The Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to self-published authors. Rather than tracking scammers like Author Solutions and its various offshoots, this index is more about gauging the merits of the real services that writers are likely to use, and their options in getting their work out. And the top ten list of services in the latest iteration, for December 2014, shows that Kindle Direct Publishing is falling in popularity, consistent with the reports elsewhere that KDP and Kindle Unlimited have helped sour authors on at least some of the Amazon services.
This doesn’t indicate a wholesale retreat from Amazon as a platform, as CreateSpace, also an Amazon offering after all, has shouldered its way up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the rankings. But IngramSpark is clearly finding a lot of favor among authors, perhaps justifying the deals that many publishing outfits have signed with the Ingram Content Group. And Mark Coker’s Smashwords is also sustaining its reputation at the top of the league, and perhaps increasing it.
The full index, which is a handy checklist of services in its own right, is available here. For aspiring or current self-published authors, it’s recommended.