Most self-publishing websites are not like SPB.
Search self publishing websites and most of the time you find print-on-demand sites. They often have “packages.” They might also print a few books at a time. Some offer short run printing. The packages include things like editing and proofing, marketing, and more. Most often they are going directly to just one or two companies that offer POD. You might see a list of self-publishing websites, but most are going to self-publish with one of just a few vendors.
What makes us different from self-publishing websites?
Primarily, it is quality. Our books are simply the best. Self-publishing websites typically output books using a digital output device. What you are left with is toner on paper. We print books on press, with real ink! (Imagine that!) In does not smear like toner does. Photographers often use our services. In fact, we usually do re-prints for our self publishers. We also do their new titles, so we have lots of repeat clients. That means lots of references and testimonials. We don’t sell you what you don’t need. By the time you add a package and all the extras, you may be spending more than what it costs to print a high-quality book on press. Star Print Brokers offers advice as uses other successful authors as examples of how you too can succeed. We print and bind high-quality books.
Customization of your printed book and book binding.
Self publishing websites have limitations such as book dimensions, orientation, paper weight and finishes, cloth choices, endpapers, and more. We offer many more choices than self-publishing service providers. You will never see block lettering on the spine of one of our books! In fact, there are too many choices to summarize here. Call us or request a no-obligation consultation for your book. Yes, we do print format books. Yes, we print board books. Yes, we print Wire-O books including concealed and semi-concealed bindings.
Self-publishing websites versus Star Print Brokers and cost per copy.
We win! We always do, if the book specifications are the same, and delivery is included. Authors win too, because they make more profit with a lower unit cost. Because we print on press, we have a lower cost per book than POD suppliers. There is a catch though. Because we print on press, and ship from overseas, we have a minimum of 1,000 hardcover books or 2,000 soft cover books.
Would you rather have Star Print Brokers print 1,000 high-quality books at a lower unit cost, or 500 ‘iffy’ books at a higher unit cost? Authors can set a greater retail price on a better book that is printed on press.
The exception to the rule.
There is an exception and a reason to use self-publishing websites other than Star Print Brokers. If you don’t mind the quality of printing or binding, take the risk! Seriously, a black ink, soft cover book without any important images, might be a good fit. But, once you go to a hardcover binding, increase the quantity, or need pleasing or exact match color, give us a call! Let’s talk about the quality and cost for books printed on press in Asia (never China). We also have books design services using InDesign.
If you use an on-demand service, do you actually get your book into brick-and-mortar bookstores, or just have access to those bookstores? If you have your own ISBN and barcode, you already have access to brick-and-mortar bookstores. You are in the database.