Author Solutions

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Author Solutions
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Bloomington, Indiana
Publication types Books
Imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Wordclay and Xlibris
Official website

Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is the parent company of the self-publishing companies AuthorHouse, iUniverse, and Xlibris.[1][2][3] These publishers include the largest and second largest print-on-demand (POD) book publishers in the United States.[4] It is owned by Bertram Capital Management.

Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI reports publishing more than 80,000 titles using its POD technology that allows books to be printed individually.[5] In April 2008, ASI Marketing Director Keith Ogorek said that 1 out of every 17 books published in the United States is from AuthorHouse.[4]

In 2008, online retailer Amazon announced that it would no longer sell print on demand books on its website unless they were either published by their own POD subsidiary, BookSurge, or unless additional fees were paid. Author Solutions raised questions about the legality of the move but eventually agreed to these demands.[6]

[edit] Criticism

In December 2009, writing in an article for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association of America, Harpercollins fantasy novelist Victoria Strauss criticized Author Solutions as a dishonest vanity press service, parading as a 'self publishing service' to distance itself from the social stigma of being an oldstyle vanity publisher and attempting to blur the definition between independent publisher and vanity press.[7]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Milliot, Jim (September 9, 2007). "AuthorHouse acquires iUniverse". Publishers Weekly. 
  2. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (September 7, 2007). "Author Solutions to acquire rival self-publisher iUniverse". Wall Street Journal. 
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  4. ^ a b Kaelbe, Steve (April, 2008). "Publishing for the people: Bloomington is home to the no. 1 company in self-publishing". Entrepreneur. 
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  6. ^ Kirch, Claire (April 21, 2008). "AuthorHouse acquires iUniverse". Publishers Weekly. 
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