Top 10 eBook self-publishing platforms


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CreateSpace
With CreateSpace you can easily access tools, quality printing, booksellers, eBook distribution, and marketing strategies so that you can generate more opportunities than you imagined – all while building your following of readers. Through our services, you can sell books for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, while maintaining more control over your materials. We make it simple to distribute your books through Internet retail outlets, your own website, and other bookstores, retailers, libraries, and academic institutions.
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Kindle Direct Publishing
Publish your books independently with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) on the Amazon Kindle Store. Make changes to your book at any time. Publish once and reach readers worldwide. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes. Your book appears on Amazon within 24 hours. Make your book available on Kindle devices and on free Kindle apps.
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Lulu
Lulu pioneered the self-publishing industry and paved the way for people around the world to publish books and bring them to market, while allowing authors to retain full control of their work. Operating a global network, Lulu provides worldwide distribution so that authors can reach readers just about anywhere via print, e-readers and tablet devices. As the leading independent self-publishing company, Lulu has enabled people in more than 225 countries and territories to self-publish nearly two million publications, including 1.5 million books.
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Nook Press
NOOK Press lets you write, edit, and format your manuscript in one place, ensuring a professional looking eBook every time. Collaborate easily with friends and editors, and get their feedback directly through NOOK Press. Get instant access to millions of readers and increased visibility through multiple merchandising opportunities. With no delivery fees or production costs, NOOK Press is free to use from start to finish.
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Kobo Writing Life
Do you have a story to tell? Are you an author with a bestseller just waiting to be discovered? Want to reach out to millions of readers in over 190 countries? Do you own the digital rights to your work? Then have we got the tool for you! Kobo Writing Life is the one-stop, do-it-yourself publishing portal.
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Smashwords
Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers. We provide free tools for marketing, distribution, metadata management and sales reporting. At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.
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Lightning Source
As a publisher, you are about to discover the fastest, most economical way to get your books into the hands of an eager buyer. The Lightning Source model is the most comprehensive and highly individualized approach for printing and delivering books in the publishing world today. Lightning Source offers international business solutions to publishers worldwide. The opportunity to easily access local markets around the world.
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Issuu
With over 15 million publications, Issuu is the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world. Millions of avid readers come here every day to read the free publications created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports and global affairs to mention a few. And that's not all. We've also got a prominent range of independent publishers utilizing the Issuu network to reach new fans every day.
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Inkling
Inkling is ebook publisher with a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground. Inkling redefines textbooks for iPad. Now, you can save money, do better, and study faster—all with a book you can’t wait to dive into.
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BookBaby
BookBaby makes self-publishing easy: from cover design, book printing, eBook conversions, distribution, website creation, and more. BookBaby offers you the largest eBook distribution network, including Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and many other popular retailers in over 170 countries around the globe. It’s now possible for you to reach a worldwide audience, keep 100% of your book’s net earnings, retain the rights to your work, and maintain total creative control. BookBaby provides everything you need to professionally publish and distribute your book, without ever having to sell-out to ‘big publishing.’


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Booktango
Booktango is the latest e-book publishing innovation from Author Solutions — the world leader in indie book publishing. We’ve already helped more than 140,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 170,000 new titles. Gone are the days when you have to struggle through confusing e-book publishing tools that force you to either give up all control or figure everything out by yourself. With Booktango, we give you access to DIY ingenuity, the right mix of time-saving professional services, and a network of the most popular online retailers, so you can finally publish an e-book that rocks.
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EBookIt
We work with authors and publishers to format and convert books into eBooks, and distribute to all the major ebook retailers including Amazon, Apple, B&N, Google, Sony, Ingram, and Kobo. We prepare your file for conversion, assign you an ISBN number, convert your file to many required eBook types, distribute your eBook.
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AuthorHouse
AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions brand, is the leading provider of self publishing and marketing services for authors around the globe. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service in publishing, AuthorHouse assigns each author a personal publishing consultant, who provides guidance throughout the process. AuthorHouse provides a broad array of tools and services to allow authors to make their own choices throughout the publishing process.
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FastPencil
FastPencil enables authors to independently create books online, collaborate, publish and distribute from one engaging, simple, cost-effective solution. Plus, you only pay when you publish and buy books! Write, design, publish & sell books and ebooks on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Kindle, Nook and more...
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Nu-book
Nu-book’s sophisticated core platform allows you to benefit from both legacy and the latest publishing technologies. What’s more, all of our platform’s components are developed in-house. Yes! Nu-book has developed our very own DRM system, ePub viewer, PDF renderer, administrative console and databases, offering you unparalleled flexibility regarding features and content deployment.
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BookLocker
Booklocker.com is an online bookstore that sells print and ebooks on all subjects - from everyday to unusual and eclectic - by new authors. While firms like Author Solutions (owner of AuthorHouse, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford and more) are squeezing authors out of thousands to tens of thousands of dollars (which we’re betting most authors will never recover in resulting book sales), BookLocker is going in the opposite direction – offering new publishing packages for any budget. By popular demand, we have launched a no-setup-fee D.I.Y. Publishing Program where authors can submit pre-formatted PDF files and pay no setup fees.
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Outskirts Press
Self publishing simplified. Keep 100% of your rights and 100% of your author royalties with the full-service book publishing services at Outskirts Press. Outskirts Press offers you the best of both worlds by combining the advantages of independent self-publishing with the advantages of traditional book publishing. Before, during, and after publication you will receive the assistance of a dedicated group of publishing professionals, all the while maintaining 100% of your publishing rights and 100% of your profits. With our Private Label Imprint and ISBN option, you can even own your own ISBN assigned directly by R.R. Bowker (for 20% less than they charge you).
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IUniverse
iUniverse publishing and author marketing services provider, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing company. Initially focused on business-to-consumer print-on-demand publishing, this publishing services provider has developed strategic partnerships that allow us to provide superior options and support for our authors. The iUniverse management team has extensive editorial and managerial experience with traditional publishers.
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Xlibris
Xlibris is a book publishing company created by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists, and on how print on demand technology and new approaches can be applied in the publishing industry, we provide authors publishing services to help them get published. Whether you are writing a book, promoting your work, or searching for online publishing services or a self publisher to publish your book, Xlibris' comprehensive range of publishing, editorial, add-on and marketing services enable you to customize your self-publishing experience. Our proficient team of publishing professionals are available every step of the way to guide you through the self-publishing process.
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Reedsy
Reedsy provides support through every stage of a book’s production. We’ll connect you with vetted, industry-experienced editors, cover designers and publicists, and help you find the best partners for your project. We’ll give you a purpose-built writing tool designed for collaborating closely with an editor on a manuscript. Then we’ll take care of converting and posting your book directly to the Kindle Store, the iBookstore and the Kobo Store with a single click.