This article is based on a study of approximately 900 new businesses in the book publishing sector, most created since 2007. It seeks to gain a quantitative view of these startups, their business mission, funding and outcome. It discusses the forces that created an opportunity for these businesses.
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I have no investments or current consulting relationships with the companies on this list.
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McIlroy, T. Startups Within the U.S. Book Publishing Industry. Pub Res Q 33, 1–9 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12109-017-9500-0
- Book publishing
- Book publishing startups
- Business startups
- Amazon Kindle