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Do Publishers Differ That Much?

Below you will find a chart outlining how the services of various POD publishers compare and contrast. Most publishers provide certain standard benefits for all. For the chart, however, I attempted to isolate important features and show you how each publisher compares to all others. Try not to select a publisher based on only one or two variables. I encourage you to look at all the features of a publisher, and, check out the grades I’ve given publishers on a separate page, before moving forward.

 

Unofficial, Evolving POD Comparisons
Publisher Extras 

 

E-book

Color Option

Returns Option

Email Marketing Option

Promo Coaching Option

Author Website

Outskirts

No

Yes

$500

No

Yes, two years

$299

Lulu

Yes

Yes

No

$369

One  session:  $150

$600

AuthorHouse

$149

Yes

$699

No

No

$759

BookSurge

$299

Yes

No

No

One  session:  $100

No

iUniverse

?

Yes

$550

$Yes

Monthly   Podcast

$759

Trafford

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Xlibris

No

Yes

$1149

$Yes

No

$549

Wheatmark

No

No

Includ.

No

No  price  stated

No

Xulon

No

No

$149

No

No

No

Holy Fire

$199

Yes

$299

No

No

No

Virtual Bookworm

$99

Yes

$500

No

No

$240

Aventine

No

No

No

No

No

$800

Llumina

$65

Yes

$500

$Yes

No

$839

Dog Ear

No

Yes

$499

$Yes

No

$343- 999

BookLocker

$135

?

No

No

No

No

 

Basic Stats

 

Price Range

Time Till Publ.

Free Books

Retail: 200- page book

Author unit cost: 100 books

Retail Sales Royalty

Outskirts

$199 to  $999

70-90 days

10

$16.95

$6.85

$2.37

Lulu

$369 to $1369

50-60 days

1

$12.95

$8.50

$1.00

AuthorHouse

$598 to $1298

20-25 days

1

$12.30

$8.85

$2.46

BookSurge

$499 to $3387

40-80 days

20

$15.99

$11.19

$5.60 20% list

iUniverse

$599 to $2099

37-41 days

10

$14.95

$8.22

$2.21 20% net

Trafford

$1497 to $6497

?

20

$21.95

$8.12

$1.31 60% net

Xlibris

$299 to  $5999

44-54 days

20

$21.99

$10.21

$2.20 25% net

Wheatmark

$1299 to $3999

90-180 days

5

$16.95

$8.45

$1.53 20% list

Xulon

$599 to $1650

90 days

2

$14.99

$6.85

$5.00

Holy Fire

$499 to $1200

60 days

5

$14.99

$7.50

$1.30

Virtual Bookworm

$495 to $2350

45-56 days

5

$13.95

$9.76

$2.93 50% net

Aventine

$399 to $1689

90 days

2

$11.95

Varies

$2.02

Llumina

$799 to $999

84-112 days

10

$13.95

$8.77

$1.60 50% net

Dog Ear

$1099 to $3499

?

5

$13.95

$5.28

$6.67

BookLocker

$612

28-42 days

?

$13.95

$7.27

$2.09

This publisher comparison table does not record general features most POD companies tend to include in their packages. You will find these provisions to follow:

  • Non-exclusive contract
  • ISBN number
  • Five or more images
  • Electronic proofs
  • Distribution through Ingram and/or Baker & Taylor
  • “Perfect” book binding
  • Onsite web page advertising
  • Barcode
  • Formatting of book text
  • Original cover design (not necessarily custom-designed)
  • Laminated cover

 

 

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