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Parent company Author Solutions
Status Active
Founded 1997
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Bloomington, Indiana
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Fiction, non-fiction, children's books
Official website

AuthorHouse, formerly known as 1stBooks, is a self-publishing company based in the United States. AuthorHouse uses print-on-demand business model and technology.[1] AuthorHouse and its parent company, Author Solutions, are subsidiaries of Penguin Random House.


Originally called 1stBooks, the company was founded in Bloomington, Indiana, United States, in January 1997. Its first e-book appeared in June of that year. In January 1999, it started using print-on-demand technology to produce paper books. AuthorHouse's website states the company has published over 70,000 titles by 50,000 authors since 1997.[2] The company opened an office in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, in May 2004. In October 2005, AuthorHouse was nominated by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the Small Business of the Year Award. AuthorHouse won the Silver Award under the Service industry category.[3]

The California-based investment group Bertram Capital purchased AuthorHouse in 2007 from Gazelle TechVentures, which had owned AuthorHouse since 2002. Later that year, Bertram established Author Solutions and acquired one of AuthorHouse's competitors[4] - iUniverse - before relocating iUniverse's operations to Indiana in early 2008.[5]

Brandewyne lawsuit[edit]

In August 2006, a U.S. Court ordered AuthorHouse to pay $240,000 in punitive damage as well as $230,000 in actual damage to romance author Rebecca Brandewyne and her parents for publishing a book by her ex-husband that was "harmful" and libelous of them. AuthorHouse was also ordered to pay $20,000 each to Brandewyne's parents for the damage. Although the court acknowledged that AuthorHouse employed a business model that placed a degree of responsibility for the content of works upon the authors, in this case they found that AuthorHouse had failed to act when it was informed that the book might include libelous content.[6]


  1. ^ Glazer, Sarah (April 24, 2005). "How to Be Your Own Publisher". The New York Times Book Review. 
  2. ^ "How To Publish A Book , Get Published". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  3. ^ "THE BKD Indiana Excellence Awards". Indianapolis Business Journal. March 22, 2006. Archived from the original on 27 June 2006. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Author Solutions, Inc. completes acquisition of iUniverse". Bloomington, Indiana: Author Solutions, LLC. October 9, 2007. 
  5. ^ Rich, Motoko (January 27, 2009). "Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab". New York Times. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved 2009-01-28. In 2008, Author Solutions, which is based in Bloomington, Ind., and operates iUniverse as well as other print-on-demand imprints including AuthorHouse and Wordclay, published 13,000 titles, up 12 percent from the previous year. 
  6. ^ Kirch, Claire (August 8, 2006). "AuthorHouse Ordered to Pay Up". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 

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