Growing publisher stirs controversy

The Associated Press is covering the pluses and minuses of PublishAmerica. Founded in 1999, PublishAmerica is now one of the industry’s fastest growing publishers, with more than 4,000 new books released last year. But the rise of PublishAmerica has prompted both praise and criticism. While many authors thank the company for championing their books, its claim to be a traditional publisher – not a vanity press – has been challenged by writers’ organizations such as The Authors Guild and debated on author Web sites such as WritersNet and Absolute Write.