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Publishing Service Index: November 2018 [with notes]

Publishing Service Index: November 2018 [with notes]

This is the last PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our previous one was released earlier this year in April and I am switching to releasing it just twice a year (generally, Spring and Winter). The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of one of the stalwarts of the self-publishing

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Publishing Service Index: April 2018 [With Notes]

This is the first PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our last one was  released in December 2017. The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of another two companies, though they were very small players in the service field. I now intend to compiled the index three to four times across the calendar year, so we can monitor seasonal

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Publishing Service Index: December 2017 [with notes]

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for December 2017. Our last index was released in September 2017. The index continues to shrink and the latest index sees the final departure of five companies. Frankly, they were bottom of the pile service providers. So, I shed no tears. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found

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Publishing Service Index: September 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for September 2017. Our last index was released in May 2017. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers (now 82) was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months

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Publishing Service Index: May 2016

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for May 2016. IngramSpark holds the number one position at the top of the index, marginally increasing the gap on CreateSpace. Matador moves ahead of Smashwords into fourth place and Lightning Source slips below Silverwood Books to ninth place. Please be aware that service provider Original Writing based in Ireland has gone out

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FastPencil – Reviewed

FastPencil is a California-based publishing service and writing community for authors and publishers. The company was founded by Steve Wilson and Michael Ashley in 2007 and it was purchased in 2013 by the Courier Corporation, an innovative US book manufacturer and content management provider. (Update, May 2015 – Wilson bought the company back off Courier.)

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PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX – August 2012

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for August 2012. This edition reflects several new review updates as well as new arrivals Book Country and Pumbo. The top ten sees no change with the top three places, despite LSI’s improved colour book program, but BookLocker and Pen Press return. Lulu continues the trend this year of slipping down the

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