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The following list provides a guidance only of the difference type of deals available amongst publish on demand services. Please check with each individual resource for current offers and terms.

Most of the publishers below, with the exception of Golden Pillar and Unlimited Pillar offer Non-Exclusive contracts. A key benefit is the distribution network that each publisher has access to. Most have their own online retail sites, and some have a network of other online retailers to which they will offer your book.

The printing format of your book may limit your choices, with many publishers not ofering hard cover options. If you have good marketing experience, then look for publishers that allow you to purchase your book for the price of publishing, so that you may sell them through your own channels without royalties. Contracts vary signficantly in this area so check carefully on any restraints you may have in marketing your book.

Considering all factors, the top four publising services at time of print are indicated by star ratings **

Publisher Manuscript Screening Distribution Paper back Hard cover Combo Color Royalties

Authors Discounts

****Virtual Bookworm Yes

Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers

$360.00 $430.00 $590.00 $625.00 50% net receipts.

30%
***Lulu No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $99.95 Not Available Not Available Not Available 80% net receipts.

Printing costs
**Wingspan Press Yes Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $499.00 Not Available $699.00 $899.00

20% retail price on external sales.

15% fulfillment charge on direct sales.

Buy at printing costs
*iUniverse No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $499.00 Not Available $698.00 Not Available 20% payments received by the publisher.

20%

Bulk discounts available.

Authorhouse No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $698.00 Not Available $1048.00 $999.00

5-15% on external sales

10-50% on direct sales (see 2+2=5).

Equals royalties on direct sales.
Authors Online No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers £750.00 Not Available Not Available £750.00 60% net receipts.

Printing costs plus 25% of retail price.
Aventine Press No Mainly Online Retailers $399.00 Not Available $694.00 Not Available 80% net receipts.

Printing costs plus 10% of retail price.
Biblio Books No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $1450.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available

10% retail price on external sales

20% on direct sales

 

7% on sales to libraries.

Not disclosed.
Booklocker .com Yes Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $217.00 Not Available Not Available $467.00

 

35% retail price on direct sales

15% of retail price on extenal sales.


35% of retail price, some bulk discounts .
Bookstand Publishing No Own Site Only $559.00 $699.00 Not Available $929.00

30% retail price on direct paperback sales

15% of retail price on external hardcover sales.

Basic discount is unclear.
Booksurge Publishing No Mainly Own Site & Online Retailers $599.00 $697.00 Not Available $699.00 25% retail price on direct sales (15% for hardcovers), 10% on external sales.

30%, some bulk discounts may apply.
Equilibrium Books Yes Through their site AUD $249.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 13.5% retail price.

27.5% of retail price as listed on their website plus royalties.
Foremost Press Yes Own Site & Online Retailers $347.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available

20% retail price on direct sale

10% on external sales (it is unclear whether this is 10% of retail or wholesale price).

50% of retail price.
Golden Pillar Publishing [Bronze] No Own Site & Online Retailers $500.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 70% net receipts.

Pay only printing costs.
Golden Pillar Publishing [Gold] No Own Site & Online Retailers $3500.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 90% net receipts.

Pay only printing costs.
Golden Pillar Publishing [Silver] No Own Site & Online Retailers $1500.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 80% net receipts.

Pay only printing costs.
Infinity Publishing No Own Site & Online Retailers $499.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available

30% retail price on direct sales

15% wholesale price on external sale (~ 9% of retail price).

Discount is 40% of retail price plus wholesale 10% royalties.
Inkwater Press No Own Site & Online Retailers $499.00 $899.00 Not Available $1299.00

40% net receipts

25% for color books

Authors can purchase copies of their book at a 40% discount (minimum order is 12).
Instabook Press
No None $150.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 100% net receipts
Pay only printing costs.

 

Llumina Press

Yes Own Site & Online Retailers $799.00 $859.00 $999.00 $699.00

10% retail price on external sales

30% on direct sales.

Discount is 30% of retail price bulk disconts are available.
Outskirts Press [Diamond] No Own Site & Online Retailers $999.00 Not Available $1198.00 Not Available Set by the author on a base price.

Buy at base price.
Outskirts Press [Pearl]
No Own Site & Some Online Retailers Not Available Not Available Not Available $999.00 Set by the author on a base price.
Buy at base price.
Outskirts Press [Ruby] No Own Site & Online Retailers $599.00 Not Available $798.00 Not Available

Set by the author on a base price

Buy at base price.
Outskirts Press [Sapphire] No Own Site & Online Retailers $399.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available Set by the author on a base price.

Buy at base price.
Pagefree Publishing
No Own Site & Online Retailers $459.00 $609.00 $659.00 $589.00 75% net receipts.

Printing costs (these costs are higher than the ones paid by bookstores).
Universal Publishers
Yes Own Site & Online Retailers $495.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available

20% of retail price on external sales

40% on direct sales.

No royalties on first three copies sold each quarter.

40% of retail price, bulk discounts may apply.
Unlimited Publishing Yes Online Retailers $500.00 Not Available $625.00 Not Available 50% net receipts

Printing costs plus a small administrative fee ($1.00-$1.75 per copy depending on page count).
Wheatmark No Own Site & Online Retailers $799.00 Not Available $1448.00 Not Available

20% payments on external sales

40% on direct sales.

Discount is 40% of retail price.
WritersWorld No Online Retailers £1598.00 Not Available Not Available Not Available 100% net receipts

Pay only printing costs.
Xlibris No Own Site & Online Retailers $499.00 Not Available $899.00 $999.00

10% retail price - external sales

25% retail price on direct sales

Basic discount is 40% on paperbacks and 35% on hardcovers.
Xulon Press Yes Own Site & Online Retailers $1499.00 Not Available $1648.00 Not Available

100% net recipts - external sales

75% net receipts - direct sales

Discount is not clearly defined (up to 70% on bulk orders, not defined for a single copy).

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