Print and digital wholesaler Baker & Taylor has reached an agreement with self-publishing house Author Solutions to provide print services for its authors through TextStream, B&T’s print-on-demand and short-run printing service. Author Solutions has grown into one of the country’s largest self-publishing book operations with a catalog of more than 125,000 titles.
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I know that many folks still believe that self-publishing is a dirty word but it's popularity continues to grow.
The usual arguments against this method of publishing include: little or no editing, poor cover design, anybody could do it, and in the past, distribution. But with the news that B&T and Author Solutions have inked a deal it will be interesting to see how that changes.
It remains to be seen how effective this partnership ill be in brining new and strong voices to readers, but one thing I can almost guarantee won't change - authors will still have to be their own best advocate and get out and promote their books.