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Penguin Random House Sells Author Solutions

Author Solutions Penguin Random HousePenguin Random House is no longer in the self-publishing business. From Publisher’s Weekly:

Penguin Random House has sold its Author Solutions division to an affiliate of the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm that at one point owned Bookspan and made an offer to buy several hundred Borders outlets after the chain filed for Chapter 11.

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25% Off All Reviews For Thanksgiving and Black Friday at SPR

25% Off Black Friday WeekWe’re feeling festive at SPR, so we are offering our professional indie review services at 25% off until Cyber Monday, 30 November !

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Draft2Digital Offers Mailing List Service: Books2Read

Books2ReadDraft2Digital has released a hands-off mailing list subscription service as an add-on to their distribution service called Books2Read. From their blog:

Starting now, you’ll see a new option on the Layout page whenever you edit a book at Draft2Digital. Not only will we provide you with easy, one-click store-specific Also By pages, teasers, and About the Author pages, but we will also embed a New Release Notifications sign-up page in the back of your book if you ask for one.

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Smashwords Announces Distribution Agreement with Gardners Books

Gardners BooksSmashwords is expanding its global marketing reach in a partnership with the UK’s Gardners Books. From the Smashwords blog:

On October 22 Smashwords will begin delivering 230,000 ebooks sourced from the over 100,000 indie authors and small independent presses to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners operating in 32 countries and serving customers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in the U.K.; and 400 academic libraries in the UK, Europe and Middle East. 

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New SPR Publishing House Kwill Opens Its Doors To Indie Authors

Kwill Books LaunchSPR has launched a publishing house, Kwill Books, to meet the demand for indie authors who want the perks of self-publishing without the hassle of doing everything for themselves. Here, Cate Baum, founder, explains to SPR reviewer Lysa Grant why she and co-founder, husband Henry Baum, embarked on this exciting venture.

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