iUniverse.com Will Offer On-Demand Publishing

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iUniverse.com Will Offer On-Demand Publishing


iUniverse.com, Inc. has announced plans to "rewrite the rules of publishing" so that millions of new authors and out-of-print books can be brought into the marketplace. Operating as a Web publishing portal, iUniverse.com plans to harness the power of the Internet and the latest on-demand publishing technology for the benefit of writers. The company provides writers the opportunity to submit manuscripts online, browse books, learn about writing, participate in writer's chat rooms, and get their books marketed, distributed, and sold worldwide.

For as little as $99, iUniverse.com will publish a new title in a high-quality paper-back book format within a matter of weeks for established authors and aspiring writers. The service is provided free for out-of-print books. According to the company, while other Internet companies may offer downloaded versions of books and documents from their Web sites, only iUniverse.com will print and bind an actual book.

"Our vision is to revolutionize publishing by changing the economics of the industry and expanding the opportunities for millions of writers and authors who have long been ignored by traditional publishers," said Richard Tam, president and CEO of iUniverse.com. "iUniverse.com empowers writers by giving them all the tools they need to get published and sell their books."

According to the company, iUniverse.com targets a market with large pent-up demand created by traditional publishing. For example, there currently are about 1.2 million books that have gone Out of print since 1979; that figure is growing by about 90,000 titles annually. Also, the rejection rate of submitted manuscripts is estimated at about 98 percent, yet more than 23 million Americans are involved in creative writing. And while the entire industry traditionally publishes about 60,000 titles a year, iUniverse.com is projecting it will publish 80,000 titles by the year 2001.

"We are poised to take advantage of this huge, untapped market," Tam said. "From start to finish, iUniverse.com provides writers with the fastest, easiest, and most efficient way to get published, printed, and sold. …

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