View Full Version : Top 10 Reviews of POD Publishers..

05-18-2006, 10:58 PM
Dunno if this has been posted before, but a very good friend just emailed this over to me. She recommended it to me to help trying to find the right publsiher for me IF I go this route.


Hope ye all find this as useful as I have this morning.

05-18-2006, 11:26 PM
Here is the overall comparison page: http://online-book-publishing-review.toptenreviews.com/

But no Lulu?

Also not some of the other good deals like Aventine.

It may be their top 10 but their criterion don't make a lot of sense to me.

05-18-2006, 11:43 PM
These all start off with big money. 700$ for author house?

that money could be spent a whole lot better. These guys are still only using the internet to sell books. Just because it is available to retail outlets doesn't mean anything...all of the reasons why you can't get it into brick and mortar stores still apply, ie...discounts, returns and so forth.

You could get your own cover for less and sometimes free if the artist is interested in building their portfolio and wants to have credit in your book and so forth. It just takes a little digging. If you went with lulu.com you have no set up fee, its extremely easy to use and you only have to buy the copies you actually want. They can get you distribution for 150$ globally through Amazon.com, border, barnes and noble and just exactly the same deal that these vanity presses are using all through Lightning Source...or you can go through Lightning Source yourself...they're a printer for P.O.D. period and have Ingram for distribution and Bowker for listings in books in print, which is free by the way.

What are you really getting for your money with a vanity publisher?
They still won't promote you, they will sell you a load of books you don't need as the author and they all have outrageous setup fees...for the same thing LULU.com sets up for free!!!

Why waste your money? And you have to give up some rights to your book with these guys a lot of times...something you don't do with lulu or going solo with Lightning Source, and you'll get back more per book sold, by not going with a vanity press.

Its been said before on this board, but needs repeating, that vanity presses make their money by selling books to the AUTHORS, along with all of that money for setup.

Eric did you get my reply?


05-19-2006, 04:29 AM
Hi James,

Yes I did. I actually sent a PM back to you for the second regarding your idea. However...I will send it again. :)

Know of any other sites like the one I listed above Vein?


05-19-2006, 04:43 AM
There are a few dubious calls in this comparsion but overall it's pretty good: http://booksandtales.com/pod/index.php

05-19-2006, 06:35 AM
i'm not recieving your PM'S for some reason?

try my regular email: [email protected]
I had sent one to you by your website email contact also?


05-19-2006, 08:33 AM
Hope you don't mind me jumping in. I started with 1stbookslibrary and w/o my consent, I was shuffled over to Authorhouse when 1stbooks sold. I probably won't be going with Authorhouse if I POD publish again. I'll be going with iUniverse.