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Apples to Apples Comparison

 

  Find out  about self publishing and POD publishers before you choose...

 

 

 

Apples to Apples Comparison of POD Publishers

This comparison was compiled by expecting certain necessary functions of a publisher. Only those publishers providing at least these services are included in this comparison. The costs shown are for these services except where noted in the chart:

                            ISBN and Library of Congress #s

                            Barcode/EAN - must have to sell book

                            Formatting of book text - most time consuming of all publishing jobs

                            Original cover design - distinguish your book from others

                            5 or more images (on disk)

                            Non-exclusive contract - common to almost all POD publishers

                            Electronic (or digital) proofs - common to all POD publishers

                            Distribution through Ingram and Baker &Taylor - must have to sell book

                            Laminated cover

                            Perfect Binding

                            On site web page for your book - must have to sell book

 

Publisher

Cost

Edit

Review

Free

Books

Price

200 page

book

Ingram

Discount

Wholesale

royalty

Publisher sales royalty

Author

       cost

     25

 

of books

100

 

 

300

Back Cover

Edit

Returns

Option

Color

Books

AuthorHouse

/1stBooks

 $873

No

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No info

on site

No

Yes $699

Yes

Book Publisher/ Wheatmark

 $1099

 

No

 5

$15.95

55%

 

 0.65

20% of net

 3.19

20% of list

9.57

7.97

7.97

No

No

No

CreateSpace

 $1497

 No

 0

$14.99

NO

INGRAM

1.49

10% of list

3.74

25% of list

11.24

7.49

7.49

$249

No

Yes

iUniverse

 

 $1099

Incl

10

$14.95

36%

50%

1.13  (20%

.36   or 10%

        of net)

2.21

20% of net

11.21

8.22

7.47

Incl

No

Yes

Llumina

 $799

Incl

10

$15.95

$13.95

50%

45%

1.59  (10%

1.39  of list)

4.77   (30%

4.18   of list)

8.77

8.37

7.97 (200

7.67 bks)

7.17 (500

6.97 bks)

Incl

 

Yes $500

Yes

Rosedog  $1400

$25 + $2.50/

pg

3

$23.00

NO

INGRAM

2.76

12% of list

6.90

30% of list

13.80 13.80 13.80 No No Yes

Trafford

 

 $1949

No

40

$21.95

50%

1.48

20% of net

4.78

60% of net

8.50

7.99

7.24

No

No

Yes

Virtual Bookworm**

 $495

 

No

5

$13.95

35%

1.58

50% of net

$4.18

50% of net

9.76 9.76

 

No

Yes $500 Yes

Xlibris

 $1600

No

20

$21.99

50%

2.20

10% of list

5.50

25% of list

13.19

13.19

13.19

No

No

Yes

HOW TO READ THIS CHART:

Pay attention to anomalies. For instance, if the retail price is very high and the royalty is also very high, that may seem good, but is it?  If other books of the same type, size, and number of pages are selling for significantly less, then a high retail price is not competitive.  If the royalty seems higher than most, then ask yourself why. What retail price is the royalty based on? What is the distributor discount? A low distributor discount also means a low bookseller discount.  For instance, with a 35% distributor discount, the bookseller will probably only be able to make a 15% to 20% profit, while on books with a 55% discount the bookseller will get 35% to 40%.  Which book do you think the bookseller is more likely to buy?

**Unlike the others in this comparison who offer non-exclusive contracts, Virtual Bookworm has an exclusive contract with a 90 day escape clause.

Other POD publishers we reviewed who do not offer all these services may be listed on this site though not included in the comparison chart.

PUBLISHERS: If you see anything on this chart that is incorrect, please email me.

 

 
 

 

 
     

 

 

 

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