Gah! If you sell more than 30,000 books, I'll cook you a lobster dinner and mow your front lawn.Our Promise to you, if you sell more than 30,000 books, We will refund your total initial outlay.
My take on it is that they republish public domain books to be sold as fundraisers. Lots of folks (from individual micro-publishers to the biggest of the big publishers) republish public domain books. I rather like the idea, myself, and have one in progress (a now-quaint century-old tome on English usage).The part about reprinting "old, rare, and out of print" books is giving me a headache, so many flags are going up and so many bells are going off. That's such a grey, sticky area, I hope they know what they're doing.
IMHO if you have to request a quote to find out what the fees are, they're too high.
Based on your wordcount the estimated cost of the book will be £3.90 or about CAD$5.85
This is worked out at 350 words per page = 315 pages plus a few leader and end pages means it should come in around 320 pages.
The final pagecount will depend on the eventual layout - it could increase or decrease.
The base cost is worked out at £0.01 per page plus £0.70 for the cover.
Therefore 320 x £0.01 = £3.20 + £0.70 = £3.90
From this base cost we work out the Wholesale and retail prices. But leave this until we know what the final page count will be.
Yesterday I requested a quote for a 110,000-word manuscript, to be printed in trade paperback with no promotion and no editing. Received a reply today. The basic cost is $180, which covers an ISBN, printing and online listing. What surprised me was this part:
$5.85 for a trade paperback?
That's the cost for production, not what they'd be charging customers. If they doubled it, that's pretty much normal for a paperback in the UK.
Most of us are on fixed incomes or budgeting carefully. I like to look at the whole business model and make informed decisions.
It's the 'Hidden costs' which turn up after the contract is signed which concerns me. A lot of companies are open about their costs, often providing a neatly boxed module you can access and play around with.