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Founded2008 (2008)
FounderMichael Ashley [1]
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FastPencil is an American self-publishing start-up founded in 2008 by Michael Ashley. They offer a web-based publishing engine that allows authors, publishers, and enterprises to create books in print and EPUB formats and have those books distributed online and in brick-and-mortar stores through partnerships with Amazon,[2] Barnes & Noble,[3] Ingram, and others.

In 2013 FastPencil was acquired by Courier Corporation, but was reacquired in May by its co-founder, Steve Wilson, after Courier's acquisition by R.R. Donnelley in 2015.[4][5]


  1. ^ Reid, Calvin. "Publishing Start-Up Review, Mid-2015". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ Ha, Anthony (15 July 2009). "FastPencil Wants to Help Aspiring Authors Write and Publish Their Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Barnes & Noble and FastPencil Announce Agreement". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Courier Acquires FastPencil". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Publishing Start-Up Review, Mid-2015". Retrieved 2015-08-30.

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