Side­ by­ Side Comparisons of 31 Self­-Publishing Companies

The Sixth Edition of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing provides side-by-side comparisons of 31 self-publishing companies and five ebook-only publishers in the following areas:

  • Printing markups on books sold through online retailers
  • Author cost per book and volume discounts
  • Company policy regarding return of book production / source files
  • Royalty percentages on print and ebook sales
  • Royalty percentages paid by eBook-only publishers (5 companies)
  • Royalty percentages paid directly by Amazon, Apple, and Kobo

Self-Publishing Companies Reviewed in The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

Abbott Press KDP (Kindle Digital Publishing)
Arbor Books Lightning Source
Archway Publishing Llumina Press
AuthorHouse Lulu
Aventine Press Mill City Press
Balboa Press Outskirts Press
BookBaby* PublishAmerica/America Star Books
BookLocker Redemption Press
iUniverse Smashwords
CreateSpace Tate Publishing
Dog Ear Publishing Trafford Publishing
Dorrance Publishing Wasteland Press
FriesenPress WestBow Press
Infinity Publishing Xlibris
IngramSpark Xulon Press

Hyperlinked company names have a link to the full review from the 2011 Edition of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing. The other companies were not reviewed in the prior edition.

NOTE: These 2011 reviews are only provided for informational purposes. Virtually all of the companies have changed their publishing packages and pricing since then. While the contracts, royalty percentages paid, and printing markups in the 2011 edition may be similar to a company’s current royalties, printing prices, and contracts, you should buy the 2016 edition of The Fine Print or check the publisher’s website for more current information.