CURRENT TOP-RATED COMPANIES
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48HrBooks

48HrBooks, as the name implies, seeks to differentiate itself by offering a two-day turnaround on perfect-bound books. (Hardbound and coil-bound books are available with a five-day turnaround.) For an extra fee, you can also get a one-day or same-day turnaround. As such, they claim to be the “fastest book printer around.” Their minimum print run [...]

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Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, frequently referred to simply as “KDP,” is Amazon’s platform dedicated to publishing to their Kindle format. There is no cost to get started, and there is a complete online interface to start the process, maintain your published titles, and monitor your sales. The website is kdp.amazon.com. Please review and rate your experience [...]

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Arbor Books

Arbor Books bills itself as a full-service, turnkey book-packaging company offering self-publishing services. According to its website, the company has 25 full-time writers, designers, and publicists, as well as 85 vendors it subcontracts for publishing expertise and services. For more info, go to www.ArborBooks.com. Please scroll down to review and rate your experience with this company.

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AuthorHouse

AuthorHouse is one of a number of companies or imprints that fall under the parent operation Author Solutions, Inc.—the others being Wordclay, Xlibris, iUniverse, and Trafford Publishing. It was founded in 1997 as 1st Books and only published ebooks until 1999. The AuthorHouse website claims the company has published over 60,000 titles by more than [...]

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Balboa Press

Balboa Press is the self-publishing extension of Hay House, the largest trade publisher specializing in spiritual, inspirational, and self-help books. (It is run in partnership with Author Solutions, Inc.) Balboa Press’s genres extend beyond that, but stay within the realm of “self-help and transformational” themes, according to the company’s website. The site also states that [...]

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BookBaby

BookBaby is an extension of the successful indie music service CD Baby, which was founded in 1998 and has become “the world’s largest online distributor of independent music,” according to its website. BookBaby has primarily been offering ebook services (starting at $99) but now offers short-run digital book printing as well. They also offer support [...]

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BookEnder

BookEnder is a London-based publisher providing author services, including editorial and design. The company’s website states they publish in both paperback and ebook formats, with royalties equaling 75% of the net revenue from the book. For more information, go to www.BookEnder.com. Please scroll down to review and rate your experience with this company.

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BookLocker

BookLocker has been publishing and selling ebooks since 1999 and print-on-demand books since 2000. The company is small—owned and run by Angela and Richard Hoy, with support from two part-time employees and contracted service providers as needed. BookLocker has published works from more than 1,000 authors in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Although they only [...]

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BookMasters

The BookMasters Group is a full-service partnership of three companies that offer content, production, and distribution services for authors. Their history dates back to 1972 and their client list over the years has included many significant independent publishers. Most recently, they have begun offering Converso, their program for ebook conversion services. Go to www.BookMasters.com for [...]

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CreateSpace

CreateSpace started around 2002 as a DVD-on-demand company, called CustomFlix, and was acquired by Amazon in 2005. Amazon renamed the operation and expanded its base to include book publishing. Since then, CreateSpace has added audio-book publishing and other services to its offerings. Because it is owned by Amazon, the integration between the two companies is [...]

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Dog Ear Publishing

Dog Ear was founded in 2004 by three traditional publishing veterans with over 50 years of collective experience in book packaging, retail buying, graphic design, printing, and acquisitions. Their operation is notable for its openness regarding pricing and what’s included. (Some companies are, intentionally or not, more obscure in this way.) But most noteworthy is [...]

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E-BookTime

Despite the name, E-BookTime (founded in 2002) has offered print-on-demand publishing services for paperback and hardcover books since 2004 (in addition to continuing ebook services). They only publish authors in the United States and do not publish memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, or similar personal works. Although their website makes no mention of a Christian focus or [...]

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FeedARead

From the company’s website: “FeedARead is a leading independent publisher, established with Arts Council/Lottery Arts funding with two grants in 2008 and 2009 to offer great opportunities for all writers. Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. FeedARead publishes authors of all nationalities, enabling your book to be bought in [...]

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Friesen Press

Friesen Press is one of a number of longtime commercial printers who have begun offering services for self-publishers in recent years. Friesens Corporation, the parent company, has been in business since 1923 and prints 25 million books per year. The company website states that they have well-established relationships with many trade publishers. As such, Friesen [...]

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Infinity Publishing

Infinity Publishing was founded in 1997 and is based near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.). Their promotional information states that they have published over 6,000 titles by more than 4,800 authors. Their services support publishing in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio-book formats. Infinity Publishing’s website is www.InfinityPublishing.com. Please rate and comment on your experience with this company.

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InstantPublisher.com

InstantPublisher.com was started in 2000 by Fundcraft Publishing, a personalized cookbook publisher dating back to the 1930s, to offer self-publishing authors short-run printing services. Their minimum run is 25 books. Customer service and the publishing process is primarily handled through their online interface. For more info, go to www.InstantPublisher.com. Please scroll down to review and rate [...]

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iUniverse

iUniverse is one of a number of companies or imprints that fall under the parent operation Author Solutions, Inc.—the others being Wordclay, Xlibris, AuthorHouse, and Trafford Publishing. It was founded in 1999 and for several years was partially owned by Barnes & Noble before being acquired by Author Solutions. iUniverse is noted for having published [...]

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Kobo Writing Life

Kobo is a Canadian company that manufactures various eReaders and eReading apps. Their initial eReaders were sold exclusively through Borders prior to the book-seller’s demise. As a part of expanding their operations, Kobo is now offering Kobo Writing Life as its self-publishing arm, specifically for ebooks (not print books). Their website states there is no [...]

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Lightning Source

Lightning Source was founded in 1997 and is the largest printer of books in the world, having printed over 100 million books for nearly 25,000 publishers (including many on this website). They have printing facilities in various parts of the world, but are headquartered in Tennessee (USA). The company has printing capabilities for most standard [...]

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Llumina Press

As a small self-publishing service, Llumina promotes itself as more of a boutique press that develops a closer relationship with its authors, as a publisher “created by writers for writers.” They also tout their selectiveness, stating that they will not print any book “unless it meets high editorial standards.” The company was founded by Deborah [...]

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Lulu

Founded in 2002, Lulu claims to have over one million creators (authors of published products) from more than 200 countries and roughly 20,000 titles published per month. Lulu creators keep all rights to their products and earn 80% on sales (above the cost of manufacturing the product). Publishing starts at no cost, but Lulu offers [...]

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Mill City Press

Mill City Press was started in 2006 and has a title list numbering over 1,500. They pay “100% royalties”; i.e., 100% of net, meaning the author gets the full amount of the sales price after printing and distribution (e.g., Amazon) costs. Their website claims Mill City to be the first self-publishing company to provide this, [...]

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Morris Publishing

Morris Publishing is a family-owned and operated company that was founded as a commercial printer in 1933, with the current president being the grandson of the founder. Though Morris is more of a book printer than a self-publishing service provider, the company does offer design options as well as some promotional tools. Visit www.MorrisPublishing.com for [...]

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Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press was founded in 2002 and is based in Denver, Colorado (U.S.). The company publishes the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection each year, and in 2009 was named the fastest-growing self-publishing company by Inc. magazine. According to the company’s website, Outskirts Press has published over 8,000 titles. Please scroll down to review and rate your [...]

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SelfPublishing.com

SelfPublishing.com was launched in 2009 by publishing and print veteran Ron Pramschaufer. The site is a continuation of Pramschaufer’s RJ Communications (founded in 1994) and BooksJustBooks.com, an online book-printing price tool (started in 1996). SelfPublishing.com is not a publisher, but rather provides an extensive array of services and education to authors to help them become [...]

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Smashwords

Smashwords touts its service as having published 100,000+ titles from over 40,000 authors and publishers. It specializes in ebook publishing and offers nine formats, free ISBNs, free set-up, and distribution to most major channels. Authors/publishers/agents receive 60% of the list price on sales through major retailers and up to 85% of net sales through the [...]

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Trafford Publishing

Trafford Publishing is one of a number of companies or imprints that fall under the parent operation Author Solutions, Inc.—the others being iUniverse, Wordclay, AuthorHouse, and Xlibris. Founded in Canada in 1995, the company claims to be (and most likely is) the first to offer print-on-demand publishing services. The company’s official website is www.Trafford.com. Please scroll down [...]

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UBuildABook

UBuildABook appears to only be a print-on-demand company; however, because it promotes itself as a “great solution for self-publishing” we are including them. Their minimum print run is 10 books, and they offer a wide variety of standard and custom sizes and formats. They do NOT, however, offer any publishing services—authors are entirely responsible for [...]

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Wasteland Press

Wasteland Press offers its services through five levels of publishing plans for paperback, hardback, color, and ebook formats. Various author services (such as marketing and editing) are offered for additional fees. The company’s website states Wasteland has published over 2,000 titles, and they appear to have been in business for ten years. (The domain name [...]

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WestBow Press

WestBow Press helps authors self-publish in all genres, but specializes in books with “Christian morals, inspirational themes and family values.” WestBow is a division of Thomas Nelson, which is the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh-largest trade publisher in the United States, with a history dating back to the 18th century. [...]

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Wheatmark

Wheatmark was founded in 1999 and is based in Tucson, Arizona (U.S.). The company differentiates itself as an “invitation-only publisher,” according to its promotional information, and has a “rewards program” for authors whose books reach certain sales thresholds. The company’s website is www.Wheatmark.com. Please scroll down to review and rate your experience with this company.

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Wordclay

Wordclay is one of a number of companies or imprints that fall under the parent operation Author Solutions, Inc.—the others being iUniverse, Xlibris, AuthorHouse, and Trafford Publishing. Their website is www.Wordclay.com. Please scroll down to review and rate your experience with this company.

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Xlibris

Xlibris is one of a number of companies or imprints that fall under the parent operation Author Solutions, Inc.—the others being Wordclay, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, and Trafford Publishing. It was founded in 1997 and partially owned by Random House until 2009, when it was purchased by Author Solutions. The company’s website states they offer the “most [...]

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