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Publishing Service Index: May 2017 (Notes Included)

Publishing Service Index: May 2017 (Notes Included)

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

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Spiderwize UK – Reviewed (Updated, December 2013)

Spiderwize describes its services as ‘assisted self-publishing’ and though based in Lochinver, Scotland, the services are available for UK and US authors. Although relatively new kids on the self-publishing block, Spiderwize has become more prominent in recent years, particularly in the UK. “We are a small publishing business who have a passion for books and a passion for

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15 Things Traditional Publishers Might Say To Each Other About Self-Publishing Service Providers

1.  “Look, we’ve nothing to worry about. They’re all just glorified printers and author mills. We’re the real cultivators and promoters of literature.”   2.  “I mean, it’s easy to make money if you just sell services to authors and not their books.”   3.  “Martha, it’s like I said about e-books years ago. Those service

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CreateSpace – Reviewed (Update Feb 2017)

CreateSpace is the publishing engine of global online retailer and publisher Amazon, the company everyone either wants to love or hate. Createspace began life in 2002 as CustomFlix Labs (DVD), originally intended to make widespread distribution easier for independent filmmakers by providing on-demand DVD production. In 2000, a small group of writers pooled resources to form Booksurge

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Lulu Layoff Staff with Restructure

Image via CrunchBase DIY self-publishing service provider Lulu confirmed earlier this week that nine staff members had been let go from its head office in Raleigh, USA. Lulu’s Chief Operating Office, Tom Bright, confirmed the news in an email (via Triangle Business Journal) that the decision was part of Lulu’s overall strategy to refine its platform focus.

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Mill City Press (Hillcrest Media) – Reviewed and Revised (2017)

Mill City Press is an author solutions provider based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally founded in 2005, Mill City Press began with an investment from Click Industries, then owned by former lawyer in intellectual property, Mark Levine. Levine, an author of two novels (I will Faithfully Execute and Saturn Return) and a highly successful book on negotiating the minefield of self-publishing companies (The

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Raider International Publishing – Reviewed (Updated 2017)

Raider International publishing is an author solutions service offering a wide range of services to authors looking to publish a book. Raider has been around for seven years and the company was founded by Adam Salviani, a writer himself who set up the company following the ravages of publishing through PublishAmerica and Authorhouse. In hindsight,

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ShopMyBook (Unibook) – Reviewed (Updated, May 2012)

We previously reviewed Unibook here on TIPM. This publishing service has since changed its trading name to ShopMyBook. The company is owned by Peleman Industries, a manufacturer of binding, laminating and presentation products for nearly seventy years. Unibook, formerly known as WWAOW, have offices in Europe (Belgium) as well as the USA (Georgia). ShopMyBook aims

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Arima Publishing UK – Reviewed (Updated Jan 2012)

Arima Publishing is a UK self-publishing service based in Suffolk, England. The company offer authors ‘global publishing services’. Arima follow the business strategy most UK-based companies take and call it as it is for authors wanting to self-published a book. To be fair, Arima make no pretensions about being a grandiose publishing company. Writing a book is a

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HarperCollins Launches Backlist Print/POD Program | Shelf Awareness

HarperCollins Launches Backlist Print/POD Program | Shelf Awareness: “HarperCollins today is launching its Comprehensive Backlist Program that will enable independent bookstores with Espresso Book Machines to promote much of the company’s backlist through a combination of “a core assortment” of printed books on the shelves and in-store “digital-to-print at retail.” The program encompasses thousands of

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