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BookBaby vs. Reedsy

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How do you choose which self-publishing company is right for you?

It’s a tough question when you’re self-publishing for the first time. There are many options out there and it can be hard to know which companies are the best self-publishing companies.

As a self-published author, there are several key factors to keep in mind. You want the process to be convenient and stress-free, and you want to ultimately generate a profit so that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste. With BookBaby, you get full-service professional publishing. We offer comprehensive services from start to finish, ensuring that you’ll be set up for success in your self-publishing journey.

BookBaby offers everything an author needs to successfully self-publish, including high-quality book printing, the widest distribution network in the industry, eBook conversion, cover design, book formatting, audiobooks, and more.

Why should I publish with Bookbaby instead of Reedsy?

Let’s start with the obvious: Reedsy isn’t a publisher, but we are. In fact, Reedsy is simply a collection of links and information from other publishers. Essentially, Reedsy provides information about learning to do the numerous different things that BookBaby does for you, but when it comes to actually creating your book, Reedsy won’t be able to help you like BookBaby. They don’t publish, they don’t edit, they don’t design, they don’t print, they don’t make digital books, they don’t distribute books, they don’t facilitate royalty reporting, they don’t do marketing, and and they certainly don’t answer the phone.

Reedsy will link you elsewhere for publishing, editing, design, and book marketing services. In contrast, BookBaby has everything you need, all under one roof. And any time you run into any problems, our publishing specialists will help you out. We guarantee it!

BookBaby offers people-powered publishing. This means that our authors get to speak directly to the people who make the process happen. Our publishing specialists are available via phone five days a week. Conversely, Reedsy’s support staff can only be reached via email or chatbot. BookBaby thrives on establishing a human connection with our authors.

Authors earn more through BookBaby. Lots more!

We have negotiated the best eBook royalty rates for authors selling through websites like Amazon, where the bulk of self-published author income comes from. Reedsy doesn’t actually have the tools to help you make money through self-publishing. They don’t sell books.

With the BookBaby Bookshop, you can take control of how your book is sold and earn higher royalties with a personalized online shop. Our sellers can set their own prices and track their sales data through our analytics tools.

Are you SURE you changed that typo?

An integral step in self-publishing is ensuring that your manuscript is error-free. When it comes to editing, book design, and file preparation, Reedsy will direct you to external tools and resources, but none of the experts are there. In contrast, BookBaby’s design and pre-press teams are all in house.

When you look at BookBaby in comparison to Reedsy, all of our book designers are experienced in prepress, offering more nuanced expertise in the book design process. They get it right the first time, personally inspecting each and every one of your files to make sure they meet the technical requirements for quality, error-free book printing.

Expand your readership with audiobook conversion

Reedsy doesn’t offer any tools for audiobook conversion. Meanwhile, BookBaby makes it easy to turn your printed book or eBook into an audiobook.

With BookBaby, self-published authors can create audiobooks without spending $10,000+ and months of production time. Offering over 60 different voices in 75 different languages, BookBaby’s exclusive audiobook process is fast and easy. Best of all, BookBaby helps you sell your book on your Bookshop page and pays out the highest royalties in the marketplace.

Get your book noticed by a global audience

One of the most important steps towards succeeding at an author is ensuring that your book generates buzz. Digital advertising will do just that.

Reedsy won’t advertise your book. They’ll direct you to marketers, but none of the advertising is done by Reedsy. BookBaby’s display ads, social media ads, and LinkedIn ads will target specific readers who may be interested in your book’s genre and subject matter. Your book will be seen on many popular websites like Reddit and Publisher’s Weekly. The more it gets seen, the more you’ll generate revenue.

Now that you've seen how we stack up, it's time to start your self-publishing journey with us.

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