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New TitlePage service to cater to self-publishers and micro-publishers

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has launched a new service that offers self-publishers and micro-publishers the opportunity to list their books on TitlePage without becoming APA members.

The ‘Batch Title Listing’ service allows APA distributor members who are subscribers to TitlePage to buy title listings on behalf of their publishing clients.

The service is only available to independent self-publishing authors (‘those who wish to manage or contract for themselves the publication, printing, distribution and sale of their books without relinquishing their copyright and management to a conventional publishing house’) and ‘indie micro-publishers’ (‘a publisher of author works not their own, whose publishing business is not their full-time business activity and does not satisfy the requirement for APA Membership’). To be eligible for the service, publishers must have an annual turnover of less than $100,000.

A trial of the service has recently been completed by the distributor Woodslane. ‘It’s a simple system and a great opportunity to increase sales and revenue,’ said Woodslane MD David Scott. ‘Distributors purchase batches for ten, fifty or one hundred title listings and, using the code provided for the batch, we can list titles on behalf of the indies, using our own TitlePage account.’

 

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