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Publishing Service Index | June 2014

Publishing Service Index | June 2014

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for June 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past six weeks. CreateSpace and Amazon KDP once again swap places at the top. We recently reported some increased distribution options for Blurb authors (including Amazon Kindle and Ingram print and e-book). If there is positive feedback from authors over the coming weeks


Bookbaby – Reviewed

Bookbaby describes itself as ‘a team of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists’ providing an e-book distribution network and offering publishing services to authors not looking to  sell-out to ‘big publishing.’ Founded in 2011 and based in Oregon, USA, Bookbaby is a brand of the AVL Digital Group, which is a manufacturer and distributor of optical


Publishing Service Index – March 2014 (Exclusive Undisclosed Data to Follow)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for March 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback since Christmas. Several companies no longer operating have been dropped from the index.There are some significant changes in the Publishing Index this month as well as some new providers. We will also be releasing some gathered data we

John Hunt Publishing

John Hunt Publishing – Reviewed

John Hunt Publishing is a UK-based publisher founded in 2001 under the name of O Books. The publisher offers traditional publishing deals and what it describes as co-operative publishing for authors. Following a reorganisation in 2010, the company now publishes approximately 300 titles per year with global sales and a focus on physical stores. One in four books


Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) – Reviewed

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has established itself as the single most recognisable DIY self-publishing platform for authors wanting to publish their books in e-book. Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing back in 2007 in beta form and pitched it initially to ‘publishers’ via marketing emails. Amazon had also just launched the first Kindle e-reader hardware—a basic


The Fine Print of Self-Publishing (Fifth Edition) by Mark Levine | Book Review

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing A Primer on Contracts, Printing Costs, Royalties, Distribution, E-Books, and Marketing By Mark Levine (Bascom Hill Publishing) Paperback (268 pages), $16.95 eBook (PDF, ePub & MOBI), $9.99 Buy Direct (Limited 50% off promotion) Amazon Since 2004, Mark Levine, author of several editions of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, has been


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