BookBaby has long offered authors the option of limited print on demand runs, and this week they went one better.
In pursuit of being a more complete publishing services company, BookBaby just launched a new combined POD+ebook distribution option which will get an author's book into many of the major ebookstores as well as into print distribution channels around the world.
Here in the US, BookBaby boasts that they can offer POD services to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s, as well as the complete Ingram and Baker & Taylor networks. (I have yet to find a list of non-US channels.)
The service starts at around$480. That price includes a single print copy shipped to the author and print/ebook distribution, but not certain other options (cover design, ISBN, etc). That's not a bad price, given that BookBaby's ebook-only option starts at $299 (on sale for $199 until 15 February). So the combined service doesn't cost that much more.
So far the costs are pretty good, but when it comes to royalties from the POD distribution it would appear that BookBaby is not quite competitive at all price points. The ALLi blog compared royalties between BookBaby and the leading POD services (Ingram/LSI, Amazon/Createspace) and found that the latter two paid more.
Just so we're on the same page, IngramSpark is the part of Ingram's POD service which is focused on publishers with fewer than 20 titles as well as indie authors. I usually just refer to them as their larger sibling, LIS (Lightening Source).
Not being an authors with a book to feed through the system, I can't vouch for how well it works, but at first glance the prices aren't too bad.
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