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Publishing Service Index: November 2018 [with notes]

Publishing Service Index: November 2018 [with notes]

This is the last PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our previous one was released earlier this year in April and I am switching to releasing it just twice a year (generally, Spring and Winter). The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of one of the stalwarts of the self-publishing

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When Should You Publish Your Book? – Eugene Eaton | Guest Post

What’s the Best Time for Book Launches? Aspiring self-published authors don’t make connections with official publishers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you’re able to publish your own work, why wouldn’t you do it? However, there’s a problem: you don’t get access to the wisdom that publishers have at their fingertips. Well it’s not

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Spiderwize UK – Reviewed (Updated, September 2018)

Spiderwize, a division of print and creative and development design company Bonacia UK, describes its services as ‘assisted self-publishing’ and though based in Peterborough, England, the services are available to UK and US authors. Spiderwize has become more prominent in recent years, particularly in the UK, and now has more than 200 published titles. We

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Amazon Confirms that CreateSpace and KDP Print will Merge into a Single Platform

Not in the least bit unexpected, Amazon has informed authors that its CreateSpace platform is set to merge with KDP Print soon. This has been on the horizon for more than 18 months since Amazon launched KDP Print in 2016. Authors have been receiving an alert notification on their CreateSpace dashboards over recent days and many

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Why Self-Published Authors Need Libraries – Silvia Woolard | Guest Post

With all the e-book and Kindle craze in recent years, many of us started to think that libraries have become a thing with an expiry rate. However, despite the digitalization of the book as an educational tool, we still haven’t found anything like the library in that form. Public libraries have a long history of

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ALLi’s Orna Ross Interviews Darren Hardy – Amazon’s UK Manager of Kindle Direct Publishing [Video]

Orna Ross of the Alliance of Independent Authors interviews Darren Hardy, Amazon’s UK Manager of Kindle Direct Publishing. You can view the full interview transcript here.

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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part Two) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product. (Part One, here.)   At one point around December, about a month after I had moved to the tiny office run by this black-hearted publishing concern, I had gone for one of my lengthy walks around the pier around midday

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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part One) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product.   It is difficult, and probably unnecessary, to describe the existential panic that descends on you once you are cast loose from university to fend for yourself in the adult world. In my case, the general misery that descends with

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How the Internet of Things Changes Publishing – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

Anyone today can tell you how connected we are to the internet. After all, most of us keep our internet access at our fingertips. The internet isn’t something used solely for necessity anymore, either. Once upon a time, the internet was utilized mainly for finding information. Over time, though, it has become continually more involved

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Google Play Books Platform is Open Again to Indie Authors for Direct Uploads

The Google Publisher Program allowed independent authors and small presses to sell ebooks in the Google Play bookstore. When the program was active it become a cesspool of piracy. Fake authors would sell ebooks they never wrote and  publishing companies would rename all of the main characters in Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey and

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