|iUniverse, a digital publishing infrastructure provider, has announced
the availability of on-demand e-book production to its authors. The company
has also announced that Kluwer Academic Publishers, a leading publisher
of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) books and journals, will use
iUniverse's Publishing Commerce Platform to prepare, manage, distribute,
and fulfill books with custom content in either print or e-book format
iUniverse's 8,500 individual authors, as well as all new authors, now
have the option to produce their self-published titles in e-book form as
well as in hard copy using print-on-demand. According to the announcement,
this makes iUniverse the largest print-on-demand publisher of e-books,
and marks its commitment to leveraging the Internet and its unique publishing
technology to allow authors to get published in whichever format they choose.Authors
can submit their manuscripts online and choose the e-book and/or hard-copy
option. Once published, the e-books are then made available for purchase
in iUniverse's online bookstore and other select outlets.
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Jay Lippincott, president and CEO of Kluwer Academic Publishers, said:
"iUniverse's Publishing Commerce Platform serves as a key building block
in our strategy to offer customers complete STM titles, or specifically
chosen and recombined parts of books, in the format they find most effective.
The ability to custom-publish on demand and offer our customers more delivery
options gives us more flexibility in meeting their needs."
"Our relationship with publishers like Hungry Minds and now Kluwer represents
how we are empowering companies to maximize the value of their content,"
said Doug Bennett, iUniverse's president and chief operating officer. "Our
Publishing Commerce Platform enables companies and publishers to increase
revenue from their content by packaging it for their customers' needs.
By automating the way titles are produced and delivered, we're accelerating
the publishing process and ultimately letting the end customer decide on
the output: custom, complete, print, or digital."
As a digital publishing infrastructure provider, iUniverse offers the
Publishing Commerce Platform to allow individuals, companies, and publishers
to maximize the value of their content through seamless assembly, production,
and delivery. According to the company, 750,000 books have already been
printed and sold by iUniverse's over 8,500-strong author base. The company
has a wide range of customer and partner relationships with industry leaders
such as Adobe Systems, Barnes & Noble, Hungry Minds (formerly IDG Books),
and the Author's Guild.
Source: iUniverse, Campbell, CA, 800/376-1736; http://www.iuniverse.com.