Publishing Service Index: September 2014

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for September 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past eight weeks. CreateSpace drops from the top spot to second, with Amazon KDP back where it was in June. Both have swapped places several times over the past few months.

Two suppliers that ceased trading have been removed from the index.Blurb make the most significant rise this month. moving up to 9th.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.

1 2 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) GLOBAL DIY 592.46 UP
2 1 CreateSpace USA DIY/ASP 585.6 DOWN
3 3 IngramSpark GLOBAL PRT/FUL 546.2 SAME
4 4 Lightning Source (Direct) GLOBAL PRT/FUL 515.2 SAME
5 5 Smashwords USA DIY 493.60 SAME
6 6 Matador UK ASP 450.49 SAME
7 7 Mill City Press USA PUB/ASP 431.01 SAME
8 8 SilverWood Books UK ASP 385.85 SAME
9 11 Blurb GLOBAL DIY 374.29 UP
10 9 Lulu GLOBAL DIY/ASP 366.31 DOWN
11 10 BookLocker USA ASP 363.24 DOWN
12 12 Authors On Line UK ASP 354.76 SAME
13 13 USA PRT/FUL 334.03 SAME
14 15 Bookbaby USA DIY/ASP 327.40 UP
15 14 Publish Green GLOBAL ASP 327.30 DOWN
16 17 Kobo Writing Life GLOBAL DIY 326.10 DOWN
17 16 Dog Ear Publishing USA ASP 325.31 DOWN
18 18 York Publishing Services UK PRT/FULL 316.05 SAME
19 19 John Hunt Publishing GLOBAL PUB/ASP 307.29 SAME
20 20 Wingspan USA ASP 299.99 SAME
21 21 Aventine USA ASP 297.98 SAME
22 22 Thomson-Shore USA PRT/ASP 296.04 SAME
23 27 CPI UK Antony Rowe EUROPE PRT 291.67 UP
24 23 Checkpoint Press IRELAND PUB/ASP 291.34 DOWN
25 26 Mijn Bestseller EUROPE DIY 290.95 UP
26 24 Book Country GLOBAL ASP 290.90 DOWN
27 25 VirtualBookVorm USA ASP 290.87 DOWN
28 28 Acorn Independent Press UK ASP 287.72 SAME
29 29 SelfPublishBooks/Lettertec IRELAND ASP 287.72 SAME
30 31 Grosvenor House Publishing UK ASP 285.18 UP
31 32 Apex Publishing UK PUB/ASP 284.37 UP
32 30 iUniverse USA ASP 284.19 DOWN
33 33 Wasteland Press USA ASP 283.23 SAME
34 35 Infinity Publishing USA ASP 280.97 UP
35 36 Cold River Studio USA ASP 280.63 UP
36 34 Outskirts Press USA ASP 280.52 DOWN
37 42 The Choir Press UK/USA ASP 279.23 UP
38 37 FastPencil USA DIY 277.24 DOWN
39 39 Xulon Press USA ASP 276.37 SAME
40 38 Tate Publishing USA PUB/ASP 276.09 DOWN
41 40 Americas Press USA PRT 276.00 DOWN
42 41 Pumbo EUROPE DIY 274.66 DOWN
43 44 AuthorHouse GLOBAL ASP 273.82 UP
44 43 PubliBook EUROPE DIY 270.92 DOWN
45 46 Janus Publishing UK ASP 269.32 UP
46 45 Abbott Press USA PUB/ASP 268.01 DOWN
47 49 Diadem Books UK/USA ASP 267.94 UP
50 50 Open Book Editions USA ASP 265.95 SAME
51 51 Direct POD UK PRT 265.40 SAME
52 52 Book Guild Publishing UK ASP 264.98 SAME
53 53 Llumina Press USA PUB/ASP 264.63 SAME
54 54 A.H. Stockwell UK ASP 264.02 SAME
55 55 Original Writing IRELAND ASP 263.59 SAME
56 56 Eprint Ireland IRELAND PRT 263.22 SAME
57 57 Austin MacAuley UK ASP 263.08 SAME
58 58 True Directions USA PUB/ASP 261.24 SAME
59 60 UKUnpublished UK ASP 260.60 UP
60 61 The Book Producers IRELAND ASP 260.44 UP
61 62 Pomegranate Press UK/USA ASP 260.29 UP
62 59 Xlibris GLOBAL ASP 258.07 DOWN
63 63 Better Book Company UK ASP 256.15 SAME
64 64 Turning Stone Press USA ASP 253.72 SAME
65 66 Archway Publishing GLOBAL PUB/ASP 253.34 UP
66 65 Balboa Press GLOBAL PUB/ASP 251.35 DOWN
67 67 Arima UK ASP 248.41 SAME
68 68 Gemini International IRELAND PRT 246.22 SAME
69 69 Trafford Publishing USA ASP 245.38 SAME
70 70 WestBow Press USA PUB/ASP 244.14 SAME
71 71 Epic Press UK ASP 242.19 SAME
72 72 Chandler Book Design UK PRT 241.91 SAME
73 73 Choice Publishing IRELAND ASP 240.74 SAME
74 74 Dolman Scott/Oak Press UK ASP 238.66 SAME
75 76 DellArte Press USA PUB/ASP 238.51 SAME
77 77 ShopMyBook (Unibook) GLOBAL PRT 228.22 SAME
78 78 Spiderwize UK ASP 221.41 SAME
79 79 Olympia Publishers UK PUB/ASP 210.97 SAME
80 80 Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie UK PUB/ASP 210.00 SAME
81 81 Melrose Books UK ASP 208.68 SAME
82 82 PublishAmerica/America Star Books USA ASP 207.57 SAME
83 83 Dom Tom Publishing UK/USA ASP 204.02 SAME
84 86 Raider International Pub./Green Shore GLOBAL ASP 111.70 UP



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) 

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.

Mick Rooney – Publishing Consultant

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