If you are self-publishing, you will have certainly considered using the likes of KDP, IngramSpark or Lulu to print and distribute your book, but have you also considered Draft2Digital as an option for your book?
D2D are a print on demand company that have been in operation since 2012 and are based out of Oklahoma City, and like many of the other operators they distribute to the major channels you’d expect from a publishing service, channels such as:
Amazon, Apple Books, Barens & Noble, Kobo, Tolino, OverDrive,
Bibliotheca, Scribe, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, Vivlio and BorrowBox.
The fees for Draft2Digital are taken as a percentage of around 10% from each book you sell with stores taking around 30% so you keep around 60% for each eBook, for printed books they state that each book makes around 45% of the list price minus the base printing cost, but there are no upfront charges for their services, and they only get paid if you sell a book.
They offer free templates to help you format your book ready for print and eBook, here they state that even if you don’t publish your book with them, you can keep the interior files for your manuscript.
A great feature about their operation is their customer service, as many authors know, getting in touch with some of the bigger POD services can be really tough, D2D offer US based customer support phone lines making it easier to talk to a human with any issues.
Like KDP they offer a free ISBN for your book, but this will show D2D as the vendor with the ISBN recording agency, and it also restricts the use of this specific ISBN to just D2D (so you would not be able to publish your book via KDP using their ISBN), however, you can of course use your own ISBN if you choose to purchase them separately and use without this restriction.
So, what print sizes do they currently offer? Well, they are a little restrictive in that regard and currently only print in perfect bound paperback books, however, the sizes they print books at are for the most common trim sizes: 5x8’, 5.25x8.5’, 5.5x8.5”, 6x9”, 7.5x9.25” and 8.5x11” which will cover most author’s needs.
They also offer a service called Books2Read, this is a website aimed at helping readers find their next great read, it keeps them up to date with what their favorite author is doing, discover new books and where to purchase the book. This along with a universal book link which takes anyone who clicks it to a Books2Read landing page showing you exactly where you can buy copies of that specific book.
So, although Draft2Digital may not be the biggest print on demand publishing service on the block they do offer some great options for authors, they very much pride themselves in being an indie company which looks after their authors and delivers on customer service. Their choice of print sizes and formats is smaller than others, but without any upfront fees, they are certainly worth consideration.
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