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iUniverse Reaches 750,000 Milestone For Number of Books Printed

Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 5 - On the heels of receiving $18 million in funding, iUniverse, the leading provider of publishing technology solutions, confirmed today that the company has reached another milestone with individual authors by printing and selling over 750,000 books -- more than double of any other self-publishing provider. With 10,000 titles in its system, iUniverse is changing the publishing landscape with its on-demand publishing technology. "We're 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 technology gives everyone the opportunity to get published.'' How It Works 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. Once the book is published, iUniverse offers the most comprehensive distribution available through tens of thousands of bookstores and online retailers. Authors Hit It Big 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. "We're pleased to now publish Ruby Ann Boxcar's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook from iUniverse,'' said Paul Dinas, editor-in-chief, Kensington Press. "This should be a testament to the power of iUniverse's publishing technology -- it gives people an opportunity to get published and get noticed. iUniverse represents a wealth of new talent and unique books that might not otherwise exist. For us, it's more attractive to acquire a book rather than a manuscript.'' 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.''




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