Monday, April 06, 2009

Author Solutions Gobbles Up Another Rival

Author Solutions, the Mother of Self-Publishing, has just purchased yet another of its rivals.

According to this morning's Publishers Lunch, Author Solutions has purchased Canadian self-publisher Trafford Publishing: "CEO Kevin Weiss tells the WSJ his company will have close to $100 million in sales in 2009."

In addition to Trafford, Author Solutions now owns AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris and Wordclay. Wikipedia claims AuthorHouse and iUniverse are the #1 and #2 self-publishing operations in the United States. Entrepreneur interviewed Keith Ogorek, Author Solutions' director of marketing here in April last year:
"As a company, Author House will publish about one of every 17 titles in the United States this coming year," Ogorek says. That's about 20,000 titles.

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