List of self-publishing companies

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The following is a list of notable companies that provide assistance in self-publishing books, provide print on demand services as publishers or operate as vanity presses.

Self-publishing and vanity publishing are not necessarily the same business model.[1] A self-published author employs a printer (publishing) to operate a press, but retains ownership of copyrights, ISBN's, the finished books and their distribution.[2] A vanity press or subsidy publisher retains some of the rights,[3][self-published source] usually including ownership of the print run and control over distribution, while the author bears much or all of the financial risk.[4][self-published source]

Both models share a common characteristic of shifting risk and primary editorial control to the author; both encounter the same issues of lax editorial control. This differs from the conventional model (royalty publishing) in which a publisher pays an author an advance to create content, then assumes full control of the project and any commercial risk if a tome sells poorly. Also excluded is sponsored publishing, where a company pays an author to write a book on its behalf (for instance, a food manufacturer marketing a cookbook written by outsiders or a hobby materials supplier publishing a book of blueprints).[5]

This list includes only some publishers; it is not a complete list of all existing self publishers or vanity publishers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mark Levine. The Fine Print of Self-Publishing. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ April Hamilton. The Indie Author Guide: Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  3. ^ Irina Webster, William Webster. How to Become a Successful Author:: 34 Steps to Self-Publishing. Australian Self-publishing Group. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  4. ^ Dan Poynter, Danny O. Snow. 4.0: A 'Living Book' to Help You Compete With the Giants. Unlimited Publishing LLC, Dan Poynter, Danny O. Snow. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  5. ^ Marilyn M. Moore (2012-06-17). The Self-Published Cook: How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Own Cookbook. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  6. ^ a b c "Self-Published Titles Topped 764,000 in 2009 as Traditional Output Dipped". 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  7. ^ Sterlicchi, John (2008-02-20). "Self-publish boom challenging old order". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ "The 101 most useful websites". London: Telegraph. 2009-11-12. 
  9. ^ a b Rosen, Mike (2009-03-02). "MediaShift . 5 Great Services for Self-Publishing Your Book". PBS. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Greyden Press". Dayton, OH. 2014-10-06. 
  11. ^ Biswas, Venkata Sausmita (2012-02-12). "Publishing for dummies". The New Indian Express (Chennai). 
  12. ^ Torpey, Jodi (2007-07-15). "Outskirts Press brings unpublished writers into the mainstream".