History of iUniverse

2016

  • iUniverse author and PitchFest Las Vegas 2016 winner Reuben Sparks finalized an option agreement with Orlando Jones’ Legion of Creatives for his novel One Cowrie Shell.
  • iUniverse announced a deal with Hollywood producers for author Donna Ward’s comedic mob mystery Alias Island.
  • iUniverse announced a deal with Paulist Productions for author James Reston Jr.’s book The Innocence of Joan Little, which was re-released in 2000.
  • Four iUniverse titles were awarded National Indie Excellence honors. Congratulations to authors Michael D’Amato, George Santos, Louisa Oakley Green, JB Hamilton Queen and G. William Weatherly.
  • iUniverse announced a deal with Hollywood producers to adapt author Philippa LeVine’s true crime memoir, Tweeker Parade, for television.
  • Three iUniverse titles were honored with 2016 IPPY awards. The IPPYs are held annually by Independent Publisher, and thousands of books are considered for excellence in independent publishing. Congratulations to authors Ismail Rifaat, JB Hamilton Queen and Mary Willan Mason.

2015

  • German publisher GABAL partnered with iUniverse to launch GABAL Global Editions, which is dedicated to publishing books for readers interested in business and education.
  • iUniverse partnered with Alliant International University to launch Alliant Press, which is dedicated to publishing the academic works of students, scholars, alumni, staff and other select authors.
  • iUniverse author Robert Chipley reached his second option agreement in less than a year with Thruline Entertainment for his novel Germania.

2014

  • iUniverse author Robert Chipley, pen name Robert MacNeill, finalized an option agreement with Hollywood’s Thruline Entertainment for his debut novel Gorging Out.

2013

  • Nonprofit publisher The Feminist Press acquired iUniverse title Babygate by Dina Bakst, Elizabeth Gedmark and Phoebe Taubman.
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons, one of the world’s leading trade imprints, acquired iUniverse title My Mother's Secret – a debut novel by J.L. Witterick.
  • iUniverse introduced True Directions publishing packages, formed through an alliance with Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin.

2012

  • Terry Hawkins’ inspirational title and first self-published book, Why Wait to Be Great? It’s Either Now or Too Late!, was acquired by Berrett-Koehler.
  • iUniverse Open Book Editions title Use ALL the Crayons - The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness audio rights were acquired by Gildan Media.
  • Author Solutions was acquired by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, and became a member of the Penguin Group.

2011

  • iUniverse author Trisha Ventker had her book optioned by respected Hollywood producer, Paula Wagner, at the inaugural Book-to-Screen PitchFest in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers and iUniverse announced their new self-publishing imprint, Open Book Editions. All titles will be reviewed by Berrett-Koehler to ensure they are compatible with their mission, and the more successful titles will be considered for republication with Berrett-Koehler.
  • Author Solutions announced a film project partnership with Principal Entertainment, giving the company first review rights of all titles, with the option of considering them for feature film or television series projects.
  • Author Solutions began distributing new titles through Google eBooks.

2010

  • iUniverse extended their partnership with leading Canadian bookseller, Indigo Books & Music Inc., to provide authors in-store placement and book signing opportunities at Indigo, Chapters or Coles bookstores.

2009

  • Thirteen iUniverse titles were named Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) recipients.

2008

  • To offer authors an increased range of publishing services, improve efficiency and decrease book production costs, the Lincoln, Neb. and Shanghai, China iUniverse operations were moved to the Author Solutions, Inc. headquarters in Bloomington, Ind.
  • iUniverse unveiled the RISING STAR recognition program to give authors an even greater opportunity for commercial success. RISING STAR titles are presented to national, regional and local booksellers by iUniverse's national sales force and featured in an exclusive special collection on Barnes&Noble.com.

2007

  • Author Solutions, Inc., the leading company in the world focused on helping authors publish, promote and sell their books, acquired iUniverse in September.

2006

  • iUniverse teamed up with Barnes & Noble to offer the Publisher's Choice designation. Publisher's Choice rewards authors whose books meet key editorial and industry retail standards, with the opportunity to have their titles placed in a local Barnes & Noble store for eight weeks or longer.

2005

  • iUniverse launched the Star Program. The Star Program focuses on identifying talented individuals within the growing community of iUniverse authors who have proven commercial publishing success and have the potential to earn a traditional contract by publishing a book.

2004

  • The first iUniverse title hit the New York Times best-seller list when author Amy Fisher published her book If I Knew Then. The title climbed to number 14 on the list, and eventually, it became the best-selling book in iUniverse history, selling more than 34 thousand copies.
  • Publishing veteran Diane Gedymin was hired for the newly created position of editorial director, and iUniverse became the first publishing services provider to introduce an extensive selection of professional editorial services, which previously were unavailable to most self-published authors.

2003

  • iUniverse received the coveted Editors' Choice designation from PC Magazine in a comparison of six print-on-demand companies. The article was published in the magazine's May 27, 2003 issue.
  • Susan Driscoll, traditional publishing industry veteran of more than 20 years, was named iUniverse president and CEO. Driscoll's publishing and marketing expertise were noted as the key attributes necessary to position iUniverse as the only publishing services provider with the proficiency and knowledge to help authors achieve their publishing goals.

2002

  • iUniverse began to focus primarily on author publishing.

2001

  • Warburg Pincus, a technology group, invested in iUniverse, supporting the rapid expansion of the iUniverse digital platform that eventually emerged as the key technology for providing mass customization, personalization and print-on-demand publishing services within the publishing industry and beyond.
  • Partnerships were formed with IDG Books Worldwide, Frommer's Travel Guides, CliffsNotes, Microsoft, Adobe, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Publishers Group West.
  • iUniverse set a new industry milestone by selling more than 500 thousand books, with nearly 10 thousand titles published.
  • iUniverse author Ralph Fertig took his book Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls to number four on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list.
  • iUniverse and Weekly Reader, the leading educational publisher of elementary and secondary periodicals, announced a partnership to implement a publishing program allowing students and teachers in classrooms across the country to create and publish their own high-quality paperback books.

2000

  • iUniverse expanded its focus to include a business-to-business (B2B) emphasis by creating a format neutral content repository that would be used by publishers for custom and print-on-demand publishing.

1999

  • iUniverse was founded in October 1999 and quickly became the leading provider of publishing technology solutions. The company initially focused on business-to-consumer (B2C) print-on-demand publishing, mainly new title publishing (through the Writer's Club Press imprint).
  • Barnes & Noble invested in the company and soon started offering iUniverse books for order online and through Barnes & Noble retail stores.