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|Parent company||Penguin Random House|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Bloomington, Indiana|
|Key people||Andrew Phillips - CEO, Kevin Gregory - COO |
|Publication types||Books, eBooks|
|Imprints||AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris, Palibrio, Booktango|
Author Solutions is the parent company of the self publishing companies/imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris, Palibrio, and Booktango. Author Solutions also maintains partnerships with traditional book publishers Simon & Schuster (Archway Publishing), Thomas Nelson (WestBow Press), Hay House (Balboa Press), and Guideposts (Inspiring Voices); as well as with Writer's Digest (Abbott Press).
Author Solutions is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana.
Founded in 2007, Author Solutions reports publishing 290,000 titles written by 250,000 authors. In 2012, Pearson acquired Author Solutions from Bertram Capital Management for $116 million. It also offers a suite of “book-to-screen” services intended to provide authors with Hollywood access.
Self-publishing has experienced rapid growth since 2006, with annual title output increasing 287 percent according to R.R. Bowker, the agency that issues ISBNs. During that same period, many authors hoping to self-publish were misled by publishers offering a range of services and charging large sums of money to publish those books. Self publishing is the business of charging authors to have their books published. Author Solutions and its subsidiaries are one of the biggest self publishing companies and Author Solutions' growth during this time reflected this trend. In 2007, iUniverse was acquired, and with AuthorHouse, led to the establishment of Author Solutions, Inc.
In April 2008, Author Solutions Marketing Director Keith Ogorek said that 1 out of every 17 books published in the United States is from AuthorHouse. In 2009, Author Solutions, acquired two other top competitors – Xlibris in January  and Canadian self-publisher Trafford Publishing in April. Later that year the company partnered with leading Christian publisher Thomas Nelson to launch a first-of-its-kind self-publishing partnership, WestBow Press. Expansion to other segments of authors continued in June 2010 when Author Solutions launched its first Spanish-language imprint – Palibrio. Palibrio was initially offered only to the U.S. Spanish-speaking market, but later was made available to authors in Spain.
On May 3, 2013, Penguin announced that on July 1 Andrew Phillips would be assuming the position of Author Solutions CEO, replacing longtime CEO Kevin Weiss who was leaving to take another position.
In 2013 Forbes magazine and Publishers Weekly reported that Author Solutions and its associated companies were being sued as part of a potential class action suit alleging deceptive practices. Damages of 5 million dollars are sought. Publishers Weekly reports that the suit has been filed in the Southern District of New York. Many other complaints about Author Solutions and their subsidiary companies have been made by dissatisfied authors who feel they were misled into paying for services they did not need or which were of poor quality.
Imprints and Divisions
- AuthorHouse UK
- Partridge Publishing
- Trafford Publishing
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- Kaelbe, Steve (April, 2008). "Publishing for the people: Bloomington is home to the no. 1 company in self-publishing". Entrepreneur.
- Trachtenberg, Jeffrey (January 8, 2009). "Print-on-Demand Publishers Marry As Author Solutions Buys Xlibris". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Thomas Nelson and Author Solutions Launch Christian Self-Publishing Imprint". Book Business Magazine. October 2009.
- Bosman, Julie (July 2, 2013). "Penguin and Random House Merge, Saying Change Will Come Slowly". The New York Times.
- Author Solutions - official site.