Publishing Service Index: September 2015

indexSept_2015This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for September 2015. IngramSpark retains its number one position for the second month running in the index.

 

Kobo Writing Life swaps places with Blurb just inside the top ten. Elsewhere, after a quiet August and early September, it is much as it was over the past few weeks.

 

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) was losing some significant ground to the top two over the past few months, but the dust seems to have settled on the recent debate over Amazon’s changes on revenue in its borrowing programs (KU and KOL). You can catch up on the latest news on this debate from indie authors Joe Konrath, who revealed his figures this week, and David Gaughran.

 

TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. The amount of feedback over the past four weeks to TIPM continues to remain particularly high and we want to thank all of those who took the time to share their publishing experiences. 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. We are hoping to add at least one or two new reviews for the June index.
SEP POS AUG POS COMPANY/SERVICE PROVIDER PRIMARY COMPANY BASEMARKET SERVICE CLASS SEP INDEX VALUE INDEX POS MOVE
1 1 IngramSpark GLOBAL PRT/FUL 704.04 SAME
2 2 CreateSpace USA DIY/FSP 701.84 SAME
3 3 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) GLOBAL DIY 678.1 SAME
4 4 Smashwords USA DIY 637.83 SAME
5 5 Matador UK FSP 613.89 SAME
6 6 Lightning Source (Direct) GLOBAL PRT/FUL 590.11 SAME
7 7 Mill City Press USA PUB/FSP 551.96 SAME
8 8 SilverWood Books USA FSP 524 SAME
9 10 Kobo Writing Life GLOBAL DIY 512.83 UP
10 9 Blurb GLOBAL DIY 500.65 DOWN
11 11 BookLocker USA FSP 463.28 SAME
12 12 Lulu GLOBAL DIY/FSP 462.66 SAME
13 13 Draft2Digital UK/USA DIY 451.77 SAME
14 16 Bookbaby USA DIY/FSP 429.6 UP
15 14 Dog Ear Publishing USA FSP 429.31 DOWN
16 15 Publish Green GLOBAL FSP 429.15 DOWN
17 17 Selfpublishing.com USA PRT/FUL 416.69 SAME
18 18 Thomson-Shore USA PRT/FSP 403.93 SAME
19 19 Unbound UK PUB/CRW 400.21 SAME
20 20 York Publishing Services UK PRT/FULL 396.77 SAME
21 22 John Hunt Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 393.39 UP
22 21 Pressbook USA DIY 391.06 DOWN
23 23 Wingspan USA FSP 385.05 SAME
24 24 Mijn Bestseller EUROPE DIY 384.41 SAME
25 25 CPI UK Antony Rowe EUROPE PRT 382.25 SAME
26 27 eBookIT DIY/FSP 374.38 UP
27 26 Aventine USA FSP 373.61 DOWN
28 28 Checkpoint Press IRELAND PUB/FSP 365.93 SAME
29 29 Cold River Studio USA FSP 365.02 SAME
30 30 SelfPublishBooks/Lettertec IRELAND FSP 364.53 SAME
31 31 VirtualBookVorm USA FSP 362.57 SAME
32 32 Wheatmark Publishing USA FSP 361.04 SAME
33 33 Book Country GLOBAL FSP 359.84 SAME
34 34 Infinity Publishing USA FSP 356.94 SAME
35 35 Grosvenor House Publishing UK FSP 354.3 SAME
36 36 Acorn Independent Press UK FSP 353.58 SAME
37 38 The Choir Press UK/USA FSP 351.92 UP
38 39 Wasteland Press USA FSP 351.74 UP
39 37 Google Play Books GLOBAL DIY 350.88 DOWN
40 40 Apex Publishing UK PUB/FSP 350.71 SAME
41 41 FastPencil USA DIY 348.66 SAME
42 42 Americas Press USA PRT 346.62 SAME
43 43 Pumbo EUROPE DIY 346.41 SAME
44 44 Tate Publishing USA PUB/ASP 345.99 SAME
45 45 Xulon Press USA FSP 344.78 SAME
46 47 Outskirts Press USA FSP 342.74 UP
47 46 Telemachus Press USA FSP 342.74 DOWN
48 48 Authoright UK/USA FSP 341.02 SAME
49 49 Janus Publishing UK FSP 340.38 SAME
50 50 Book Guild Publishing UK FSP 337.6 SAME
51 56 A.H. Stockwell UK FSP 335.22 UP
52 51 iUniverse USA FSP 335 DOWN
53 52 Kazoo Publishing Services IRELAND FSP 334.62 DOWN
54 53 Open Book Editions USA FSP 334.49 DOWN
55 54 Diadem Books UK/USA FSP 334.23 DOWN
56 55 Pyjama Press UK/EUROPE FSP 333.62 DOWN
57 57 Kbuuk USA DIY 331.83 SAME
58 58 Direct POD UK PRT 331.66 SAME
59 59 Llumina Press USA PUB/FSP 331.18 SAME
60 60 PubliBook EUROPE DIY 330.93 SAME
61 61 Eprint Ireland IRELAND PRT 329.43 SAME
62 62 True Directions USA PUB/FSP 327.56 SAME
63 63 Original Writing IRELAND FSP 326.83 SAME
64 64 Abbott Press USA PUB/FSP 324.09 SAME
65 65 Pomegranate Press UK/USA FSP 324.06 SAME
66 66 The Book Producers IRELAND FSP 323.64 SAME
67 67 Better Book Company UK FSP 319.62 SAME
68 68 UKUnpublished UK FSP 319.55 SAME
69 69 Turning Stone Press USA FSP 319.48 SAME
70 70 Arima UK FSP 318.74 SAME
71 71 Archway Publishing GLOBAL PUB/FSP 314.26 SAME
72 72 Gemini International IRELAND PRT 308.62 SAME
73 73 Austin MacAuley UK FSP 305.59 SAME
74 74 Chandler Book Design UK PRT 302.06 SAME
75 77 Dolman Scott/Oak Press UK FSP 301.47 UP
76 75 Choice Publishing IRELAND FSP 300.1 DOWN
77 76 WestBow Press USA PUB/FSP 299.82 DOWN
78 79 Epic Press UK FSP 297.9 UP
79 78 Balboa Press GLOBAL PUB/FSP 297.49 DOWN
80 80 Trafford Publishing USA FSP 295.4 SAME
81 81 AuthorHouse GLOBAL FSP 294.4 SAME
82 82 Dorrance Press USA FSP 287.11 SAME
83 83 ShopMyBook (Unibook) GLOBAL PRT 283.37 SAME
84 84 Spire Publishing UK/USA FSP 277.24 SAME
85 86 Spiderwize UK FSP 275.93 UP
86 85 Xlibris GLOBAL FSP 272.91 DOWN
87 89 Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie UK PUB/FSP 253.64 UP
88 87 Dom Tom Publishing UK/USA FSP 253.01 DOWN
89 88 Melrose Books UK FSP 251.66 DOWN
90 90 PublishAmerica/America Star Books USA FSP 250.98 SAME
91 91 Olympia Publishers UK PUB/FSP 212.9 SAME
92 92 Raider International Pub./Green Shore GLOBAL FSP 121.29 SAME

 

(KEY)
  • DIY – Do-it-yourself bespoke services and basic conversion and formatting services
  • FSP – Full Service Provider (Packages & Bespoke) – 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

 

There is a much more detailed explanation of what the Publishing Service Index is and how authors can best use it in this post.

 

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.

 

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