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Best sites for getting a book published

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Andr2410, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Andr2410

    Andr2410 Well-Known Member

    Hi, I just wondered whether anyone could recommend a reasonably good site to get a book published (mainly for my own personal use). There's obviously Blurb but I heard that's rather expensive for the quality provided. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It is a while since I had one done but I used Blurb and didn't think the price unreasonable. There must be dozens of companies now. Price depends on all sorts of things (size, finish, cover, paper, no of images ...)
  3. londonbackpackr

    londonbackpackr Well-Known Member

    I find Blurb's P&P to be on the steep size, I was looking to order a trade book/zine which was £4.50 but the P&P was £7.99
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If I remember correctly they courier from Germany which is probably why.
  5. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Bob Books seems to be the recommended one, but I took a look at the software and decided to stay with what I know at Blurb.
  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    For the past 10 years or more, I have been publishing my books on Lulu.com. Some are merely reprints of older books of mine that had gone "out of print" with their conventional publishers.

    Being fairly specialist, they sell in limited numbers but one has been the best seller on Amazon.co.uk in the Gundog Training genre for the past 9 or 10 years and they have all sold more via online booksellers than they ever sold when published by David & Charles, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury etc., so Lulu's marketing via Amazom, Ingrams, iBooks, etc does seem to work. It does not earn me megabucks (or anything like it) but does pay for my photography and holidays.
  7. Basil Parylo

    Basil Parylo Member

    I used a free android app recently called FreePrints Photobooks. Its a easy way to create photo books on my Android tablet. You can get one 20-page 7x5 standard softcover photo book every month for the price of the postage £5.99 and is no subscriptions or commitments. The link to the app can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.planetart.wrendauk&hl=en
  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That makes no commercial sense whatsoever.
  9. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I saw an advert for something like that on Facebook the other day. It was selling the idea that you didn't have to do any of the 'design' of the book yourself, but it just created books from your phone's camera roll. I assume you could edit to some extent because I use my phone camera to photograph things like my timetable, or travel schedules etc, or even maps so that I don't have to carry loads of bits of paper around with me - not really things I'd want in a book! It also seemed to be costing you not much more than postage and I wondered how anyone made any cash out of it?!

    I'm interested in testing out a few dummy ideas for books before I go ahead and make my own hand made one. I've never used blurb or bob's books or lulu etc. Are they fairly easy to use?
  10. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    I've just used Blurb and it worked. Their 'Bookwright' software works providing you give it a decent workout, but as has been mentioned by londonbackpacker, the cost of p&p is rather overpriced.
  11. sagamore

    sagamore Well-Known Member

  12. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    A book that I have read over and over quite a few years back, along with 'Training Spaniels' by Joe Irving. I have a cocker and a springer sitting next to who have also read them, but didn't take a lot of notice!:)
    They are retired now, but have been great workers. I'm glad to see your book is still in print.
  13. sagamore

    sagamore Well-Known Member

    Another way to go is the e-book. I use https://payhip.com/ It is free to join. I just upload my e-books into it, together with the synopsis, cover image and price, and then sit back. When someone purchases a download, it is fully automatic, and I am not involved in it at all. The first I know of a sale is when I receive three e-mails. The first tells me which e-book has been purchased, and the second one confirms that Payhip have taken their commission, that is a mere 5% of the selling price. The third one is from Paypal advising me that I have received a payment. I have been with them for a couple of years, and taken a very decent amount of money. I investigated Lulu publishing some time ago, but the quality of the images was nowhere near good enough to suit me! The Payhip income goes a long way towards paying for the production of my printed books. Yes - "Vanity publishing," I am afraid. But the last three books have each been reprinted numerous times, running into hundreds of copies, and are currently sold out! I did have one book publsihed conventionally in 2006, but the publishers edited most of it out, and it was a shadow of what it should have been. It did sell out quickly, but they didn't feel inclined to reprint, and the rights returned to me. I edited the missing bits back in, and produced it as I wanted it to be in the first place. It was a runaway success, selling at £14.99 each! I really can recommend Payhip and Book Printing UK if you want to produce your own!
  14. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Member

    I have used Photobooks (via teh web site not the app) to produce a photobook. The quality of the paper, printing and binding was superb. They do special offers - I have just been offered 100 page book, A4 for £25 plus 5 quid delivery. What's not to like? Well it's not square so I'm holding out for the same deal on square format. Their chat based support is excellent.
  15. sagamore

    sagamore Well-Known Member

    I have had a number of books printed using BooprintingUK as mentioned above. What you must bear in mind if you have a book printed, is that when the British Library finds out (and they will, even if you don't tell them), they will demand a copy of the book free of charge, and you are legally obliged to send them one, and pay for the postage as well. They will then tell their "hangers on" in the form of five other UK libraries who will then demand their freebies. Again, this is a legal requirement. The copy to the British library is quite cut and dried, they must have it! The other five are required to demand their copies within one year of publication, and if they ask after the year has passed, you don't have to send one. I just send the first to the British library and don't even tell the others, but the British Libraray invariably "blabs" to them, and they always come along wanting their freebies. The first book I paid to have prnted, I didn't know about this, so didn't tell the British Library. But it didn't take them long to find out! So - if you do self-publish, be prepared to lose six copies, and pay the postage as well!
  16. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Member

    I suspect it's published and not printed. I don't look to sell anything I create. Then again I'm always happy to learn something new.
  17. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    This is from the British Library's own site:

    It should be noted that the requirement to deposit an item does not depend on its having been allocated an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or Serial Number (ISSN), but on whether or not it can be considered to have been published. A work is said to have been published when copies of it are issued to the public. The place of publication or printing, the nature of the imprint and size of distribution are immaterial. It is the act of issuing or distributing to the public in the United Kingdom which renders a work liable for deposit.

  18. sagamore

    sagamore Well-Known Member

    As soon as a book is printed, it is considered to be published! If you plan on having just one printed, check with the British Library first, they may say it is OK, but then again, they may not, and I was very dismayed to get a demand for six books when I first started! It is quite possible that the firm who prints books is required to tell the British Library (But I am by no means sure on this).
  19. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Member

    I think that Geren's post clarifies it nicely. My own book was not issued to the public just supplied to me hence not published.

    You might even argue that if it's family and friends who can buy copies that's not the public. They don't want a copy of my holiday snaps :)
  20. sagamore

    sagamore Well-Known Member

    Geren's reply came in as I was typing mine. It may well be OK for one copy to be produced, but I would still check with them beforehand by letter, so as to get something in writing!

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