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Kobo Writing Life Launches Suite of Vetted Publishing Services

Kobo Writing Life Launches Suite of Vetted Publishing Services

Kobo Writing Life has announced the launch of a number of new “vetted” publishing services, including cover design, ISBNs, eBook conversion and copyrighting. Press release below: Kobo Writing Life Tool Kit Helps Self-Published Authors Cross the Finish Line Author access to advantageous pricing on a variety of publishing services TORONTO, April 13, 2016: Whether it’s due to writer’s block, the

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Breaking up is hard to do: Penguin Random House has Sold Author Solutions

Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold its self-publishing division Author Solutions to an affiliate of private investment firm, Najafi Companies. PRH parent company Pearson purchased Author Solutions in 2012 for $116m from Bertram Capital. Following the merger of publishing goliaths Random House and Penguin, Author Solutions became a part of the Penguin Group. Over the

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IngramSpark Adds New Features to Publishing Platform

Indie publishing platform IngramSpark has added a number of new features for authors and small publishers to its dashboard workflow. The new features were rolled out in the last week and announced in their November newsletter to account holders. Authors will now be able to avail of a e-book conversion service using their original print

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Self-Publishing Guru Dan Poynter Has Died

Often considered the original self-publishing guru and consultant, Dan Poynter, passed away on Tuesday of this week after a long illness. Poynter was 77 and best known for his book The Self-Publishing Manual, first published in 1979. He was a passionate advocate of quality self-publishing long before the impact of digital technology in the book

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Smashwords Inks Distribution Deal with Gardners Books UK

Self-Publishing platform and e-book distributor Smashwords has agreed a deal with the largest wholesaler in the United Kingdom, Gardners Books. Gardners powers the online ebook store operations of over 400 small and medium-sized booksellers throughout the world. This service is part of its white label ecommerce and fulfillment services. Smashwords announced the agreement in a blog post earlier this week. On

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Mybestseller in top 10 of Deloitte Fast50 Tech Awards

Dutch self-publishing platform and white label solutions provider Mybestseller has entered the top 10 of Deloitte Fast50 Tech Awards. The Deloitte Technology Fast50 is an annual competition of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in the Netherlands. From the press release:   Mybestseller, one of the European market leaders in self-publishing, has reached a ninth position

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Pronoun Launches its Digital Book Publishing Platform

Last May TIPM reported that Pronoun (formerly Vook) intended to launch a digital book publishing platform. Well, today that publishing platform went live. Vook originally launched in 2009 as a digital content creation platform for e-books. Over the past year Vook has acquired  boutique e-publisher Byliner  and e-book data analysis engine Booklr. Rebranded as Pronoun,

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Author Solutions and Alliant University Launch Academic Press

Author Solutions, fresh from having two recent lawsuits against it dismissed, has this week continued its long-term strategy of partnership agreements with the announcement of Alliant Press. The new imprint is in partnership with Alliant International University and will be operated by Author Solutions’ iUniverse imprint. Alliant is a private, independent university offering graduate study in psychology,

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Second Class Action Lawsuit Against Author Solutions is Dismissed

The second class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, a self publishing service provider, was voluntarily dismissed yesterday, September 14th, in the state of Indiana. The news comes after last month’s decision by Judge Denise Cote to ‘discontinue without prejudice’ a similar case filed  by two authors in the Southern District Court in New York. Both parties agreed to end litigation

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Self-Publishing Review (SPR) Launches Hybrid Publishing Service

The Self-Publishing Review (SPR) has launched what it describes as a ‘hybrid publishing house’ this week. And what exactly is that you might ask? ‘A traditional on-demand publishing model without the gatekeepers,’ says Henry and Cate Baum of SPR. Kwill Publishing House is targeted at authors who want to focus on writing and leave book production and marketing to the

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