BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Books-A-Million and FastPencil have launched an intuitive publishing platform with an integrated in-store book placement program through BAM! Publish.
Fast Pencil’s software platform and Books-A-Million’s 260-store chain make possible a unique opportunity. “As a bookseller, our mission is to connect authors with readers, so we see great value in helping local authors achieve success in our retail environment by having their books available to our customers,” said Mary Gallagher, EVP Merchandising, Books-a-Million. “Providing a Self-publishing platform that includes the opportunity for in-store distribution is a great way for us to enhance our customer’s experience and support authors who choose the self-publishing path.”
While authors crave better tools to create and manage their books, they also seek marketing opportunities to increase success. The BAM! Publish and FastPencil partnership also includes potential participation in book signings and other marketing events. Download the Free Bookstore Marketing Guide Here.
The Books-A-Million community can access the self-publishing offering directly from the BAM! Publish home page. “FastPencil simplifies the process by which authors write, format, publish, distribute, market and print their work,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services at Bowker. “Whether you are an aspiring writer or an experienced author this platform has the power to publish and distribute your print or eBook to the world.”
“We are pleased to take our partnership with Books-A-Million to the next level by offering their readers and author communities an exciting new solution,” said Steve Wilson, CEO of FastPencil. “Authors have desired a viable option for their books to be displayed in a national chain and this partnership makes that available.”
To find out all the options and details about BAM! Publish visit: www.bampublish.com.
Books-A-Million is the second largest chain of bookstores in the United States, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Books-A-Million got its start in 1917 as a magazine stand in Florence, Alabama and now operates over 250 stores in the 32 states as well as an online store at www.booksamillion.com. While Books-A-Million’s presence has grown, the goal has remained the same: to serve each community with the best selection of books, toys, tech and more, all at great prices. Find the nearest Books-A-Million at http://www.booksamillion.com/storefinder.
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FastPencil is publishing simplified. Leveraging the disruptive trends of self-publishing, social media, print-on-demand, and eBook distribution, FastPencil SaaS solution delivers a new unified online service that streamlines the book publishing process, offering more control and higher margins for authors. The FastPencil writing and publishing service enables authors to create books online, collaborate, publish, and distribute from one engaging, simple, cost-effective solution. For more information please visit www.FastPencil.com.