Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The 2006 Online Book Publishing Review

First, thanks to all who have sent me well-wishes on my tour. It has been going fairly well, considering the weather in the northeast lately. Nothing like trying to sell a book when the weather stinks and everyone is still trying to pay off their holiday expenses.

But who am I to complain?

In case you haven't seen this article regarding online publishers (POD), it is worth checking out. It's hard to imagine, but this article profiles the big PODers (iUniverse, Authorhouse, Xlibris, etc.) as well as some I have never even heard of! How many are out there?

In some cases, their opinions/conclusions differ slightly from my personal opinions of these houses--at least the ones I know. But for the most part, they seem right on.

One thing to note is that the "entry level" packages are all starting to look similar in size/offerings and cost--a big change from a few years ago.

As for their rankings, iUniverse steals the top spot once again (with Authorhouse always one tick behind.) Virtualbookworm is on the rise and Xlibris is down to seven (though it's hard to imagine they are still being considered at this point: the only people to outprice PublishAmerica.)