Publishing Service Index: March 2016

March

March

This is the first PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for March 2016. IngramSpark has once again held on to its number one position at the top of the index very marginally ahead of CreateSpace. The is very no change in the top 26 positions, which is unusual given the fact that our last index was published in January. Google Play is the highlight this month moving back into the top 30 service providers.

 

TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. 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.
MAR POS JAN POS COMPANY/SERVICE PROVIDER PRIMARY COMPANY BASEMARKET SERVICE CLASS MAR INDEX VALUE INDEX POS MOVE
1 1 IngramSpark GLOBAL PRT/FUL 769.9 SAME
2 2 CreateSpace USA DIY/FSP 767.91 SAME
3 3 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) GLOBAL DIY 722.85 SAME
4 4 Smashwords USA DIY 702.97 SAME
5 5 Matador UK FSP 649.94 SAME
6 6 Kobo Writing Life GLOBAL DIY 584.03 SAME
7 7 Hillcrest Media/Mill City Press USA PUB/FSP 578.01 SAME
8 8 Lightning Source (Direct) GLOBAL PRT/FUL 567.12 SAME
9 9 SilverWood Books UK FSP 556.94 SAME
10 10 Blurb GLOBAL DIY 518.15 SAME
11 11 BookLocker USA FSP 485.34 SAME
12 12 Draft2Digital UK/USA DIY 470.14 SAME
13 13 Epigraph Publishing Service USA FSP 444.95 SAME
14 14 Thomson-Shore USA PRT/FSP 437.98 SAME
15 15 Selfpublishing.com USA PRT/FUL 432.05 SAME
16 16 Dog Ear Publishing USA FSP 431.4 SAME
17 17 Publish Green GLOBAL FSP 429.65 SAME
18 18 Lulu GLOBAL DIY/FSP 426.25 SAME
19 19 Bookbaby USA DIY/FSP 423 SAME
20 20 Pressbook USA DIY 408.55 SAME
21 21 Unbound UK PUB/CRW 408.24 SAME
22 22 York Publishing Services UK PRT/FULL 402.77 SAME
23 23 Mijn Bestseller EUROPE DIY 396.28 SAME
24 24 CPI UK Antony Rowe EUROPE PRT 392.3 SAME
25 25 John Hunt Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 389.3 SAME
26 26 Wingspan USA FSP 385.06 SAME
27 28 eBookIT GLOBAL DIY/FSP 372.55 UP
28 29 Checkpoint Press IRELAND PUB/FSP 371.93 UP
29 27 Aventine USA FSP 371.62 DOWN
30 34 Google Play Books GLOBAL DIY 369.6 UP
31 31 Wheatmark Publishing USA FSP 367.08 SAME
32 30 Cold River Studio USA FSP 367.02 DOWN
33 33 SelfPublishBooks/Lettertec IRELAND FSP 366.54 SAME
34 32 VirtualBookVorm USA FSP 364.59 DOWN
35 36 Grosvenor House Publishing UK FSP 362.33 UP
36 39 The Choir Press UK/USA FSP 359.83 UP
37 38 Book Guild Publishing UK FSP 357.11 UP
38 35 Infinity Publishing USA FSP 356.99 DOWN
39 37 Book Country GLOBAL FSP 355.87 DOWN
40 40 Wasteland Press USA FSP 353.75 SAME
41 41 Acorn Independent Press UK FSP 353.59 SAME
42 42 FastPencil USA DIY 352.78 SAME
43 43 Apex Publishing UK PUB/FSP 352.71 SAME
44 44 Americas Press USA PRT 352.64 SAME
45 45 Telemachus Press USA FSP 346.75 SAME
46 46 Pumbo EUROPE DIY 346.47 SAME
47 47 Xulon Press USA FSP 344.99 SAME
48 48 Tate Publishing USA PUB/ASP 344.45 SAME
49 49 Authoright UK/USA FSP 343.03 SAME
50 51 Janus Publishing UK FSP 342.38 UP
51 50 Outskirts Press USA FSP 341.05 DOWN
52 52 Open Book Editions USA FSP 340.53 SAME
53 53 Kazoo Publishing Services IRELAND FSP 338.61 SAME
54 54 A.H. Stockwell UK FSP 337.22 SAME
55 55 Llumina Press USA PUB/FSP 337.2 SAME
56 56 Diadem Books UK/USA FSP 333.89 SAME
57 57 iUniverse USA FSP 333.8 SAME
58 58 Pyjama Press UK/EUROPE FSP 333.62 SAME
59 59 PubliBook EUROPE DIY 333.13 SAME
60 61 Kbuuk USA DIY 331.98 UP
61 62 Direct POD UK PRT 331.73 UP
62 60 Original Writing IRELAND FSP 330.79 DOWN
63 64 True Directions USA PUB/FSP 329.57 UP
64 63 Eprint Ireland IRELAND PRT 329.44 DOWN
65 65 Abbott Press USA PUB/FSP 324.09 SAME
66 66 Pomegranate Press UK/USA FSP 324.06 SAME
67 67 The Book Producers IRELAND FSP 323.65 SAME
68 68 Arima UK FSP 322.75 SAME
69 69 Turning Stone Press USA FSP 321.49 SAME
70 70 Better Book Company UK FSP 319.63 SAME
71 71 UKUnpublished UK FSP 317.54 SAME
72 72 Archway Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 310.44 SAME
73 73 Gemini International IRELAND PRT 308.62 SAME
74 75 Dolman Scott/Oak Press UK FSP 303.49 UP
75 74 Chandler Book Design UK PRT 302.06 DOWN
76 77 WestBow Press USA PUB/FSP 300.37 UP
77 76 Choice Publishing IRELAND FSP 300.1 DOWN
78 78 Austin MacAuley UK FSP 299.77 SAME
79 79 Epic Press UK FSP 297.89 SAME
80 80 Balboa Press GLOBAL PUB/FSP 296.04 SAME
81 81 Trafford Publishing USA FSP 293.66 SAME
82 82 Dorrance Press USA FSP 285.12 SAME
83 85 Spiderwize UK FSP 283.95 UP
84 83 ShopMyBook (Unibook) GLOBAL PRT 283.39 DOWN
85 84 AuthorHouse GLOBAL FSP 279.35 DOWN
86 86 Spire Publishing UK/USA FSP 275.24 SAME
87 87 Xlibris GLOBAL FSP 261.84 SAME
88 88 PublishAmerica/America Star Books USA FSP 252.79 SAME
89 89 Melrose Books UK FSP 251.66 SAME
90 90 Dom Tom Publishing UK/USA FSP 251.01 SAME
91 91 Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie UK PUB/FSP 249.65 SAME
92 92 Olympia Publishers UK PUB/FSP 205.65 SAME
93 93 Raider International Pub./Green Shore GLOBAL FSP 117.29 SAME

 

(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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