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IngramSpark – Reviewed

IngramSpark – Reviewed

Ingram Book Group is the largest distributor and wholesaler of books in the United States. Founded in 1964, the company also owns Lightning Source, a print and fulfilment company with facilities throughout the world. In the summer of 2013, Ingram launched a dedicated publishing platform for small publishers. Although touted by many as Ingram’s answer


True Directions (Tarcher Books/iUniverse) – Overview

Penguin’s mind-body-spirit imprint, Tarcher Books, is the latest traditional publisher to launch a self-publishing venture for authors. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that the new Tarcher Books imprint is a publishing partnership with iUniverse (also a self-publishing imprint and owned by self-publishing service monolith, Author Solutions Inc.). Hey presto!


Smashwords – Reviewed

Smashwords is one of the world’s largest distributors of independent and self-published e-books with over 200,000 titles in its retail catalogue worldwide. The company also provides an online publishing platform for authors and publishers. Founded by Mark Coker, and officially launched in 2008, it represents the single most well-known option for author-publishers outside of Amazon’s


Book Guild Publishing – Reviewed (UPDATED, October 2013)

Book Guild Publishing is a UK Independent publisher based in East-Sussex. It has been in the publishing business for thirty years. Headed by MD, Carol Bliss, Book Guild impressively list full details of staff and roles in the company. That’s a big plus and something many established publishers in both conventional and service publishing don’t do.


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


Publishing Service Index | October 2013

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for OCTOBER 2013. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past two months, but the most significant change to this index is the addition of three new and individually rated categories, Distribution, Product & Service Range and Customer Feedback & Transparency. IngramSpark is listed and ranked for


Turning Stone Press (Hampton Roads Publishing) – Reviewed

A little over one year ago Hampton Roads Publishing, in collaboration with Conari Press (a division of Red Wheel/Weiser LLC), launched a self-publishing service imprint called Turning Stone Press. Unlike a number of big publishers to launch such paid-service imprints over the past four years, like Thomas Nelson, Harlequin and Simon & Schuster, this was


Publishing Service Index – July 2013

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for JULY 2013. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past two months. FastPencil (recently reviewed here) and Turning Stone Press, Hampton Roads Publishing’s new author service imprint (full review due soon – current rating is provisional) are both new to the index.   IngramSpark is listed at the bottom of