Naturally, the first thing we think about with book publishing is print books. Our first experiences with books were with print books we could hold in our hands and flip the pages.
Now that eBooks have been around for a while, they have increased in popularity, however print books are still the preferred choice for most readers.
If you’re planning to publish a book, you have a few options, and depending on the type of book you’ve written, it might make more sense to do things one way over another.
My goal is to cut through all of the options and present the ones that will be most helpful — and profitable — for you in achieving your goals.
For basic softcover paperbacks, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a popular choice.
Their print-on-demand service means you don’t have to pay a dime to have your books printed until you sell a copy. When someone orders your book from Amazon, KDP calculates your 60% royalty after they cover printing and shipping costs. (The rates are different through KDP Expanded Distribution network, which is every other bookseller besides Amazon.)
You’ll want to decide on a fair price for which you can sell your book and still make a decent profit. To help you make this decision, KDP has a calculator that will give you a minimum price for which you can sell your book based on the page count and ink type (color or black and white).
Another popular option for print is IngramSpark.