When printing your book, there are two main routs you can take.
- Have your book printed by a printer. There are a plethora of printers who will print your book, many in your town, city or suburb. Or, as some authors do, have your books printed internationally (Particularly around Asia) at very competitive rates, and, for the most part, they all do a good job. However, if you choose to have your books printed this way, you will normally have to commit to purchasing a quantity to get a reasonable price, then you will have to organise your own distribution, sales and availability, both online and in “Bricks and Mortar” book shops.
- Digital, Print on Demand (POD). The POD process is my preferred option for independent publishing. You will have some traditionalists tell you that the quality is not as good, but honestly, unless you are a printing and binding guru, I defy you to tell the difference.
Print on Demand (POD) is a digital service that, once you have uploaded your manuscript and cover to their website, and are happy with the look of the book (they provide digital proofing on the websites), you, or your customers, can order as few as one copy from them at any time. They digitally print as needed; they don’t hold stock. There are many POD providers online, CreateSpace (Amazon), Ingram Spark (Lighting Source), LuLu to name a few. Each of the POD companies named also provide global distribution of your book if you so choose, mostly to online bookshops, such as Amazon, Barns & Nobel, Book Depository, Booktopia and many more, as well as making it available to “Bricks & Mortar” stores and libraries on order.
I originally used CreateSpace until July of 2018, when they decided to take away the “Authors price” from authors wanting to ship to Australia (You then had to pay full retail from them). If you are an Australian Author, wanting to sell your printed books from your website or through arrangements with “bricks and mortar” bookshops, Amazon made it impossible to retail your books at competitive prices. However, they have now reversed that decision and, as an author, you can again purchase your books at competitive rates, I find them to again be the best option for independent publishing.
I did publish through Ingram Spark during Amazon’s absence. They print in Australia and have great support, you can actually talk to someone in Melbourne on the phone, with little or no waiting time. There is a setup fee and you must supply your own ISBN and, although you can buy a little as one book, to get a reasonable price it is wise to by at least 10 copies. In my experience, for a novel of approximately 300 pages for 10 copies including freight, you would pay around $11 per copy.
Depending on the size of the book, to setup and make available with Ingram Spark it will cost you approximately $100, ballpark.
Ingram Spark distributes to all major online stores, (Including Amazon), so, about a week after your book goes live with them it will appear in most of the online stores. They also provide eBook facilities. However, their system is a little more complicated and it does cost approximately $100 to get to distribution stage, where as with CreateSpace (Amazon) it is possible to do it for free.
Contact me via the Contact form on this page if you want more information, or want to contract me to do it for you,