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Printed Books. Premium printing for hardcover and softcover books.

Printed Books

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hardcover and softcover books.

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eBooks. Hands-on file conversion and distribution done by experts.


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done by experts.

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Printed Books, eBooks & Print On Demand. Everything needed for a professional book launch.

Printed Books & eBooks

Everything needed for a professional book launch, including Print On Demand.

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Here is how we compare

Ingram Spark*
Service BookBaby Ingram Spark* Blurb*
Book printing
Book printing Yes Yes Yes
Printed book formatting
Printed book formatting YesIncluding Amazon, B&N, Powell's, and 50+ more stores, domestically and globally. No No
Printed book cover design
Printed book cover design Yes No No
eBook cover design
eBook cover design Yes No No
eBook conversion
eBook conversion Yes No No
eBook distribution
eBook distribution YesIncluding format proofs No No
Audiobook conversion
Audiobook conversion Yes No No
Personalized eCommerce selling page
Personalized eCommerce selling page YesIncluding Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, and 50+ other stores around the world. No Yes
Royalties YesUp to 85% for eBooks sold on Bookshop. Up to 50% for printed books sold on Bookshop. 75% for audiobooks. Yes Yes
Print On Demand distribution
Print On Demand distribution Yes YesDoes not include Amazon Yes
No-cost returns
No-cost returns Yes No No
G7 Certified Printing
G7 Certified Printing Yes No No
Free US-based phone support
Free US-based phone support Yes No No
Print On Demand distribution
Hardcover available for all trim sizes Yes No YesOnly in Blurb Bookstore
Gloss paper stock available
Gloss paper stock available Yes No YesOnly in Blurb Bookstore

*Competitor information current as of June 2024

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Frequently asked questions:

Should I choose color or black-and-white printing?

The type of printing you choose is greatly dependent on your book genre. Think about the type of book you're trying to create, then assess your wants and needs.

For self-published children's books and art books, images are a crucial part of the storytelling process, so it's best to invest in color printing. If you're publishing a paperback book like a novel or memoir, black-and-white printing will do just fine (plus, you can always get a colorful book cover design to entice your readers).

How do I select a trim size and paper stock?

The most common trim sizes for fiction and nonfiction are known as "trade" and "digest." The most common trim sizes for children's books are known as "letter," "square," and "landscape." It's up to you to decide on which size works best for your project and genre. Our recommended book trim sizes and binding options can be found here.

When it comes to paper stock, you have two options: uncoated or coated. Uncoated paper has a natural feel and is great for traditional books without imagery. In contrast, coated paper is best suited for photography, art, comic, and children's books.

Do you print hardcover books?

BookBaby offers a wide range of trim sizes for printing hardcover books. By offering your self-published book in hardcover format, you'll give it a sleek, sturdy appearance and help it stand out on the shelf. Plus, hardcover books offer increased durability thanks to the book binding process, making them a valuable investment for libraries, schools, or home bookshelves.

I need editing, too. How can I add editing to my order?

Three different book editing services are available through BookBaby: proofreading, copy editing, and line editing. Our Premium Publishing Package includes line editing along with everything else you'll need to successfully publish your book. If you'd rather not go with a package, our editing services are available a la carte. Start by creating an editing quote here.

What is Print On Demand?

Print On Demand (POD) makes it convenient and affordable for self-published authors to print and sell their books to readers worldwide. With on-demand printing, authors can reach readers without having to buy and store hundreds of books on their own.

By investing in distribution through Print On Demand, your books will be sold through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and thousands of other places around the world.

How long should my book be?

Word counts and page lengths vary greatly by your book style, book genre, and the overall goals of your project. For example, a novel is usually in the 80,000 to 100,000 word range, but many other book projects (such as children's books) will be significantly shorter. Our recommended word counts for different page lengths and trim sizes can be found here.