Xlibris

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Xlibris
Parent company Author Solutions
Founded1997
Country of origin United States
Key peopleAndrew Phillips CEO
Publication types Books
Official website www.xlibris.com

Xlibris is a self-publishing [1] and on-demand printing services provider, founded in 1997 and based in Bloomington, Indiana. [2] In 2000, The New York Times stated it to be the foremost on-demand publisher. [3] The current chief executive is Andrew Philips, who was formerly the president of Penguin Books. [4]

Self-publishing publication of a book or other publications by the author or authors

Self-publishing is the publication of media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher. In common parlance, the term usually refers to physical written media, such as books and magazines, or digital media, such as e-books and websites. It can also apply to albums, pamphlets, brochures, video content, zines, or uploading images to a website.

Print on demand

Print-on-demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which book copies are not printed until the company receives an order, allowing prints of singular or small quantities. While other industries established the build to order business model, "print-on-demand" could only develop after the beginning of digital printing, because it was not economical to print single copies using traditional printing technology such as letterpress and offset printing.

Bloomington, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. state of Indiana. It is the seventh-largest city in Indiana and the fourth-largest outside the Indianapolis metropolitan area. According to the Monroe County History Center, Bloomington is known as the "Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana." The city was established in 1818 by a group of settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia who were so impressed with "a haven of blooms" that they called it Bloomington.

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Overview

Xlibris is a printing and distribution service that produces hardback and paperback books. [3] It also publishes e-books in several formats. The company was acquired by the self-publishing company Author Solutions, Inc., on January 8, 2009. [5] Prior to that, 49% of the company had been owned by Random House. [3] [6]

E-book Book-length publication in digital form

An electronic book, also known as an e-book or eBook, is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices. Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", some e-books exist without a printed equivalent. E-books can be read on dedicated e-reader devices, but also on any computer device that features a controllable viewing screen, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Author Solutions

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, Thomas Nelson, Hay House, and Guideposts ; as well as with Writer's Digest.

Random House general-interest trade book publisher

Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. As of 2013, it is part of Penguin Random House, which is jointly owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British global education and publishing company Pearson PLC.

It is "non-selective" in accepting manuscripts, [1] describes itself as a "publishing services provider" rather than a publisher, and considers a book's author its publisher. [2] Beginning in 2000, the company expanded its operations globally, opening full-service offices in Europe and Japan. [4]

In 2008, Xlibris was stated to have 20,000 titles in print, by more than 18,000 authors. [1] The name is a derivation of the Latin term ex libris , which means "from the library of". [2]

Reception

In a New York Times article, D.T. Max stated that the quality of Xlibris's books was better than its competitors in the self-publishing industry, but criticized the organization of the site, where books were only indexed by an alphabetical listing by title with bare descriptions of the plot and theme. He ultimately phoned a company executive for a recommendation and to place an order. [3]

Roland LaPlante, writing in Harper's Magazine , noted in 2001 that Xlibris's predicted future output of 100,000 titles a year would equal the number of all books published in the United States in 1999, and worried these "mostly dubious" works would "affect American publishing in every worst way and obliterate what remains of a genuine book culture." [7] The company responded that "everyone has a story to tell" and its output preserved the "richness of humanity". [7]

<i>Harpers Magazine</i> magazine

Harper's Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S.. Harper's Magazine has won 22 National Magazine Awards.

Status as a vanity press

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a vanity press as "a publishing house that publishes books at the author's expense". [8] While Xlibris does charge fees up front for authors, it claims not to be a vanity press, on the grounds that ownership of the book remains with the author and that it does not force the author to buy copies of the book. On the other side of the debate, it charges up-front fees without a guarantee of sales and its rates have been reported to be higher than those of competitors. [9] [10]

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