Best Sites to self Publish a BookThe best pages for self-publication of a book
You are a good candidate for Print on Demand:
The times are over in which the self-publication of one's own book was prohibitively pricey and completely unacceptable. Those few jumps can be your own book in print and in the hand of a client on the other side of the globe for a surprise low price, and some authors are jumpsstarting their trip typing or photographing career on the back of self-published works.
And other up-and-coming authors just publish memoir about their journeys as presents for their loved ones. I' m still dreaming of having my first book with a big, well-known publishers, but I have dreamed of having a small book both as a present for others and as an alternate to major-publishers.
It is one of the self-publishing sites I've listened to the most, and perhaps the sweet name will help me recall it. As most websites, they make it simple to publish your book: Obviously it is definitely more difficult to write or compile your book than self-publishing, so in a certain way they are not inaccurate.
Lulu offers a variety of book styles, which include paperback, hardcover and photo books. The photo books look great for a traveller who wants to show some of his best pictures from his travels, and you can use your own Lulu Studio photo editing tool to organize the pictures the way you want.
Paperbacks and hardcover printing are also simple to use and you can either order just a copy for yourself and give it away or give it away as you see fit, or you can use Lulu to either use the Lulu Marketplace (you take a small commission) or else go to other on-line bookshops and buy it, complete with Amazon.
What surprises me these days-which is not just Lulu'ss-is that it really doesn't take so much to have a book made. E.g. a 100-page pocket book that is perfectly hardcover (i.e. it looks like a regular paperback) has a production price of only $6.53 - less if you order more than 25 pieces.
Many authors have had good experience with Lulu - and of course, they have had good experience with it - but on the whole, they seem to me to be one of the most trusted print-on-demand editors out there. That presupposes that you plan to either sell your book yourself or just use it as a present - I would not suggest it as a way to publish fame. iUniverse is another self-publisher whose name I have often overheard.
However, it is quite different from the Lulu publisher because iUniverse is focused on those who hope to be selling a large number of them. With iUniverse, the publication lifecycle begins with the selection of a self-publishing-the lowest price is $599-where you get help with editing, book and artwork creation, and dissemination.
For example, iUniverse may be appropriate for authors (and not really for photographers) who have composed what they think is a marketable travelogue, or perhaps a guide, and who do not want to go the conventional way of publication. Because iUniverse allows bookstores to give back non-sold titles, many major bookstores will open to store your book - if it's good enough.
Blurb brings us back to something similar to Lulu - created for anyone who wants to publish something at a sensible cost. There' s only a few differences: at Blurb you have to use their Booksmart book design tool, they don't have as many options for sizes and formats, and as far as I can tell, they don't seem to have the links to Amazon like Lulu does.
However, like Lulu, you can either order a copy of your book for yourself or you can offer it for purchase at the Blurb Bookstore and Blurb will take a small fee for everything you do there. You have some pleasant touch on their website, like an simple way to make a book from your own blogs, and some parts of their bookstore that are well deserved a second look - the travelling section has some really interesting things and some beautiful photobooks - in fact, it's probably just a lot of work to make your own unique book as a picture book after a journey, because they can look so professionally.
The price is similar to Lulu, except that the cheap pocket book versions of text-based textuals do not seem to work. XLibris was not the right place to publish photo albums for a long period of many years, but now they have changed from their pure monochrome era to a more traditional print-on-demand one.
There is an interesting fact about XLibris that I didn't know - they are 49% property of the Random House group. There are already several crossovers between conventional publishing houses and Internet-based print-on-demand publishing houses - interesting to listen to. As with iUniverse, XLibris calculates an advance royalty for publishing with them, with the lowest bundle beginning at $299 for a book that doesn't need a unique look, although there are sometimes two-for-one pros that offer more extensive bundles at a better price.
It was XLibris who began to publish academically, and although they are taking a more common approach nowadays, I still get this kind of academical feeling from their website. It would probably be worth comparing the detail more accurately with iUniverse if you consider this type of self-publication. The CafePress is cool: you can do a lot more than just design your own book here, because they also have custom t-shirts, car decals, cups and even cups for your pet or canine.
However, before I get enraptured, I will concentrate on her self-published work. CafePress' most frequent self-publisher seems to be one who wants to buy his book in a CafePress on-line store. As with Lulu or Blurb, there are no up-front fees for authors - CafePress is not charged until your book is actually in print, so it will take a small fee from every book you have.
Basic book pricing is a little higher than Lulu's - a 100-page, perfectly wrapped book costs exactly $10. The creeping sensation is that CafePress is probably better at making other things like hats and cups than great-looking textbooks, and I'd be willing to go somewhere else - but I'm definitely excited to do it!
At the beginning of 2008, BookSurge began to write to other print-on-demand publishing houses to say that Amazon would only be selling BookSurge-published works on-line and would refuse print-on-demand works from any other publishing house. That spending alone makes me cautious of BookSurge, though they might end up being the best place to go if you want your book to be widely circulated.
BookSurge's other good side is that it covers the range of self-publishing possibilities, from delivering your own fully finished PDF to creating your own script in a professional-looking book. However, they are much more costly, as most publishers packs go into the tens of thousands of dollars. It' similar to CafePress because it allows you to use your pictures to make your own mug and calendar together with self-published photo books, and you can also use the website to market your wares.
A thing I'm not really fond of is her scanning down copies of uncopyrighted works - maybe I'm just a classicist and I don't like the notion of making moneys. It is of course a completely different matter whether you want or should publish your own reports or photographs, with many reasons on both sides.
Instead, I would like to know if any of you have any of these pages - or can suggest another.