Links to 'Print on Demand' Sites

If you have written novels, articles, or essays and you want them to be published; you might want to take an in-depth look at self-publishing. Likewise, if you have artworks, music in audio or in print, and anything that needs printing and publishing, you might want to check out the following sites for your printing and publishing needs.

Most of the sites here are for book publishing. However, Lulu, CafePress, and CreateSpace also give print services for your artworks and printing needs. These three sites also give you option to publish your CDs and DVDs.

The sites listed here give free on demand publishing except for BookSurge.

In book submission, you’ll have to submit pdf files and image submissions should be in jpeg or TIFF.

You can self-publish your works with the following POD sites.

This site lets you use booksmart software for free.  Through this software, you can design your own book and see the preview of the outcome.  The downside of publishing with this site is that you are required to order your book.  If you do not order at least one book within 15 days, it will automatically be unavailable in their site.  If you order one, it will be available for one year.  Costs of your book and shipping are estimated, however, you won’t know the actual price until you order a book.  While it is free to publish your book with them, they however, cut a small processing fee from your monthly profit to cover their costs.  And because you would be downloading booksmart software to publish your book, your PC should have the system requirements the software needs.  You can choose your book binding option and book size through the site.

 

BookSurge is a print on demand publishing service that caters to both authors and publishers.  A member of Amazon group of companies so self publishing authors can have an edge publishing with them than on any other site.  Authors who choose to publish with them have access to experts in bookmaking process.  All books published with them should have a minimum of 24 pages.  They only accept books written in English.  If, by any chance, you want to publish your book in a non-English language, the manuscript you submit will be treated as an image.  And there are limitations in image submission in this site.  Through this site, your book can be advertised in Amazon.com.  They give customers the privilege to return defective books to them.  They allow all books that are published with them to be available to the public regardless of their demand.  Authors can earn a royalty of 35% from the books sold in their retail distribution channels like Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, and Alibris.com.  Authors earn a royalty of only 10% from the books sold in their wholesale distribution channels.  Authors can track their royalty earnings through this site.

 

This site lets you publish your book on demand.  Aside from that, you can also print and sell dark t-shirts and other artworks.  You can also publish and sell your audio CDs.  The base price of your book is determined by the number of pages and the binding method you choose.  CafePress determines the base price of an item, any markup you set above the base price is your commission.  Creating your book is free, so is the other products you decide to create.

 

This site provides free print on demand publishing and printing of books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads, and audio downloads.  CreateSpace is a subsidiary of Amazon.  Your books will be available in Amazon.com, CreateSpace shop, and on your own website (if you have one).  All books published with them should have a minimum of 24 pages.  You are to set your own price.  Royalties will be earned according to your price minus CreateSpace’s commission on each book sale.  Your book will be assigned an ISBN if you do not already have one, and it is free of charge.  Likewise, free UPC will be assigned to your CDs and DVDs available for sale.  All books published with CreateSpace will have a full color cover.  Their cover creator program will help you design and customize your own book cover.

 

This is a website where you can publish your print and digital media.  You can publish books, music sheets, calendars, artworks, paintings, magazines, comics, CDs, DVDs, and software.  The services of this site can be used by individuals, organizations, or any group of people.  For their basic services, they charge no fee.  You set your own price.  For any sale that you make, they take a 20% commission.  Your earnings here are called creator revenue, that’s the 80% share you get from your sales.  You can even print books and photo books just for yourself or print them as gifts for your loved ones.  Of course, with this method, you have to pay for the books.  With print on demand, you can let them print only what you need.  If you have a small-scale publishing company, you can use their printing services for your book printing and publishing needs.  Unfortunately, they do not provide in-house editorial services.  If there is any editing services you should need, Lulu has a large community where you can ask for help or hire an expert for your needs.

 

This is a free self publishing website.  Wordclay has a DIY self publishing wizard which you can use to publish or use to submit your works.  From the start, you have to provide the details of your book; the title, cover appearance, and its cover size.  With this site, you have the option to choose how much royalty you earn.  However, their wizard decides on the minimum price by computing your book’s page count, cover, and distribution costs.  Unfortunately, once you decide on the price of your book, you won’t be able to change the price anymore.  They pay you your royalties on a quarterly basis and once you have already earned $20 or more.  They provide in-house editorial services if you need one, however, these services are not free.

 

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quicksand 7 years ago

Right now I am writing a book, which I meant to sell via Clickbank, if I consider it good enough when I finish it.

Thanks to this hub of yours, I now have several options.

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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

Hi Quicksand. Good luck on your book. Hope you'll find a better option in the list here. I hope also that this list won't confuse you. :)


Leonard Fernandes 7 years ago

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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

BeatsMe, great list, very useful for new authors. I use Lulu.com they are very good. These links will save new authors so much time, for me it took a few years to find the right source :)


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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

Hi Cgull, too bad I couldn't be of help to you but I hope that this help others who are starting out. It is kind of hard to look for the right site that'll work best. You'll have to do a lot of research to know which one you like.

Best of luck on your books in Lulu. :)


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks BeatsMe, also one more I use Amazon Kindle, very easy to publish there also. The problem is Amazon gets bulk of it gets 70 percent and gives only 30 percent to the author. It is another free medium. You can find here. https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin

All you need is a word document, Amazon will convert it into Kindle format.


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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the new info, Cgull. I hope you're still happy with your books in Amazon Kindle even with the low returns. Anyway, I think your books will probably get more exposure in Amazon. You probably make more sales there.

Best of luck. :)


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks BeatsMe, I am helping my friend in Amazon, maybe later I will publish my poems. One of the publisher said "Poems get no money" :) and another friend said poets usually become famous after dead :) Are you publishing also?


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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

Hi Cgull, I've read in one of the hubs here (can't remember which one) that if you publish or sell them as a song, there'll be more money. Don't know how true that is, though.

About one and half years ago, I've attempted. But I've encountered many obstacles and I decided to postpone the plan. Now, I'm not so sure if I'm going to push through with it.


Bhavish graphics 7 years ago

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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

Hi, BG. Thanks for dropping by. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to your question. I think you should ask whoever designed your site. They might be able to answer.


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

HI Beats me great hub, quick question: what obstacles did you encounter?


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BeatsMe 7 years ago Author

I wasn't going to publish novels or stories. It was something else and it required another process before publishing. Thanks for dropping by, Rebecca.


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

BeatsMe, Dorrance is well-known to be a scam publisher - you'll find lots of unhappy people who've published with them.


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BeatsMe 6 years ago Author

Hi Marisa, thanks for letting me know. Thanks also for dropping by.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

BeatsMe, do you have some advice on how to prepare a CreateSpace cover from their template using the free paint program that comes built in to Windows? The reference to layers has me stumped.


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BeatsMe 6 years ago Author

Sorry, Aya, can't help you there. But maybe you can ask them to assist you or explore your paint program a little bit. Hopefully, they'll be helpful to people who want to publish with them. Best of luck on your book. :)


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ybp 4 years ago from Your Book Place

The only site that I have seen that allows you to print one book at a time and keep 100% of the book price you set is Your Book Place.

http://www.yourbookplace.com

They hold your hand through the entire process including book cover creation, manuscript set up. They'll also upload to amazon for you.


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BeatsMe 4 years ago Author

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