In today’s world of internet domination, publishing has taken a new turn. As hard as it has become to get a book published by a publisher, just as easy it is to publish the book yourself online, using one of the numerous self-publishing services on internet. Although self-publishing companies are based on the same principle, it seems that each one has a different approach to publishing, so both the services offered and the costs involved vary. If you are thinking of publishing that book, you may want to review these ten publishers listed below.
Blurb is one of the most popular online publishers. It features an advanced software that lets you design your book by adding photos, artwork, and text. You can use ready made templates or design your own. Publishing costs start from as low as $12,95 per book, and you are not obliged to order large quantities; actually, you may order just one copy.
For the aspiring writers, Blurb offers another cool feature; if you choose to have your book open to public, you may opt to have it sold through Blurb website.
One of the self-publishing pioneers, BookBaby offers book distribution to the most stores worldwide, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books and more. With their Print On Demand book distribution services, you will be able to sell your printed books in the biggest bookstores all over the world.
Depending on the retail price of your title, and the specs of the book, most titles will generate between 10% -30% royalties. Sometimes sales will fall outside of these royalty targets depending on international currency conversion rates, the manufacturing costs associated with production of your titles, and the fluctuation in retailer distribution charges.
Lulu claims not to be a publisher, but a digital marketplace with a vision of empowerment and accessibility. The rapid growth of this website is built on its proven ability to grab hold of the user-generated content and provide an empowering outlet for creators of all types.
Lulu eliminates traditional entry barriers to publishing, and enables authors to bring their work directly to their audience. First, they use Lulu’s tools to format their digital content. Then they take advantage of Lulu’s dedicated marketplace to make their published work available to as many, or as few, people around the world as they like, earning 80% of all creator revenue, of which millions of dollars has already been paid out.
The only disadvantage of Lulu is that you are obliged to use one of their templates and layouts for your book, and not your own.
iUniverse is not just another self-publishing service. It offers full editorial support to its authors, and provides editorial, marketing and self-publishing services authors would expect from a traditional publisher. This specialized author support comes in a variety of self-publishing packages, ranging from $599 to $4,200 depending on your budget.
One of the first online self-publishing companies and a pioneer in the field. Although they offer full-colour print, Xlibris is oriented more towards traditional books, not picture books. Data Entry Service (conversion of your manuscript into digital format) costs $2,50 per page, and they offer other professional services to its authors, such as copyediting, indexing, and author alterations & corrections.
A nice touch is that they have leather bound editions, and give you a money-back guarantee right until the end when you have to sign the author approval copy.
Outskirts Press is one of the best self-publishing companies right now. Not only are they thorough and precise, but they offer programs that start under $200. And they let you keep 100% of royalties from your book sales.
Kobo comes highly recommended. It isn’t just a self-publishing platform, but they also have their own e-reader device. This gives you an extra advantage, as uploading your finished book on Kobo will make your selection available to people with a Kobo device.
However, keep in mind that Kobo not a distribution company, and you will need to take care of the marketing yourself.
Since 1997, AuthorHouse has published more than 40,000 authors, which in itself is the best referrence. They offer three different packages: Poetry Book, that starts at $399, Paperback & Hardcover and Children’s & Colour Book, that start at $599.Authors retain all rights, maintain editorial control and choose the exact selection of services that best suits their goals. AuthorHouse provides a broad array of tools and services to allow authors to make their own choices throughout the publishing process. They also provide a team of experienced professionals to guide you from pre-publication to marketing.
CreateSpace is a self-publishing service for authors, musicians, and filmmakers. It is unique in that it offers the possibility to make your book in Digital Text Platform and in this format sell it in the Kindle Store. Another advantage of CreateSpace is that it is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, which makes it easy to sell your book on Amazon.
WEbook claims to be the largest online writing community in the world and an innovative book publisher. Once you join the community, you can start a project or collaborate with others on their projects. WEbook features an online text editor which is integrated with social media to make book co-writing easy.
WEbook is unique among self-publishing companies in that it is completely free; however, the catch is that there are no guarantees that you will get published. There are 3 submission cycles during the year when you can submit your project to WEbook users to read and rate, and if your project makes it to the top 10%, it will have a good chance of getting published by WEbook.
Authors and major contributors receive 50% of all profits generated from the sale of WEbook titles.
IngramSpark provides access to a huge global network, and they do it in a way that gives you more market coverage with less work and at a lower cost. With their Global Connect Program, your books can be printed in destinations full of eager book fans including the U.S., Australia, and all over Europe and Asia.
What this means for you?
– Access to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and universities—online and in stores.
– Safe, fast, and reliable direct shipping and global delivery
– Complete professional management of global book distribution for your print and e-books
From print-on-demand to e-book publishing, IngramSpark gets your content to readers across the planet.
Finally, if you are only looking to publish a personal photo book or a family keepsake, Shutterfly will do the job well. They offer customized editions for Recipe Book, Travel Diary, Wedding Book, Baby Book, Pet Book, and Scrapbook. Because of their accessible rates and high quality print, they are favorite service of many professional photographers. Shutterfly also offers cards and stationary, prints, calendars, and other photo gifts.