Tag: Print On Demand
We work closely with Amazon to distribute your books to its massive audience. But Amazon offers its own Print on Demand service and we frequently get asked which company — BookBaby or CreateSpace — is the best for independent authors. I don't want to get too dramatic, but choosing your Print on Demand book distribution service is a little bit like… well, picking your future husband or wife. It’s a huge decision – the ultimate long-term relationship for self published authors. For better or worse, through strong book sales or writer’s block.
WARNING – This blog post contains math. I promise you it won’t include algebra or those blasted hard story problems from all our middle school nightmares. Let’s start with three numbers. 66. That’s the percentage of readers who prefer print books to digital eBooks. 635 million. That’s how many print books sold in the U.S. in 2014, an increase of over 3% from 2013 sales. 100. As in the number of print books that BookBaby publishing specialists recommend for first time authors. Why 100? You’re going to need them – and probably more.
As the self-publishing industry emerged, every author was tasked with a new – and very important – decision: Should I continue to pursue the traditional publishing route – with the support of agents, publishers, editors, cover designers to push books into brick & mortar bookstores? – OR – Should I try my hand at self publishing – either DIY or with the help of companies like BookBaby where I can retain more control and much more of the earnings? Here’s the big change: Just a few short years later, this really isn’t a question anymore. Every author – new, experienced and everyone in between – can remove the “OR” and replace it with “AND.”
You can now gain unprecedented worldwide book distribution for both eBooks and printed books in 100+ stores and catalogs.We are thrilled to announce a game-changing on-demand book printing and distribution service that gives authors and publishers the chance to sell their printed books in dozens of stores and catalogs, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s, as well as the complete Ingram and Baker & Taylor networks. Combined with our popular eBook distribution services, self-published authors can now place their books in over 100+ online stores and catalogs around the globe. Print On Demand (POD) allows you to sell printed books worldwide without paying for large print runs, inventory and warehousing issues, or handling your own order fulfillment. Books are printed and shipped to customers as needed — and because BookBaby’s POD service comes paired with global distribution, sales can come from almost anywhere in the world.
“Thank you for calling BookBaby, my name is _____ . How can I help you?” So starts hundreds of calls to our Philadelphia and Portland call centers every week. Most of these chats turn into great conversations for both the author and our publishing team. But not every call has a happy outcome. More than few calls, unfortunately, come to an early halt. This is how those abbreviated calls used to go. Author: “Do you offer printed book distribution?” BookBaby Customer Service: “Ah, well at this time we don’t offer printed book distribution...” Author: ______ (sound of phone hanging up). These kinds of exchanges happened dozens of times every day. A large-and-growing-hungrier number of authors want distribution for their printed books, just like they enjoy with their eBooks being distributed through BookBaby. And that’s something BookBaby didn’t offer. Until now.
If you’re a journalist or an author who enjoys writing nonfiction stories, the eBook single represents a new revenue stream for you. In some cases, authors can net more than $100,000* for a 60-page effort.