Bloomington publisher to expand

Author Solutions Inc. will transfer jobs from China to its home base in Bloomington as part of an expansion announced today.

The provider of self-publishing services will spend $4.5 million on the consolidation, which will add 140 jobs to its headquarters.

Author Solutions already employs 230 in Bloomington, and another 50 in Indianapolis. It maintained a publishing operation in Shanghai.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Author Solutions up to $575,000 in tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants. Monroe County and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation also will give the company a property tax abatement.

Author Solutions wants to hire employees for creative, customer service and technology positions.

The company started as AuthorHouse in 1997, then was acquired by California-based Bertram Capital in 2006.

Author Solutions expects to publish nearly 17,000 titles for U.S. distribution this year.

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