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iUniverse Reaches 750,000 Milestone For Number Of Books Printed and Sold
Company's Technology Fuels Largest Number of Self-Published Print-On-Demand BooksOn the heels of receiving $18 million in venture capital funding from Warburg Pincus, on-demand publisher iUniverse has reached a milestone with individual authors by printing and selling over 750,000 books. IUniverse now has an author base over 8,500 strong, more than 10,000 titles in its system and is "...breaking down the traditional barriers to publishing," said Lynn Zingraf, general manager of iUniverse author services. "We're leveraging the Internet and our technology to turn manuscripts into professional-quality books ready for sale. Our innovative technology gives everyone the opportunity to get published."
iUniverse's unique technology levels the publishing field by giving everyone equal opportunity to share their stories and print as many or as few books as they desire. In a matter of weeks they can have a professional quality book with an ISBN number in their hands. The print-on-demand element of iUniverse's technology makes this possible. On-demand publishing allows books to be printed and bound one at a time, economically and quickly. The technology also gives authors control over their work - from submission to cover design to production to target marketing. Once the book is published, iUniverse offers the most comprehensive distribution available through tens of thousands of bookstores and online retailers.
The success and industry recognition awarded to iUniverse authors is a testament to the validity and quality of these self-published works. iUniverse author Ralph Fertig reached number four on The Los Angeles Times Bestsellers list for his self-published, print-on-demand book titled "Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls." For others, their self-published works have caught the attention of large-scale publishers. iUniverse author Ruby Ann Boxcar self-published "Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook" and was recently picked up by Kensington Press. Guy Blews, author of "Marriage and How to Avoid It" was recently invited to join host Bill Maher, Tom Arnold, and two other prominent guests on the television free-for-all, "Politically Incorrect."
iUniverse believes successes like this will continue to fuel the rise of self-publishing and print-on-demand, as well as the company's aggressive growth. "We're getting an increased number of inquiries from large publishing houses about our titles," added Zingraf. "This is proof to us that our technology is making a difference. Either through iUniverse or its partners, individuals have an opportunity to realize their dreams - to see their book in print. We're bringing the power of publishing to the masses."
Through its "Publish Your Book" program, iUniverse works with industry leading partners such as Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com, Mystery Writers of America, and Weekly Reader to extend its self-publishing capability to their audiences and customers - providing millions of additional individuals with a fast, easy and efficient path to becoming published authors.
iUniverse is a publishing technology solutions provider that puts the power of publishing into the hands of individuals and companies, eliminating the traditional barriers to publishing and allowing both individuals and companies to publish and distribute professional quality books and documents - on demand, in print or electronic format. iUniverse maintains operations in Campbell, California; Lincoln, Nebraska; New York, and Shanghai.