iUniverse is an online publishing service that provides individual authors a fast, simple and affordable way to publish, market, and sell books, whether fiction and non-fiction. With 35,000 published authors, iUniverse is one of the largest book publishing companies in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana.
iUniverse was founded in 1999 and started with a business-to-consumer, print-on-demand model for new publications and reprints. Barnes & Noble's invested in the company and offered support services for online publishing and retail outlets. By 2000, the company expanded to business-to-business printing services on demand. Today, the company is flourishing in new markets and has expanded to work with educational programs.
iUniverse online software eliminates the necessity of huge, costly print runs, speeds up order-to-market, and allows authors to control when, where, and how their books are published. iUniverse publishing programs are endorsed the Authors Guild, ASJA, Mystery Writers of America, and other industry leading organizations. iUniverse is a proud member of the Association of American Publishers, Publishers Marketing Association, and Small Publishers Association of North America. The company's major investors include Warburg Pincus and Barnes & Noble.
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iUniverse is a great resource for authors who wish to self-publish in print or online, for personal use, company distribution, or with intent to sell to the public.
In 2004, iUniverse awarded author Brian McNeece the coveted "Editor's Choice" blue ribbon award for his first novel, Crossings.
To highlight works and publicize outstanding authors, iUniverse initiated the RISING STAR recognition program in 2008. RISING STAR titles are presented to national, regional and local booksellers to present greater commercial opportunity for success.