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Genre Publishing
Founded 2008
Founder Oliver Brooks; Anna Lewis
Headquarters United Kingdom
Products Books
Services On-demand print and publishing, eBooks

CompletelyNovel is a British website which allows authors to self-publish their work into a reading and writing online community.[1] Based in the United Kingdom, the company was founded in 2008 by Oliver Brooks and Anna Lewis,[2] the site encourages writers to make their work available for people to read in order that they can gain feedback and promote their work.[3] CompletelyNovel has been compared to other writer websites such as Authonomy which offers writers the chance to get their book published by major publishers by getting good reviews from other users;[4][5], which offers similar self-publishing services;[6][self-published source] and Shelfari, which has a book-based online community.[7][8]

CompletelyNovel's co-founder Oliver Brooks reached the London final of The Pitch, a competition to find the UK's best small businesses [9] and co-founder Anna Lewis was shortlisted for the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award 2010, run by the British Council.[10]


CompletelyNovel links the books uploaded by writers to print-on-demand printers Antony Rowe and Lightning Source[11] to enable readers to buy paperback copies of the books from the CompletelyNovel website. Readers can read the uploaded books online using CompletelyNovel's BookStreamer – an embeddable online reader. CompletelyNovel offers publishing packages for authors who would like to make their books available to buy through book retailers such as

Readers on CompletelyNovel can create an online library of both traditionally published books and the self-published books on the website, adding reviews, ratings and tags to these books.[12]


CompletelyNovel is also involved in a number of cross industry projects to promote digital innovation in publishing. The company partnered with a number of mainstream publishers and hosted the book publishing industry's first Author Blog Awards.[13] There were over 500 author blogs nominated. The winners of the Author Blog Awards 2010 as voted for by the public included author Neil Gaiman, Emily Benet (a debut author published by Salt Publishing) and Sam Starbuck, a self-published writer.

The 24hr Book Project was also created and managed by CompletelyNovel along with book industry 'think and do tank' if:book, the Society of Young Publishers and Spread The Word, a London-based writer development agency. A team of writers, directed by novelist Kate Pullinger, editors and artists collaborated using Google Docs, Twitter, a ning platform and Skype to produce a book in 24 hours.[14] Members of the public were invited to join in via Twitter and a public Google Doc. The final book was titled 'A Vauxhall Chorus' and was launched at a members' club in Soho.[15]


As with, authors retain all rights to uploaded work. Authors retain copyright, and although uploading a work to CompletelyNovel grants the company a non-exclusive license to display and sell the work, the author retains the right to remove the work at any time.[16]


  1. ^ Johnson, Bobbie (September 29, 2009). "Elevator Pitch from CompletelyNovel". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ Blackwell, Sophia (June 13, 2008). "The Oxford Society of Young Publishers May Speaker Meeting: A CompletelyNovel Approach". InPrint. Society of Young Publishers. Retrieved May 21, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Questions for start-ups:". The Next Woman. March 2, 2009. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Lownie, Andrew (April 30, 2009). "Websites for Writers: A Brief Overview". Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hussein, Meyrem (March 5, 2009). "Anna has a novel way to get into print". Islington Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Baum, Henry (February 10, 2009). "Completely Novel Review". Self-Publishing Review. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ Griffin, Ben (July 7, 2009). "CompletelyNovel – the social, publishing startup". SmallBizPod. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ Lee, Chris (April 27, 2010). "Novel Idea: NMK explores a whole new kind of publishing". New Media Knowledge. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (July 15, 2009). "The Pitch 2009: the London heats. Literally". Real Business. Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ "UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur (UKYPE) award 2010". YCE: Young Creative Entrepreneurs. March 12, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sheahan, Tim (March 2, 2009). "CPI debut printer for self-publishing service". PrintWeek. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  12. ^ "" (PDF). Multimedia Information & Technology. 35 (1): 3. 2009. ISSN 1466-9358. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ Thomson, Liz (April 21, 2010). "Shop Girl among Blog Award-winners". BookBrunch. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  14. ^ "The Clock's ticking.." The Bookseller. October 5, 2009. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  15. ^ Nicholas, Dean (October 6, 2009). "24-Hour Book Launch". Londonist. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Will sharing my work through CompletelyNovel affect my copyright?". CompletelyNovel. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.