Amazon Acquires Book Review Community Goodreads

Perhaps the biggest news so far this year in the book world is the announcement by Amazon late today that it will acquire Goodreads, the social media book review and recommendation community. Subject to some closing conditions of the deal (the purchase price has not yet been revealed), Amazon will acquire Goodreads in the second quarter of this year. Goodreads has shown extraordinary growth […]

Publishing Service Index – April 2013 | TIPM

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for APRIL 2013. This update reflects some review updates and the collapse of Vantage Press last November. TIPM received a very high volume of feedback on services since the last index at the end of January, both positive and negative, and this is also reflected in the latest index […]

More Self-Publishing Solutions From A Maturing Community

One of the real strengths of the self-publishing community is its ability to quickly identify its weaknesses and shortcomings and find cost-effective and workable solutions when authors globally share their experiences, information and resources. I’ve worked in a number of different sectors, from retail, artist management and promotion, through to publishing, but I don’t think […]

Ex-Freelancer and RPI Authors Prepare to File Petition with IC3

Readers of The Independent Publishing Magazine will know that we have reviewed and reported on the travails of U.S. publishing service provider Raider Publishing International (RPI) over several years. TIPM first reviewed RPI back in 2008. At the time I considered RPI to be innovative and something of a bright new star in the self-publishing […]

Guest Post: How Bowker uses its U.S. ISBN monopoly to rip off new authors

An author or publisher who wants to distribute a print edition of a book in the United States will eventually have to get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) assigned to the title. ISBN records contain author, publisher, size, format, topic-related information, pricing, and other data needed by retailers, libraries, and book distribution systems. Some […]

Lulu Partner with Author Solutions to Offer Premium Marketing Services

It seems a week in the self-publishing world does not pass by without Author Solutions being in the news for the right or wrong reasons. Last week TIPM reported that US attorneys, Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP, are currently investigating the practices of Author Solutions, the largest global provider of author services. This week, in something of a […]

Random House Digital Imprints | It’s a duck!

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck.  Late last year, Random House, one of the big six publishing houses (now five following the US Department of Justice’s approval of the merger deal with Penguin), launched three digital-only publishing imprints alongside its already existing digital […]