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Virtual Bookworm


WingSpan Press


Authors Online

Aventine Press

Bookstand Publishing

Equilibrium Books

Foremost Press

Infinity Publishing

Inkwater Press


Llumina Press

Outskirts Press

Universal Publishers
Winepress Publishing

Xulon Press
Manuscript screening: Yes
Kind of contract: Non-Exclusive
Distribution: Through their site and online retailers mostly
Basic fees: Paperback publishing Basic paperback fee is $517.00 ($317.00 if you are submitting your own cover).
Hardcover publishing Basic hardcover fee is $517.00 ($317.00 if you are submitting your own cover).
Combo publishing $399.00 add-on
Color publishing Basic color publishing fee is $317.00 plus cover and at least an additional $100 for the interior design, bringing the total to at least $617.00
eBook publishing $99.00 for a simple layout. Formats include epub and mobi (may also include pdf), and they may subcontract this service.
Royalties range from 55/65% of net receipts on external sales and 50/70% of retail price on direct sales depending on the book's price.
Royalties: Royalties are 35% of retail price on direct sales, 15% of retail price on extenal sales.
Author's discount: Discount is 35% of retail price, some bulk discounts may apply.
Break-even point: Between 200 and 300 copies of an average length book sold through external channels.
Basic retail price: Competitive ($14.95 for a 200-page book)
Layout: They will format your book for you.
Graphics: Included (numbers or restrictions unknown)
Cover options: They will provide you with one.
Trim size: Five trim sizes available.
Additional options: They now offer a DIY package that costs only $53.00 ($35.00 for a print proof, plus a yearly $18.00 set-up fee), and a full service Payment Plan in which your payments are deducted from future royalties (this last option forces you into an exclusive contract though and is available to U.S. residents only).
Pros*: *Good royalties.
*Good contract.
*Reasonable setup fee.
*DIY option.
*Payment plan (WARNING: this option shifts you to an exclusive contract).
*Manuscript selection.
Cons*: *There are some pretty stiff penalty fees if you have to make corrections.
*eBook publishing deal is not particularly favorable (with a couple of exceptions this is true of all POD publishers).
*Authors living outside of the United States, Canada or the UK need not apply.
Comments*: In their site they dedicate a considerable amount of time and energy to putting other publishers down in what I would probably describe as scaremongering. Beware that the information they present in that regard is, more often than not, either inaccurate or misleading.
The Bottom Line*:

While their set-up fee is more expensive than that of Virtual Bookworm and they restrict their services to the residents of a handful of countries, Booklocker gets the third place in this comparison because it provides a full service package for a reasonable fee, with good royalties and good distribution. This one too is a well established company that has been around for a while and has a fairly solid reputation.

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Last updated: 04-01-2013

* These represent my personal opinion based on what I've seen in the publisher's site.

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