Author Solutions is one of the most hated companies in the self-publishing arena because they prey on new writers and sell them packages that range between $3,000 and $12,000 dollars. Their promise is to get your book sold, and authors have reported that their telemarketers harass them on a daily basis trying to get them to spend more money. The animosity was so great, that … [Read more...] about Penguin Random House has Sold Author Solutions
Barnes and Noble operates a self-publishing program called Nook Press. The second generation platform launched in early 2013 and focuses on getting indie authors to submit their books for inclusion into the Nook bookstore. It is my belief that Nook Press is bad for authors and solely exists to financially gouge them at every opportunity.Last year, the former General … [Read more...] about Barnes and Noble Nook Press is Bad for Authors
It's no secret among members of the self-publishing community that there are some names you should just run from. Some of those names, like Author Solutions--who is currently embroiled in not-its-first legal battle with authors in a class action suit--are simply synonymous with ripping off authors who have a dream of being published, but who don't have the various tech and … [Read more...] about B&N’s Nook Press in Bed with the Author Solutions Devil?
Ask an indie author about self-publishing platform Author Solutions, and you'd better have some time to listen to the ranting. The company name has become synonymous with all that's wrong with the current publishing revolution, namely, accusations that they take authors' money and provide little in return.Purchased by Big Six publisher Penguin last summer for a reported … [Read more...] about Penguin’s Vanity Press Still Under Fire
As if Penguin's legal battles in the Department of Justice anti-trust lawsuit involving several major publishing houses and Apple wasn't bothersome enough, a whole new litigation has cropped up. Three self-published authors are suing the publisher over the business practices of its self-publishing platform Author Solutions.According to an article in Courthouse News Service, … [Read more...] about Authors Suing Penguin’s Self-Publishing Platform
A number of blogs and news sites posted uncharacteristically wary responses to this week's announcements coming out in the world of self-publishing and ebook-only imprints. On the first front, a press release stated that self-publishing solutions provider Lulu has teamed up with vanity press Author Solutions (ASI) to promote high-priced packages to would-be authors; at the same … [Read more...] about Authors Warned Away from eBook-Only Imprints
Bowker, the ProQuest group that supplies book information to publishers, libraries, and booksellers and is the official US agency for identifying ISBN numbers, released the results today of its most recent study on self-published books, both print and digital. According to the release on the study, available self-published books now total more than 235,000, nearly a triple … [Read more...] about New Bowker Study on eBooks Shows Self-Publishing Growth
In the last few months, many companies started to launch online based ebook creation tools. This is great news for indie writers because they don't need to download any confusing applications and learn the intricacies of them. Booktango, powered by Author Solutions Inc, has developed a great new toolset that allows you to create a book and submit it to various online … [Read more...] about Booktango Offers New Online eBook Creation Tools