eBook Only articles


ISBNs: The Blame Game

ISBNs: The Blame Game

There have been a couple of articles written this month on the subject of ISBNs and their use — or rather non-use — by self-published authors, particularly authors publishing exclusively in e-book form. It’s a subject TIPM has visited a number of times, most notably Ian Lamont’s guest post; How Bowker uses its U.S. ISBN


Draft2Digital – Reviewed

Draft2Digital (D2D) is an Oklahoma-based digital publishing aggregator providing conversion and distribution services for authors. The company was founded in 2012 and currently Kris Austin is co-owner and CEO. D2D is one of the more recent arrivals to the self-publishing service field and from some of the feedback I’ve had over the past year, it’s


Publishing Service Index | July 2014

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for July 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past four weeks. CreateSpace has retaken the top spot ahead of Amazon KDP. Both have swapped places several times over the past few months.This months index sees the introduction of Kobo Writing Life and Publish Green, reviewed in full on TIPM


Publish Green – Reviewed

Publish Green is the e-book publishing division of Hillcrest Media Group, based in Minneapolis, USA. Launched in 2011, it provides a full range of e-book services, from file conversion, formatting, editing, distribution, marketing and custom web design to authors (both self and traditionally published) and small presses. Our patent-pending eBook formatting techniques are unique to


Kobo Writing Life – Reviewed

Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Kobo has emerged in the last two years as a global DIY self-publishing platform and e-bookstore, as well as producing its own range of e-reader devices. Originally owned by Indigo Books & Music, Japanese corporation Rakuten bought a controlling, majority stake in the company in 2012. The company’s name is


Smashwords: The Little Engine That Could

Smashwords, the e-book distributor and self-publishing platform, continues to expand its global reach with new retail partners, as well as subscription services and library channels. The company has already added Overdrive, the world’s largest library e-book platform and subscription services Oyster (last September) and Scribd (in February). Here is another deal inked with txtr.com, a Germany e-retailer and reading


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