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Publishing Service Index: February 2014

Publishing Service Index: February 2014

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for FEBRUARY 2014 and the first one for this year. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback since Christmas. Several companies no longer operating have been dropped from the index. Smashwords makes a second appearance since our review late last year and has risen one place to 3rd.


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


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