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Self-Publishing Platforms


Amazon KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing

Amazon KDP is the most popular self-publishing platform, with over 5 million books published. It specializes in all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and cookbooks. Authors need to upload their book files in the required format, create a cover, and set their pricing. Amazon offers a mobile app for Kindle readers. Royalties range from 35% to 70% depending on the price and territory.

CreateSpace (Now merged with Kindle Direct Publishing)

CreateSpace is a self-publishing platform owned by Amazon that allows authors to print their books on demand and sell them on Amazon. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. CreateSpace does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 60% to 80%.


Barnes & Noble Press

Barnes & Noble Press allows authors to sell their books on the Barnes & Noble website and Nook devices. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format, designing a cover, and setting the price. Barnes & Noble has a mobile app for Nook readers. Royalties range from 40% to 65%.


Apple Books

Apple Books is a self-publishing platform for authors to sell their books in the Apple Books store. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Apple Books has a mobile app for iOS devices. Royalties range from 70% to 85%.


Kobo Writing Life

Kobo Writing Life is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to sell their books on the Kobo store. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Kobo offers a mobile app for Kobo readers. Royalties range from 45% to 70%.


Wattpad

Wattpad is a self-publishing platform and social network for writers and readers. It specializes in fiction genres, including romance, science fiction, and young adult. The requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Wattpad has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties depend on the book’s success, and authors can earn money through the Wattpad Paid Stories program.


Smashwords

Smashwords is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Smashwords has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 60% to 85%.


Draft2Digital

Draft2Digital is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Apple Books, and Kobo. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Draft2Digital has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 60% to 70%.


Lulu

Lulu is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to sell their books on the Lulu website and other retailers. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Lulu has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 80% to 90%.


Blurb

Blurb is a self-publishing platform that specializes in photobooks and cookbooks. The requirements include designing the book using Blurb’s software and uploading the files. Blurb has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 20% to 80%.


IngramSpark

IngramSpark is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. IngramSpark has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 30% to 70%.


BookBaby

BookBaby is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. BookBaby has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 70% to 85%.

BookBaby Print on Demand

BookBaby Print on Demand is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to print their books on demand and sell them on various retailers. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. BookBaby Print on Demand does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 100% to 10%.


StreetLib

StreetLib is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Apple Books, and Kobo. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. StreetLib has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 40% to 90%.


Smash words

https://www.smashwords.com/

Smashwords was founded in 2008 to make it fast, free and easy for any writer, anywhere in the world, to self-publish an ebook. Today, Smashwords has grown to become the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks, representing more than 150,000 authors and independent publishers from around the world.


PublishDrive

PublishDrive is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. PublishDrive has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 45% to 70%.


Booktango

Booktango is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to sell their books on the Booktango website and various retailers. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Booktango does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 100% to 10%.


Pronoun

Pronoun is a self-publishing platform that distributes books to various retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Pronoun does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 70% to 80%.


BookRix

BookRix is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to sell their books on the BookRix website and other retailers. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. BookRix has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Royalties range from 70% to 85%.


PublishMe

PublishMe is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to sell their books on the PublishMe website and various retailers. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. PublishMe does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 70% to 90%.


Radish Fiction

https://radishfiction.com/

Radish Fiction is a serialized fiction app bringing “bingeable” stories to readers everywhere. Our wide variety of curated, premium, and original stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, with some stories adding new episodes up to 5 times a day – perfect for the smartphone reader.


Xlibris

Xlibris is a self-publishing platform that offers various publishing packages for authors. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements vary depending on the package. Xlibris does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 10% to 100%.


Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press is a self-publishing platform that offers various publishing packages for authors. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements vary depending on the package. Outskirts Press does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 70% to 100%.


AuthorHouse

AuthorHouse is a self-publishing platform that offers various publishing packages for authors. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements vary depending on the package. AuthorHouse does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 10% to 100%.


Nook Press

Nook Press is a self-publishing platform owned by Barnes & Noble that distributes books to the Nook store. It specializes in all genres, and the requirements include submitting the manuscript in the required format and designing a cover. Nook Press does not have a mobile app. Royalties range from 40% to 65%.


 





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