Author Solutions Buys Xlibris

Author Solutions, a Bloomington, Ind.-based self-publishing company, has acquired Xlibris, a provider of print-on-demand self-publishing services. No financial terms were disclosed. Author Solutions is a portfolio company of Bertram Capital.

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Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of book publishing, announced Thursday the acquisition of Xlibris – a pioneering leader in print-on-demand self-publishing services. Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer, made the announcement to Xlibris employees.

 

“ASI is pleased to add Xlibris to our industry-leading portfolio of self publishing brands,” said Weiss. “This acquisition solidifies our leadership position and strengthens our ongoing commitment to offer the world’s most comprehensive set of publishing, promotion and book-selling services to authors.”

 

Xlibris joins AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Wordclay and Inkubook in ASI’s expanding family of self-publishing brands. According to Weiss, “Xlibris brings a demonstrated expertise in marketing services, which perfectly complements the strength of AuthorHouse’s publishing and illustration services and iUniverse’s industry-leading editorial services. Both first-time and mid-list authors, writing in all genres, will find one of our brands offers the services they need to accomplish their publishing goals.”

 

With the addition of Xlibris, ASI published nearly 19,000 titles in 2008; or about one of every seven U.S. titles in the print-on-demand/short run category and nearly one of every 20 new titles in distribution.

 

Weiss added, “From the outset we believed ASI could help lead the way in transforming the publishing industry. This acquisition gives us an even stronger base from which to help both authors and publishing companies compete successfully today and in the future.”

 

For more information about Author Solutions, or to begin publishing your book today through one of the ASI publishing brands, log on to www.authorsolutions.com, or call 1-877-655-1722.

 

About Author Solutions, Inc.

 

Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI), owned by Bertram Capital, is the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through its self-publishing brands, AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Xlibris, Inkubook, and Wordclay, ASI enables more authors to self publish, promote, and sell their books than any other company in the world. Visit www.authorsolutions.com for more information.

 

About Bertram Capital Management LLC

 

Located in Palo Alto, California, Bertram Capital Management LLC is a private equity investment firm with $350 million in capital under management. Bertram Capital is committed to providing meaningful operational and strategic resources to facilitate rapid growth in revenue and profitability. Bertram Capital’s mission is to build value for equity holders, employees, customers, and partners by helping already profitable companies realize their full operational and financial potential. View www.bertramcapital.com for more information.

 

About Xlibris

 

Xlibris, a self-publishing brand of Author Solutions, Inc., was founded in 1997 and is one of the leading publishing services providers for authors. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Xlibris provides authors with a broad set of publishing options including hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound, and full-color formats. Since its founding, Xlibris has published more than 20,000 titles. For more information on publishing your book with Xlibris, visit www.xlibris.com, or call 1-888-795-4247