 90 Olympia Publishers UK PUB/FSP 176.98 DOWN
92 91 Raider International Pub./Green Shore GLOBAL FSP 99.68 DOWN

 

(KEY)
  • DIY – Do-it-yourself bespoke services and basic conversion and formatting services
  • FSP – Full Service Provider (Packages & Bespoke) – 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

 

There is a much more detailed explanation of what the Publishing Service Index is and how authors can best use it in this post.

 

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.

 

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2 Comments

    • Mick Rooney said:

      ? Still there, Sarah, at 83. It’s one service providers we get some of the heaviest negative feedback on from authors, month to month.

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