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By Digital Journal Staff     Nov 15, 2000 in Lifestyle
MCLEAN, Va. - launches its global publishing services and online community for authors that was announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., IndyPublish will enable writers to cost-effectively and quickly publish and market their books
to a worldwide readership as print-on-demand and electronic books. Authors
will enjoy extensive support, and unprecedented flexibility and control.
Author-friendly features include free publishing, top royalties, retained
rights, full retail distribution, and free marketing support. has a superior economic model that allows it and authors
to make a profit even on titles with low sales volume. The publishing service
will fulfill the pent-up demand of millions of unpublished writers across the
globe. Simultaneously, will strategically position itself for
the revolutionary changes that will transform the publishing and content
Through IndyPublish, authors can reach larger niche reading communities
around the world, they can publish their work for just a limited audience, or
they can develop a proven sales track-record to gain the interest of major
publishing houses. The system also allows out-of-print authors to return to
print forever. IndyPublish books will be available through traditional and
on-line booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes &, through leading
wholesale distributors such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and through a range
of new channels.
Maurice Benesch, President and Co-founder comments, "IndyPublish is
committed to being the leading Internet destination for authors and publishers
worldwide. Our comprehensive publishing system and our global community of
writers and publishing professionals will empower authors to publish their
work anywhere in the world, in any language."
"IndyPublish is a fantastic and efficient service," said Robert L.
Skidmore, an author who published his series of five books The Satterfield
Saga through IndyPublish. "I've tried sending my manuscripts to agents and
traditional publishers. It was daunting and frustrating. Then I was
introduced to IndyPublish. The system allowed me to keep more royalties and
helped me get my books out to my readers. IndyPublish is a major breakthrough
for writers. "
"We believe that authors deserve the highest royalties for their hard work
and risk," said Mr. Benesch. "Internet technologies have made it possible to
radically reduce the costs associated with the publishing process. The new
economics of publishing will benefit consumers and authors, as well as savvy
publishers. The IndyPublish system not only creates new and better revenue
streams for authors, but for any and all individuals and corporations that own
Mr. Benesch points out that the revolutionary changes in the industry
represent a moment of great opportunity for traditional publishers as well.
"With the rise of peer-to-peer networks like Napster and Gnutella, major
publishers, which rely heavily on blockbuster books, are threatened by the
ease of digital piracy," said Mr. Benesch. "By making it possible to
profitably publish expert knowledge and niche books, IndyPublish gives
publishers a means of diversifying from the vulnerabilities of the traditional
model. The Company has a strategic agreement with a major Digital Rights
Management (DRM) provider which will be disclosed at a later date. We use DRM
technology to leverage on the reach and power of peer-to-peer networks to
benefit the copyright holder."
"Technology has changed the rules in publishing. The current way of
publishing is ineffective for millions of talented writers and for millions of
books that are out-of-print," said Dyung Le, an MIT-trained Director of
Technology at a major e-commerce company. "IndyPublish has an impressive
system for empowering the individual author, as well as the innovative
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