Print on Demand Self Publishing Platforms

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    sherryherrod263
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    CreateSpace is going away. Amazon is cutting CS services and slowly tempting authors to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I’ve heard that, by the end of 2018, Amazon will close CS and rely solely on KDP for both ebook and paperback publishing. The major problem with that is the loss of distribution channels to authors because KDP distributes within only Amazon sites. Nothing goes to B & N or any other sales platform.

    Is there any competition for Amazon that offers the same basic services with no upfront costs, but includes distribution to multiple platforms/retail outlets? Regretfully, Smashwords offers only eBook publishing/distribution.

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    margery65w
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    MikePhillip wrote:
    > CreateSpace is going away. >
    > Is there any competition for Amazon that offers the same basic services
    > with no upfront costs, but includes distribution to multiple
    > platforms/retail outlets? Regretfully, Smashwords offers only eBook
    > publishing/distribution.

    AFAIK you will either DIY or pay some fees. There are some sites with reasonable charges.
    And many sites that will drain your account if you are not careful.
    Most have worthless services you don’t need. Some have worthless services you do need eg editing they do badly.
    Hire your own editor faster better cheaper easier and skip the vanity press help (and big fees) there too.

    Book baby has modest costs but distributes worldwide including amazon.
    Book locker is modest in cost but is selective and distributes via usual channels mostly (all?) in USA.

    I think both have POD and ebook options.
    Only amazon AFAIK had an audio book option as a possibility.

    Others tend to be ebook only.

    Here is one summary of POD self pub ‘services’ aka vanity presses.
    http://writersweekly.com/compare

    There are books on contracts for writers and at least one that covers the ones for the list above.
    Check out references at your libary such as:
    https://www.amazon.com/Negotiating-Book-Contract-Authors-Lawyers/dp/1559213833/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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