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The Meatgrinder and eBook Publishing

The Meatgrinder and eBook Publishing

Mark Coker, the CEO and founder of Smashwords, calls it The Meatgrinder. So much so, he happily—and rightly—refers to Smashwords’ file-crunching e-book conversion application by the same name. It may be the bane of many self-published authors frustrations and late nights, but Coker never meant the process of loading a book file to an online


Bookbaby Extend Distribution into Asia

Bookbaby has been one of the rising stars in e-distribution solutions for self-published authors over the past couple of years. The company has just announced a new partnership with Asia’s eSentral, the largest e-book distributor in Southeast Asia. Bookbaby already offer access to distribution channels like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBookstore and the Sony


Ingram To Open Lightning Source Plant in Melbourne This June

The Ingram Content Group today announced that it would be opening a Lightning Source plant in Melbourne, Australia this June. Ingram confirmed in September last year that they would open an Australian plant but had not at that stage chosen the exact location. From the press release: NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced Melbourne


Amazon Ratchet it Up a Level For Distributors

The US publishing industry may have another spat on the horizon to accompany the current dispute between John Wiley and The Authors Guild. Amazon is yet again flexing its muscles, this time in the direction of distributors and their publisher clients. Amazon is introducing a new program called ‘Levels of Service’ (PDFdownload). While there is nothing unusuual about


Distribution or Be Damned?

Should a publisher ever pay for shelf space in a bookstore, even if the publisher is the author? The quick and immediate answer is absolutely not. Take a deep breath, pause for thirty seconds while contemplating the models of business for mainstream publishing and the various opportunities and avenues for authors looking to self-publish their


Selfpublishing.com – Reviewed

Selfpublishing.com has the name every author solutions service would love to have got their hands on. Company founder Ron Pramschufer, a veteran of the print and publishing industry and author of the widely popular self-publishing guide, Publishing Basics – a Guide for the Small Press and Independent Self-Publisher (Navigating the Self Publishing Minefield), proved to


Lulu.com Drop Their Popular ‘Publish By You’ Option

Lulu have today announced further changes to their publishing process and distribution service, which on the face of it, is a further retrograde step backwards in their position as a brand-leading author solution services provider. The core change today is the announcement of the removal of the popular ‘Publish By You’ service. Here is part