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BookBaby vs. Outskirts Press

Which self-publisher should you trust to make your book?

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Trying to decide if BookBaby or Outskirts Press is the best company to publish your book? Let’s take a look at some comparisons so you can see the differences and make the best choice for your book.

Book publishing packages made just for you

You’ll find many self-publishing packages throughout Outskirts Press’ website. Some are based on your book printing color. Others are based on your book genre. BookBaby has three options—and they’re all based on you.

We’ll work with you to tailor a package fit to your publishing goals. You can customize everything: how many printed books you need, what type of cover design you want, and even add on book marketing services.

No matter where your publishing journey takes you, our team will help you reach your finish line with a package that transforms you into a professional author.

Professional editing service(s)

Outskirts Press only provides copy editing (including a non-refundable down payment of $285). But what if you just want a fresh pair of eyes to proofread your work? Or what if you need help restructuring your overall plot and characters?

Every book needs editing, but not all editing is the same. BookBaby has a range of expert editing services based on what your book needs. And instead of asking for a down payment, we ask you to put our editors to the test. We’ll edit your manuscript's first five pages for free.

Trim sizes fit for any story

It’s true—Outskirts Press offers a wide range of printed book trim sizes. But you can only access them if you purchase their Ultimate Publishing Bundle.

BookBaby makes it easy to create a book that matches your vision, without having to bundle up. You can see and use any of our trim sizes and printing options, even if you’re only printing a single book. And that goes for any book you’re making. Any size. Any shape. Any color.

Not sure which trim size is best for your book genre? Find your answer here.

Side-by-side comparison:

Service BookBaby Outskirts Press
Consultation down payment $0 $35
Book printing Yes Yes
Interior Book Formatting Yes Yes
Book Cover Design Yes Custom covers designed by experts Yes Limited to 20 template styles
eBook Conversion Yes For all eBook formats Yes For Kindle, NOOK, and iPad
Print On Demand Yes Global distribution across 50+ stores Yes Only through Ingram and Baker & Taylor
eBook distribution Yes To Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, Nook, and 60+ online stores. Yes Only to Amazon, Apple Books, and NOOK bookstores
Personalized sales page Yes No
Satisfaction Guarantee Yes 100% money back guarantee No

Personable self-publishing

Being an independent author is about taking the reigns in your story, not doing everything on your own. When you work with BookBaby, you partner with a team of experts dedicated to you at every stage of the process.

Whenever you need help finding an answer or would like expert suggestions, just reach out to our Publishing Specialists.

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Multiple trim sizes and options based on your book genre.

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Build your book from scratch with a range of trim sizes, cover styles and finishes, bindings, paper stock options, and print types.

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