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PubSlush Acquired by Colborne Communications

PubSlush Acquired by Colborne Communications

We reported on Monday that crowdfunding platform PubSlush had announced its closure on August 23rd. Well, the platform has had an eleventh hour reprieve with news via a press release that Colborne Communications has acquired PubSlush as of August 24th. Colborne is a publishing services provider and the good news for authors is that it will ‘continue to take submissions

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Book Design Templates Announces Agreement with Ingram Content Group

A couple of years ago Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer website launched Book Design Templates, a service dedicated to providing professionally designed book templates for indie authors and small publishers who prefer to use MS Word. Friedlander and his team set out to push the everyday word processing application to its limit in an effort to

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Crowdfunding Platform PubSlush Set to Close This Month

PubSlush is a global pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options for authors and publishers. Founded in 2011 by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, PubSlush originally began as a crowdfunding publisher (think Unbound in the UK) and later developed into a platform created to connect writers with readers. Primarily it hosted a dedicated crowdfunding system much like Kickstarter,

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Pearson in ‘advanced discussions’ to Sell Financial Times Group

Publishing group Pearson is reportedly in advanced discussions with Germany’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer to offload its iconic newspaper, the Financial Times. The Financial Times Group includes a 50% stake in The Economist magazine and several other titles. In recent years Pearson has been concentrating on consolidating its brand as an educational publisher and over the past few

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Self-Published Title Makes Polari First Book Prize Longlist

Al Brookes’ The Gift of Looking Closely has been selected in the Polari First Book Prize longlist of ten books. The longlist was announced last night at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre. The award was created five years ago to celebrate a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose,

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Troubador Publishing Acquires The Book Guild Ltd

This week Troubador Publishing Ltd (UK) has completed the acquisition of Brighton-based self-publishing service provider The Book Guild Ltd. TIPM understands that discussions between Troubador and The Book Guild had been on-going for several months and a final deal was agreed recently for an undisclosed sum. Troubador will continue to run The Book Guild Ltd as an independent company. Troubador already

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Breaking: New York Court Denies Class Action Certification in Author Solutions Lawsuit

The filing for class action lawsuit status against Author Solutions taken by three authors in the Southern District Court of New York has been denied by Judge Denise Cote. The case was first filed in April 2013 by law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart on behalf of self-published authors Kelvin James, Mary Simmons and Jodi Foster.

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Matador Calls Time on Poor Book Covers

One of the challenges for self-publishing service providers is to offer both flexibility and control for the author while still maintaining the quality of the final published book to the marketplace. Many authors who choose the self-publishing path, and find a suitable service provider, may have strong ideas on how their book cover should look. Indeed,

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Draft2Digital Adds Oyster Subscription Service to Its Distribution Channels

Digital distributor and self-publishing service provider Draft2Digital has added Oyster to its distribution channels. Oyster is a growing e-book subscription service with more than one million titles in its library. Draft2Digital itself has shown substantial growth in the e-book services and distribution market  over the past year considering it is up against competitors like Smashwords and Bookbaby.

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