Adventures in Self-Publishing: Selecting a Print on Demand Publisher (Part I)

Like just about every other step in self-publishing a book, researching and selecting a print on demand (POD) publisher can be a time-consuming and even bewildering experience. The problem arises not from a lack of choices, but just the opposite. Today, there are scores of publishers to choose from, with significant differences among them in business model, cost, speed, quality and reputation. The challenge is therefore to figure out which one is just right you.

The first step in that process is to understand the high-level differences between the alternatives available. At the highest level of categorization, there are currently three models from which to choose:


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