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Eric Penz, an Author Solutions, Pearson author
"My book launched; I did it at the Borders in Redmond; and was overwhelmed that there was a hundred and some books sold and you had standing room only there. A lot of it was friends and family. But, that was kind of an emotional event for me actually. I wasn’t expecting to be choked up."
Eric Penz Author of the novel Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark 

Author Solutions in the News

In October 2012, the owners of Penguin and Random House announced the merger of the two publishing behemoths. The combined entity, called Penguin Random House, is by far the largest publisher in the world, controlling about a fourth of the market, with revenues of $4 billion in 2013 and 250 imprints.

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Nelson formed a strategic partnership with Author Solutions for the new venture, which Nelson and ASI co-manage. Author Solutions provides the full range of publishing functions, selling packages to authors with options for production, different levels of editing, marketing, and getting WestBow titles into distributors’ databases.

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Congratulations to iUniverse author Clifford Thompson for being named one of 10 winners of the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Awards. Thompson, who self-published "Signifying Nothing" through iUniverse, receives a $50,000 cash prize.

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Sergio De La Pava's 700-page novel, A Naked Singularity, started out as a hidden gem, but has become an impressive critical success.

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A sprawling novel about a Manhattan public defence lawyer that was originally self-published by Xlibris after failing to impress mainstream publishers has scooped the $25,000 (£16,000) PEN/Robert W Bingham prize for debut fiction.

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Keith Orogek, senior vice president of corporate marketing, spoke on a panel discussing the affects of digital self-publishing on traditional publishers.

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Priscilla Becker would self-publish her work if she had the choice.

“Your work may be more accessible if you’re published by a major publishing house,” says Becker, a creative writing professor at Columbia and published poet. “But you don’t get paid anything.”

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Getting older seems to bring out the author in people. And South Florida seniors are discovering the booming self-publishing industry is their path to every author's deepest desire: a book.

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Author Solutions, Inc. recently collaborated with publisher titans Simon & Schuster to create Archway Publishing, a self-publishing service for aspiring authors.

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As more traditional publishers crowd into it, there is less distinction between vanity publishing and the normal variety, both of which are profitably taking on characteristics of one another.

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In a new venture, the publisher will charge fees to release, distribute and publicize books in print or digital formats. In turn, those self-published authors get a larger share of sales.

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Simon & Schuster is joining Penguin and other full-service publishers in entering into the self-publishing business. In partnership with Author Solutions (now owned by Penguin), the company is launching Archway Publishing.

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In a major move that is getting a lot of attention in the the world of publishing, Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) announced today, Nov. 27 that they have launched Archway Publishing, a new self-publishing service that will focus on fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s categories.

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Simon & Schuster hopes to get a piece of the rapidly growing self-publishing market in its new partnership with Author Solutions. The companies are launching a self-publishing service, Archway, that will give authors options like a “concierge” and access to a speakers’ bureau.

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Archway Publishing will offer self-publishing services in fiction, non-fiction and children’s categories. It will operate in the US, UK, Australia and India. Author Solutions was bought by Pearson in July for $116m (£74m), with Penguin c.e.o. John Makinson at the time saying "self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry".

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Simon & Schuster's new Archway Publishing division will let writers self-publish printed books and e-books for a fee. In return, the publisher will arrange for distribution and marketing and give the author a portion of sales.

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Simon & Schuster, one of half a dozen big traditional publishers, has licensed its Archway Publishing trademark to Author Solutions Inc., one of the biggest companies that arrange the digital formatting and distribution of self-published titles and sells related services. The pact is the latest confirmation that a once-scorned corner of the book industry is gaining increased credibility with publishers and readers alike.

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“Self-publishing has become a viable and popular route to publication for many authors, and increasingly a source of content for traditional publishers, including Simon & Schuster,” said S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy.

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A leading mainstream publisher and a top self-publishing company are teaming up. Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions Inc. announced Tuesday the creation of Archway Books.

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Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it would become the first of the big six publishing houses to dive deeply into the booming self-publishing market.

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A growing number of retirees are looking to pass along more to the next generation than money and possessions. Life histories, ethical wills and video recordings are just some of the ways people are leaving their personal legacies for loved ones. Their use is becoming more common and small businesses are emerging to meet the demand.

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A writer turned down by traditional publishers — or even avoiding them — now has a range of options. Among them are self-publishing a manuscript as an e-book.

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C.M. Rubin talks with Kevin Weiss, CEO of Author Solutions, about its merger with Penguin Books and the future of self-publishing, e-books, and author choices.

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U.S. Self-publishing firm Author Solutions, which was recently acquired by Penguin Group’s parent for $116 million, has closed a first-look partnership with management/production company Thruline Entertainment.

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Penguin Group, one of the world’s largest trade book publishers, finalized a deal Thursday to purchase Bloomington-based self-publishing company Author Solutions, Inc., for $116 million.

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If it wasn’t clear before that self-publishing is transforming the book industry, Pearson’s $116 million acquisition of self-publishing vendor Author Solutions Inc. should wipe away any lingering uncertainty.

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In the first significant investment by a major trade publisher in self-publishing, Pearson announced Thursday morning that it has acquired self-publishing service Author Solutions from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash (or a little more than one times sales).

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Publishing giant Pearson announced it was purchasing Bloomington-based Author Solutions for $116 million in cash. In other words, self-publishing just went mainstream.

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Pearson, the owner of the Financial Times, said it agreed to buy Author Solutions for $116 million in cash to expand in the growing market for self-publishing services.

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Major publisher Penguin acquired Author Solutions, one of the largest self-publishing platforms, for $116 million. This is a big deal because it signifies that the publishing industry believes now that it needs to embrace the new book ecosystem that has grown out of self-publishing for its own survival. 

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Penguin Group is taking over U.S. self-publishing firm Author Solutions Inc., marking the first major acquisition by a world-renowned book publisher of a large-scale self-publishing company.

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In a move that can be traced to last year’s launch of Book Country, Penguin’s writer community and self-publishing venture, Pearson has acquired Author Solutions Inc.,one of the largest self-publishing ventures in the world, for $116 million from Bertram Capital. In a conference call from ASI’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ind., Penguin CEO John Makinson and ASI CEO Kevin Weiss, said the deal marks the “mainstreaming” of self-publishing, will provide Penguin with “scalable” data and expertise on self-publishing and offers opportunities for global growth and wider distribution to selected ASI authors through Penguin’s channels.

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Acquisition of Author Solutions Inc. by one of world’s largest publishing conglomerates means only good things for the Bloomington-based company and its work force, the company’s chief executive officer said Thursday.

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Pearson, the corporate parent of Penguin Group publishers, announced plans to acquire self-publishing company Author Solutions, Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash. According to the company, ASI earned $100 million in revenues last year, expanding by 12 percent the last three years.

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Book publisher Penguin is embracing self-publishing with its acquisition of Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI). This morning, Penguin parent company Pearson announced that it has purchased the company from Bertram Capital for $116 million.

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Penguin books owner Pearson has taken a big step into the fast-growing world of self-publishing by buying Author Solutions from Bertram Capital for $116m.

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Penguin books owner Pearson took a big step into the fast-growing world of self-publishing on Thursday by buying Author Solutions Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash.

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In a bid to take a leading position in the growing self-publishing market, Penguin has acquired self-publishing platform Author Solutions from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo, Calif.-based venture-capital and private-equity firm, for $116 million.

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By spending over $116m (£74m) buying Author Solutions (which operates as Author House in the UK) Penguin are lending massive credibility to the self-publishing market—it is perhaps the day self-publishing came of age. The valuation marks another landmark too, given the business had revenues of approximately $100m last year.

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Pearson has acquired self-publishing company Author Solutions Inc for $116m (£74m) in cash, with Penguin c.e.o. John Makinson saying "self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry".

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Senior VP of Global Marketing at Author Solutions, Keith Ogorek, chats with Copyright Clearance Center's Chris Kenneally on his Beyond the Book podcast about the future of self-publishing and ASI's new DIY E-book self-publishing imprint, Booktango.

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At the uPublishU conference held June 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York just before the official opening of BookExpo America, Kelly Gallagher, v-p of publisher services at Bowker, offered the most detailed analysis yet of the characteristics of the self-publishing market and covers the new E-book marketing tool offered by Author Solutions.

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There has never been a better time for both aspiring and professional writers than right now. With the advent of e-books, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of companies that are more interested in publishing of writers who are just starting out – or even those who are professionals and just have a lot to say. Booktango takes the idea of e-book publishing and revolutionizes it by offering writers opportunities that no other e-book publisher is offering.

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There are a lot of options out there for self-publishers, but representatives of Booktango, a major player in DIY e-book publishing, truly believe their online formatting and editing tools are best-in-class and easiest to use.

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FuseFrame has hired Ben Ketai to adapt the horror novella Hush for the big screen. Ketai, who wrote and directed the 2010 vampire sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, is repped by APA and Circle of Confusion.

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Over the past five years, print-on-demand technology and a growing number of self-publishing companies whose books can be sold online have inspired writers of all ages to bypass the traditional gatekeeping system for determining who can call himself a “published author.”

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In the December 2010 inaugural issue of PW Select, the heads of different self-publishing companies talked about the way e-books were becoming a bigger part of their business. That trend accelerated in 2011, helping to keep the number of titles produced at the major e-book vendors soaring.

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Write, edit, design, publish, market, sell your own book and book rights with highly experienced publishing staff assisting you? The self-publishing opportunity has changed significantly. Book formats and channels of distribution will continue to evolve, but one thing remains constant in book publishing - it's a hit or miss business.

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Indianapolis native C.S. Marks remembers being advised to flee the state for greener book-publishing pastures like New York City. These days, she's content to live in Spencer, a town of about 2,200, in Owen County.

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Indie book publisher Author Solutions has solidified a $1 million development fund to finance screenplays adapted from books written by its stable of self-published writers, who account for more than 145,000 titles.

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Author Solutions wants to start making movies. The company, which has over 145,000 self-published titles in its library, has started a film development fund with $1 million of seed money to acquire the film rights to titles by its authors.

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Like many authors, Susan G. Bell, who lives in Larchmont, N.Y., had mixed experiences publishing her own book. A former managing director at J. P. Morgan Securities who went back to school to get her master of fine arts at Sarah Lawrence College, she told me she had submitted her Wall Street novel, “When the Getting Was Good,” to about 20 agents. Despite receiving some positive feedback, there were no bites.

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Jann Robbins, the widow of commercial novelist Harold Robbins, who died in 1997 after writing more than 20 bestsellers, is re-releasing 12 of Robbins's novels through self-publishing company AuthorHouse.

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Author Solutions has signed its third deal with a traditional publisher to create a self-publishing division, inking an agreement with Hay House to create Balboa Press. According to Hay House CEO Reid Tracy, the publisher receives “thousands of manuscripts annually, but we can publish only 100 products a year.”

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By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
The New York Times

But even those of us who pride ourselves on never showing skepticism arrive at a crossroads sometimes. Should I really sacrifice 20 minutes of my life to hear out this particular rant (about Google, Obama, the Fed) or politely back away from the ranter? Well, you really sound as if you’re on to something, sir!

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A staggering 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by self-publishers and micro-niche publishers, according to statistics released this morning by R.R. Bowker.

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A Bloomington, Ind.-based independent book publisher today said it has signed an agreement with Amazon.com to distribute its four brands through the popular e-reader Kindle.

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London, England (CNN) -- Getting your name into print is a great way to show off your professional know how and, some say, to make yourself stand out from the workplace competition.

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In 2001, the Wild Writing Women, a San Francisco Bay Area travel writing group of which I was a member, decided to self-publish a book of stories. 

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Sisters Debbie Devlin Zook and Mary Devlin Lynch began writing by themselves, merely because they enjoyed doing it. But eventually they decided that their pastime might be something more.

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Independent book publisher Author Solutions today announced a distribution deal with social publishing startup Scribd.  

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Becoming an author is a deeply cherished dream that for thousands of writers dies slowly under the accumulating weight of form rejection letters, unanswered phone calls and the mounting realization that commercial publishing is a tough, money-oriented business.

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The astronomical growth of the self-publishing industry has opened the door for many aspiring authors. But marketing your own work takes some serious energy — and innovation.

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I think we're stirring the pot—and the pot needs to be stirred,” says Kevin Weiss, CEO of self-publishing giant Author Solutions.

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Kevin Weiss, Author Solutions CEO and president, talks with ABC News Job Club contributor Tory Johnson about self-publishing your book.

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Got a romance novel in your desk drawer? Polish it up and get ready to become a Harlequin author.

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Harlequin Enterprises has launched a self-publishing division for romance novels.

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Author Solutions has teamed up with Harlequin to form Harlequin Horizons, a self-publishing imprint for self-published romance authors.

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A match made in book publishing involves the affairs of a Bloomington, Ind. - based business.

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Christian publisher Thomas Nelson has started a new division to tap into what it sees as growing demand from authors who want to self-publish.

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This is the age of the amafessional, when amateurs are rivaling professionals in opportunity, talent and the ability to produce quality work.

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Thomas Nelson and the self-publishing company Author Solutions Inc. earlier in October announced the launch of WestBow Press, a Christian self-publishing imprint.

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A leading independent publisher, searching for new revenue as the book industry continues to struggle, is entering the self-publishing business.

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Sony opened its electronic bookstore to would-be authors Tuesday in a partnership with two self-publishing companies.

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After watching Amazon make huge headway in the e-book self-publishing game with its Digital Text Platform, Sony is finally making a real push into this area with a new Publisher Portal and partnerships with self-publishing companies Smashwords and Author Solutions.

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Sony announced a partnership with Smashwords and Author Solutions Tuesday which will allow any author to upload a book to their eBook Store, giving self-published writers unprecedented access to the ubiquitous point-of-sale marketplace that is the e-reader.

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Erin Bolger had a vision of what she wanted her maiden manuscript to look like in published form: A country-meets-city cookbook with punchy colours, vivid photographs and an openness about herself at the “heart” of the book.

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Dee Blick, founder of the Marketing Gym, had long had an urge to write a book.

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Kevin Weiss had witnessed other publishing industries fall victim to the independents.

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Can you, a newly minted entrepreneur, get a jump on the competition by self-publishing a book? Yes, you can!

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Ray Goss was told throughout his 40-plus years in radio that he should write a book.

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NOT SO LONG AGO, self publishing was a dirty word. For the serious literary artiste, there was only one route to success.

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At your age, you've had enough life experiences to fill a book, right?.

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She stalked, threatened and pleaded.

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Author Solutions Inc., one of the largest self-publishers in the U.S., has acquired smaller Canadian rival Trafford Publishing, further consolidating the sector at a time when the traditional book industry is in turmoil.

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"Still Alice," written by Lisa Genova, is a novel about a 50-year-old Harvard professor's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

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Online self-publisher Author Solutions continued its buying spree today by acquiring rival Trafford Publishing, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Online self-publishing company Author Solutions (we're not calling them "vanity presses" anymore?) has bought rival Trafford Publishing, a Canada-based brick-and-mortar vanity press that has published more than 15,000 authors from 120 companies.

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Author Solutions Inc (ASI), the US publisher of print-on-demand books, has acquired the publishing assets of Trafford Publishing.

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The biggest name in Canadian self-publishing, the Victoria-based Trafford Publishing, has been purchased by one of the biggest names in American self-publishing, the Indiana-based Author Solutions.

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Rupert Murdoch made himself an unlikely hero to media professionals last week by declaring war on what he called Google's infringement of media intellectual property.

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"Think of PaaS as a sandbox where you can build an application that, once built, you can also run on the same [Web-based] platform," says Kevin Weiss, CEO of Author Solutions Inc.

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The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them.

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Time: Books Unbound

January 21, 2009

Here's a literary parable for the 21st century. Lisa Genova, 38, was a health-care-industry consultant in Belmont, Mass., who wanted to be a novelist, but she couldn't get her book published for love or money. 

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As rapidly as Inteva has adopted the cloud, Author Solutions moved even quicker.

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Author Solutions Inc., one of the country's biggest print-on-demand publishers, has agreed to acquire rival Xlibris, further consolidating the self-publishing niche.

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Author Solutions, a publisher of print-on-demand books based in Bloomington, Ind., has acquired Xlibris, a rival self-publisher, expanding its footprint in one of the fastest-growing segments of publishing.

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Authors Solutions continues to consolidate its hold on the self-publishing market, acquiring one of its major competitors, Xlibris, for an undisclosed price.

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TAMPA - Everybody always told Joe Pelkington he should write a book. Pelkington had a million stories about being a police officer in Tampa for 25 years, from 1960 to 1985, and the police chief in Treasure Island until he retired in 2005.

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It's well established that Americans are reading fewer books than they used to.

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New York may be the center of the publishing universe, but Indiana is the largest player in the self-publishing industry.

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Like many journalists, I've dreamed of writing a book.

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One of the country's largest self-publishers is acquiring a rival in an effort to fend off competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. and Lulu.com, underscoring the appeal of independent publishing to many fledgling authors.

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