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WEbook Launch Reader Review-Based Publishing Platform (Well, Kind of!)

WEbook Launch Reader Review-Based Publishing Platform (Well, Kind of!)

WEbook is an online writing community launched back in 2008, not long after Goodreads began to establish itself as a major influence and go-to site for authors and publishers. While WEbook has never enjoyed the same success as larger rivals like Goodreads and Wattpad, it is undergoing something of a rejuvenation under new ownership. Imago, an

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawsuit Filed Against Vantage Press and Former Owner

Regular readers of TIPM will be aware that we have been following the developments of Vantage Press and its authors since the US-based publishing service company first announced a suspension of business and then ultimately ceased all business operations in December 2012, when it communicated its closure to creditors. Throughout much of 2013, TIPM consistently heard

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IngramSpark Introduce Two-Tier Discount For Publishers

Last July Ingram launched IngramSpark. Although touted by many as Ingram’s answer to print and publishing services like CreateSpace, Lulu and Smashwords, IngramSpark was actually intended to be an easy-to-use platform for publishers lacking the resources of many larger publishers. The launch created a greal deal of news and debate, but also quickly exposed a

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Smashwords Annouce Revamp and Scribd Subscription and Distribution Agreement

Smashwords unveiled a complete website revamp and a new distribution partner yesterday.   The e-book publishing platform and distributor has signed an agreement with Scribd, a web-based subscription and free service host for books and documents. The full details of the press release can be found below, and Smashwords founder Mark Coker expands more on the

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Book Country Launch Curated Kickstarter Page

Penguin Random House continues to oversee the expansion and development of Penguin Group’s self-publishing imprint and writing and reading community, Book Country. Penguin has just announced the launch of ‘a curated’ page for Book Country on Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding program. Brandi Larsen, Book Country Director, announced the news this week on the community’s blog: We wanted to give

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Kobo Suspend Distribution of All Self-Published Titles

Following on from our TIPM Weekly Brief this morning, Kobo, an e-book distributor, has taken the decision to suspend the distribution of all self-published titles from its catalogue. It is understood that this decision only involves its UK online bookstore, and the decision follows a previous move to remove books loaded from the Digital2Draft e-book

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Albury Books UK Purchases Rights to Collapsed USA Self-Publisher Vantage Press

TIPM has learned in recent days that Albury Books, an Oxford-based publisher in the UK, has purchased the right to use the Vantage Press name, one of the USA’s oldest self-publishing services. Albury Books, only recently registered and launched, is part of The Imago Group, an international book and print production services company.  TIPM was the first to report last year on

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