Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing | Tamblyn at FutureBook UK 2013

This is Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s Chief Operating Officer, delivering his speech at last week’s FutureBook 2013. His speech is titled “Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing”. Tamblyn reflects on a testing time for the e-book publishing platform when almost overnight all its books were removed from circulation following a news article […]

Self-Published Author Bennett Scoops Irish Bord Gais Children’s Book Award

Photo: Ger Holland Photography Self-published author Benji Bennett has won the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Jnr. Award at this year’s National Irish Book Awards, announced last night at a gala event in Dublin for Irish publishers and booksellers. Bennett’s self-published When You Were Born was one of six nominations in the children’s junior […]

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 […]

Publishing Service Index – December 2013

 This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for DECEMBER 2013 and the final one for this year. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past six weeks. Smashwords is now included and comes in at number four. This ranking is provisional and should settle over the coming couple of months. Penguin’s Tarcher imprint […]

The Key Book Publishing Paths 2.0 | Jane Friedman

Some TIPM readers will remember when I featured Jane Friedman’s excellent infographic on 5 Key Publishing Paths in June of this year. I wrote this article about the infographic and shared some thoughts on it. It led to some comments and discussion with Jane, here and elsewhere, and a lively and lengthy debate on how […]

Guest Post: You don’t need social media for sales! | Jon Cantin

It seems like every second word out of some marketers’ mouths somehow involves social media in one form or another. It has almost become the default and seemingly essential buzzword to get people’s attention! Companies big and small have jumped on this bandwagon, which I think is a rapidly fading fad, and authors are being […]

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! […]

Self-Publising in the United States 2007-12 | Some Report Analysis

Bowker is the leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions for the publishing industry. Last month it released a detailed six-page report on self-publishing. Self-Publishing in the United States, 2007-2012 is the result of data gathering and analysis based on ISBN output by service providers and micro-publishers in the USA over a period of […]

Book Country Launch Curated Kickstarter Page

Penguin Random House continues to oversee the expansion and development of Penguin Group’s self-publishing imprint and writing and reading community, Book Country. Penguin has just announced the launch of ‘a curated’ page for Book Country on Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding program. Brandi Larsen, Book Country Director, announced the news this week on the community’s blog: We wanted to give […]