Publishing Service Index: December 2014

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for December 2014. It is of course the last one this year. It reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past eight weeks. The most significant change is that Amazon KDP has slipped to third and also reflects the growing discontent self-published authors have with the introduction of Amazon Unlimited and recent communications regarding the new VAT  law  in Europe for 2015. We also have five new providers entering the Index this month.

 

TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. Your comments are always welcome and every comment and experience of a publishing service—positive or negative—is always reflected in every new index published through TIPM.

 

DEC POS OCT POS COMPANY/SERVICE PROVIDER PRIMARY COMPANY BASEMARKET SERVICE CLASS DEC INDEX VALUE INDEX POS MOVE
1 2 CreateSpace USA DIY/ASP 616.58 UP
2 3 IngramSpark GLOBAL PRT/FUL 610.7 UP
3 1 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) GLOBAL DIY 603.74 DOWN
4 5 Smashwords USA DIY 525.2 UP
5 4 Lightning Source (Direct) GLOBAL PRT/FUL 524.62 DOWN
6 6 Matador UK ASP 460.22 SAME
7 7 Mill City Press USA PUB/ASP 431.03 SAME
8 8 Lulu GLOBAL DIY/ASP 404.8 SAME
9 10 Blurb GLOBAL DIY 397.09 UP
10 9 SilverWood Books USA ASP 395.89 DOWN
11 11 BookLocker USA ASP 371.3 SAME
12 13 Bookbaby USA DIY/ASP 345.8 UP
13 15 Kobo Writing Life GLOBAL DIY 344.1 UP
14 14 Selfpublishing.com USA PRT/FUL 338.16 SAME
15 16 Publish Green GLOBAL ASP 327.46 UP
16 17 Dog Ear Publishing USA ASP 327.41 UP
17 18 York Publishing Services UK PRT/FULL 320.07 UP
18 81 Unbound UK PUB/CRW 318.7 UP
19 19 John Hunt Publishing GLOBAL PUB/ASP 307.26 SAME
20 20 Wingspan USA ASP 302 SAME
21 21 CPI UK Antony Rowe EUROPE PRT 301.7 SAME
22 23 Thomson-Shore USA PRT/ASP 300.06 UP
23 24 Mijn Bestseller EUROPE DIY 298 UP
24 22 Aventine USA ASP 297.88 DOWN
25 NEW eBookIT 296.1 NEW
26 26 Book Country GLOBAL ASP 292.94 SAME
27 25 Checkpoint Press IRELAND PUB/ASP 291.34 DOWN
28 27 VirtualBookVorm USA ASP 290.89 DOWN
29 28 SelfPublishBooks/Lettertec IRELAND ASP 287.43 DOWN
30 31 Infinity Publishing USA ASP 287.01 UP
31 29 Acorn Independent Press UK ASP 285.75 DOWN
32 NEW Wheatmark Publishing USA ASP 284.87 NEW
33 32 Apex Publishing UK PUB/ASP 284.38 DOWN
34 30 Grosvenor House Publishing UK ASP 283.23 DOWN
35 34 Wasteland Press USA ASP 283.23 DOWN
36 33 iUniverse USA ASP 282.99 DOWN
37 35 Outskirts Press USA ASP 282.1 DOWN
38 37 The Choir Press UK/USA ASP 281.23 DOWN
39 36 Cold River Studio USA ASP 278.63 DOWN
40 40 Tate Publishing USA PUB/ASP 276.67 SAME
41 38 Xulon Press USA ASP 276.08 DOWN
42 41 Americas Press USA PRT 276.01 DOWN
43 42 Pumbo EUROPE DIY 274.68 DOWN
44 39 FastPencil USA DIY 273.25 DOWN
45 43 PubliBook EUROPE DIY 272.78 DOWN
46 NEW Telemachus Press USA ASP 272.42 NEW
47 45 Janus Publishing UK ASP 269.32 DOWN
48 46 Diadem Books UK/USA ASP 267.95 DOWN
49 NEW Kbuuk USA DIY 267.9 NEW
50 48 Llumina Press USA PUB/ASP 266.64 DOWN
51 49 Open Book Editions USA ASP 266 DOWN
52 50 Direct POD UK PRT 265.55 DOWN
53 47 Abbott Press USA PUB/ASP 265.51 DOWN
54 51 Book Guild Publishing UK ASP 265.21 DOWN
55 NEW Pyjama Press UK/EUROPE ASP 265.03 NEW
56 44 AuthorHouse GLOBAL ASS 264.95 DOWN
57 52 A.H. Stockwell UK ASP 264.02 DOWN
58 54 Eprint Ireland IRELAND PRT 263.24 DOWN
59 53 Original Writing IRELAND ASP 261.6 DOWN
60 56 True Directions USA PUB/ASP 261.24 DOWN
61 57 The Book Producers IRELAND ASP 260.46 DOWN
62 58 Pomegranate Press UK/USA ASP 260.29 DOWN
63 60 UKUnpublished UK ASP 256.59 DOWN
64 61 Better Book Company UK ASP 256.15 DOWN
65 55 Austin MacAuley UK ASP 254.72 DOWN
66 62 Turning Stone Press USA ASP 253.72 DOWN
67 63 Archway Publishing GLOBAL PUB/ASP 253.51 DOWN
68 59 Xlibris GLOBAL ASP 253.1 DOWN
69 64 Balboa Press GLOBAL PUB/ASP 249.83 DOWN
70 66 Arima UK ASP 248.42 DOWN
71 67 Trafford Publishing USA ASP 247.79 DOWN
72 65 WestBow Press USA PUB/ASP 247.63 DOWN
73 68 Gemini International IRELAND PRT 246.22 DOWN
74 69 Epic Press UK ASP 242.2 DOWN
75 70 Chandler Book Design UK PRT 241.87 DOWN
76 71 Choice Publishing IRELAND ASP 240.75 DOWN
77 72 Dolman Scott/Oak Press UK ASP 238.66 DOWN
78 NEW Spire Publishing UK/USA ASP 238.66 NEW
79 73 DellArte Press USA PUB/ASP 238.52 DOWN
80 NEW Dorrance Press USA ASP 232.85 NEW
81 74 ShopMyBook (Unibook) GLOBAL PRT 228.23 DOWN
82 75 Spiderwize UK ASP 221.42 DOWN
83 76 Olympia Publishers UK PUB/ASP 211.12 DOWN
84 77 Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie UK PUB/ASP 210.01 DOWN
85 78 PublishAmerica/America Star Books USA ASP 209.93 DOWN
86 79 Melrose Books UK ASP 206.69 DOWN
87 80 Dom Tom Publishing UK/USA ASP 204.02 DOWN
88 82 Raider International Pub./Green Shore GLOBAL ASP 105.71 DOWN
89 12 Authors On Line UK ASP 102 DOWN
(KEY)
  • DIY – Do-it-yourself bespoke services
  • ASP – Author Solutions Services (Packages) – May also include Partnership publishing programs
  • PUB – Also offers Mainstream Contracts or is a service imprint of a traditional publishing house
  • PRT – Printer (primarily a printer with some additional but limited services)
  • FULL – Fulfilment Services provided for distribution logistics, warehousing of stock (including supply to wholesaler and retailers)
  • CRW – Crowdsource 

The most asked question we get at The Independent Publishing Magazine is often along the lines of; ‘What self-publishing service should I go with?‘; ‘Is so and so a good service to go with?‘; or ‘Is so and so a scam?

In some cases, that is an easy question to answer, cut and dry, but in other circumstances, the answer is entirely arbitrary. We are not here to review and run down a company’s name, nor are we here to endorse a company’s services. If we were only to review companies according to every point on an ideal dream list of what an author wants/should get, we would have very few reviews to share with you. In truth, no company has ever attained a 10/10, and only a few have recorded more than 08/10.
The reality is that some companies offering publishing services begin in a blaze of glory and we might rate them favourably at the time; others, frankly, are just poor, and they improve (sometimes in response to our reviews) to offer reasonable or better services. We are constantly updating our reviews, but this takes considerable time, and so do the initial reviews.

 

We get a vast amount of information from authors and the companies selling author solutions services every day – good and bad. We get a great deal of information from monitoring services week by week against the experiences of what authors report back to us. Simply put, and truthfully, we cannot reflect all of this information through the reviews. That is why the comments section under each company we review is so important. It is your recording and dealings with that specific company, and a positive or negative flag to subsequent authors considering using the same company.

 

So, how do we reflect the changing ups and downs with services?

 

We believe the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX will help to guide authors to services on the up, and those, gradually on the down. If you like, what we present is a kind of stock exchange for companies supplying publisher services..

 

The PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX was first launched in June 2010.

 

Leave a Reply

*