Online Book Publishing
By tigerhere on Sep 29, 2006
Earlier this year, I wanted to print a book of my son's writings. I wanted to do this quickly, easily and inexpensively. Since I had published a book with Prentice Hall and Sun Press, I believed I could do it myself. What I found out was, anyone that can use a word processer, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, can publish a book.
The process was this: Branden wrote the basic content, then I helped with him with editing, and organizing the content into chapters. Next I added a title page, back page, copyright page, and Index. For the printing of the physical book, I used CafePress.com.
I setup Tiger Farm, a CafePress.com store http://www.cafepress.com/tigerfarm, and added in Branden's book into the store. Then I printed copies for Branden, friends, and family. I used CafePress.com because they have a user friendly web site to aid publishers like me, and because they have no upfront setup fee. The total cost to print 10 of Branden's book, and have the books delivered to my home for was about $120.
There are many sites on the Internet to do publishing on demand, but the ones I looked at have a setup fee starting at $99 USD. For example, Booksurge with Amazon.com. Yes, they also have more features and options, however I want something of reason quality, quick and easy...a simple inexpensive process.
CafePress.com has an interesting business model:
1. They have a number of products that people can have customized. People customize the products by have their writing, and pictures printed onto them. For example, print logos or clever saying unto the CafePress.com coffee cups or tshirts.
2. People setup their own stores, add the products into the store, such as coffee cups with clever sayings or as I have done, adding books.
3. Then anyone can buy the customized products from CafePress.com, with a portion of the sale going to the store owner.
I write, I edit and publish under the name Tiger Farm.