Online Book Publishing Review

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Why Use Online Book Publishing Companies?

We've all heard the story: aspiring authors facing one rejection after another while repeatedly submitting manuscripts to a handful of giant book publishing companies, only to have them briskly declined again.

Luckily, the story doesn't have to end there. With new technology, online book publishing services now can format, print and publish books quickly and affordably. What is even better, a book can go from manuscript form to a handsome bound volume through a printing method called print-on-demand (POD) publishing. With this technique, books are printed and shipped as they are ordered, which eliminates the need to have large print runs and costly warehouses stacked with books, common practices in the traditional publishing world.

Even better, this new technology and publishing approach lets you keep all the rights to your own book. With traditional publishers, you generally have to relinquish some or all of the rights.

Even with the cost-saving and copyright benefits the POD book publishing industry offers, your book will look as professionally done and as polished as any traditionally published book. In addition, since your book is published using the latest technology and only to suit the demand, there is less waste in production. This potentially gives you a greater royalty earning capacity.

Leading POD book publishing companies also have made great strides in the world of eBooks, and it is possible to have your manuscript turned into written work that is formatted and ready for readers to enjoy electronically.

Online book publishers also offer a broad selling base, whether it is through their own online bookstore or through online giants such as Amazon.com, Borders.com, Booksamillion.com and Walmart.com. By employing distribution channels that reach more than 25,000 retailers, today's POD publishers can sell to brick-and-mortar stores, libraries and other online merchants.

However, perhaps the best advantage that comes with using an online book publishing service is the greater chance your book will be accepted and published. Online publishing services do not take everything they receive – for example, one POD book publishing company makes it clear it will not accept hate literature. However, the POD business model is much more flexible than traditional publishing and permits publication of a much broader-base of quality books.

In this site, you will find articles on book publishing and comprehensive reviews of online book publishing services to help you make an informed decision about which company is right for you. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™

Online Book Publishing Service: What to Look For

The best online book publishing services offer well-rounded and affordable publishing packages, marketing assistance, a broad book-selling reach, a wide selection of extra services beyond the publishing package and plenty of help and support. Below are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate each online book publishing service:

Publishing Package
The best online publishing packages offer pre-publishing, publishing and promotional services. In addition, they have a quick, overall publishing timeframe and give authors the most for their money. High-quality POD publishing companies also provide a number of services as part of the pre-paid package to help you sell your book. These can include such things as designing a web page and making copies of the book available to reviewers.

Book Selling Reach
Capable online publishers are able to help their published authors sell books through a combination of selling methods, including an onsite bookstore, wholesale distribution channels (i.e. Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor, Inc.) and through other major online book retailers.

Additional Paid Services
Online book publishing services should offer a wide assortment of extra paid publishing and marketing services beyond those offered in their publishing packages. A few of these include:

• Copyediting services
• Copyright registration services
• Ghost writing services
• Art services for cover design
• Expedited publishing
• Press release writing and distribution
• Creation of promotional materials
• Web page design
• Help with modern marketing techniques
• Assistance with video trailers
• Help in placing books with eBook firms

Help & Support
Top online book publishing services should offer several avenues for support, including toll-free phone and email support or an online form for question submission. It is also helpful if they host a FAQs page and an online 'meeting place' where authors can share ideas and discuss publishing topics via an online forum, discussion board or blog.

Whether you are a first-time author or a previously published novelist who is tired of signing your rights away, online book publishing companies offer a fast and inexpensive way to get your book off your computer screen and into the hands of your readers.

 
 
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Publishing Package Royalties
Direct Sale Royalties Self-Set Self-Set 20% CP 30% CP 30% CP 50% NP 25% CP 20% CP 0% 30% CP
Third-Party Royalties Self-Set Self-Set 20% WP 15% WP 10% CP 50% NP 10% CP 20% WP 80% 15% CP
Non-Exclusive Contract
Publishing Package
Average Publishing Timeframe in Weeks 12 -18 1 - 13 6 - 8 6 - 9 12-18 4 - 6 12-17 12   6-8
Number of Free Author Copies 1 6 5 3 10 3 5 5 2 48
Manuscript Layout/Formatting
ISBN Number Assigned
Barcode Creation
Printed in Paperback
Offers Author Discounts
Webpage Design
 
Original Cover Design
 
   
Copies for Review Available
     
Offers Articles on Book Marketing
   
  
Interior Image Placement
  
  
 
Editorial Evaluation  
  
     
How-to Marketing Literature  
  
    
Customized Sales Sheet Creation  
        
eBook Formatting   
   
  
Library of Congress Control Number    
 
  
Printed in Hardcover     
     
Booksellers Return Program    
   
  
Book Selling Reach
Total Titles in Print 60,000+ 10,000+ 39,145+ 6,100+ 1,500+ 1,100+ 25,000+ 1,200+ 750 1,000+
Amazon.com
BarnesandNoble.com
Borders.com
Abebooks.com
Alibris.com
Powells.com
Buy.com
Ingram Book Group
Baker & Taylor, Inc.
 
Onsite Bookstore
 
Walmart.com    
 
    
Additional Paid Services
Copyediting/Proofreading
Art for Cover Design
Amazon Kindle
eBook Publication
Written promotional materials
  
Press Release Writing
 
Co-op Discounted Advertising
    
Expedited Publishing
 
  
OCR Text Scanning/Data Entry
 
 
Newswire Services
 
   
Media Alert Services
 
  
 
Video Trailer
 
    
Amazon Inside the Book
 
 
  
Copyright Registration
   
Personal Publicist
       
Arrange Public Appearances
       
Custom Illustration Design
 
 
Promotional Email Message
 
  
   
Help with Website Creation
 
 
Google/Amazon Keyword Search
 
      
Barnes & Noble Inside the Book
 
 
 
  
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Ghost Writing  
 
    
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