A list of Print-on-demand publishers, self-publishing/”Vanity presses” and other non-traditional publishers for librarians and authors

A list of Print-on-demand publishers, self-publishing/”Vanity presses” and other non-traditional publishers for librarians and authors.

By Lara Seven Phillips, Pacific Collection Librarian, University of the South Pacific*, Suva, Fiji.

This massive list of non-traditional book publishers has three main audiences:
1) authors (whether scholarly/tenure track academics or novelists) who don’t want to publish with a disreputable publisher who will not edit or market their work
2) librarians who don’t want to accidentally buy public domain reprints masquerading as new titles/editions or bogus “reference” works compiled from Wikipedia or free statistical sources
3) Bookbuyers who want to know if the appealing title they see listed on Amazon was traditionally published and edited, or was made available via “print on demand” (POD) services.

We’ll start with publishers that target authors. Traditionally, poets, fiction writers and other recreational writers are the usual targets of “Vanity Presses”, aka “Subsidy publishers”, but there’s also publishers targeting scholars looking to pad the CV for when the tenure committee meets. Authors solicited by these companies should be aware of what support and services the publisher is likely to provide versus a traditional publisher. A good discussion about the difference between self publishing and vanity press publication is here.

Traditional Vanity Presses – high-up front fees, do not necessarily use Print On Demand (POD) technology, usually target fiction writers/novelists. Source for many of these is this post (and its comments). Most of these publishers have websites that show the fees they charge for authors they publish. Libraries and bookstores generally do not carry books from vanity presses.

• America Star Books (formerly PublishAmerica)
• American Book Publishing (Salt Lake City, UT)
• Archebooks Publishing
• Dorrance
• Famous Poets Society
• Harbor House
• Helm Publishing
• Hilliard and Harris (Boonsboro, MD)
• International Library of Poetry – aka International Society of Poets and International Poetry Hall of Fame
• Janus Press (UK)
• Mill City Press
• Oak Tree Press (Taylorville, IL)
• Outskirts
• Pagefree
• Park East Press (Dallas TX) (formerly Durban House, formerly Oakley Press)
• PublishAmerica (changed name to America Star Books in January 2014)
• Royal Fireworks Press/Silk Label Books (Unionville, NY)
• SBPRA/Strategic Book Publishing/Eloquent Books (Boca Raton, FL–formerly known as The Literary Agency Group and AEG Publishing Group)
• SterlingHouse Publisher Pittsburgh, PA–imprints include, among others, Pemberton Mysteries, 8th Crow Books, Cambrian House Books, Blue Imp Books, Caroline House Books, Dove House Books, and PAJA Books)
• Tate Publishing (Mustang, OK) (according to Wikipedia,there are at least three companies called Tate Publishing; the others include a reputable art publisher and a defunct software book publisher)
• Trafford (British Columbia, Canada)
• Vantage Press (NY) (founded 1949, ceased operations in 2013)
• Whitmore Publishing Company (Pittsburgh, PA)
• Xulon Press- primarily for Christian titles.

Two special cases: the academic publishers LapLambert/VDM and Nova Science

These are NOT vanity publishers in the traditional sense because they don’t charge authors for their services, but neither do they offer the level of editorial oversight that a reputable University Press would. They are problematic for both authors and librarians.

Academics are most likely to encounter the German publisher VDM via an email solicitation to “publish” their Master’s or PhD thesis from Lambert Academic Press or LAPLambert, but they also publish scores of non-peer-reviewed academic writing, including undergraduate papers. Many universities are wise to this publisher and explicitly state that publishing with LAP will not count toward your publication record.

LAP is an arm of VDM, a company doing business under dozens of other names, including many that compile wikipedia articles into instant Print-on-demand books.

Jeffrey Beall has already written about this publisher here, but if that’s not enough to convince you, please see this post, or this one, or this one.

A similar publisher, also based in Germany, that will publish any academic writing submitted, is Grin Verlag. My library ordered one of their “monographs” at the request of a lecturer — it turned out to be a 13 page undergraduate seminar paper riddled with formatting errors; likely the author submitted a Word document instead of a PDF, causing bizarre line breaks and font mismatches. We paid US$20 for this thing and it’s almost unreadable.

The Lambert “books” are equally expensive for what they are, as well as being visually unappealing. Libraries that haven’t already updated their collection development policies to exclude Lambert and Grin Verlag monographs, even those written by faculty, need to do so immediately.

Nova Publishers (aka Nova Science)

This publisher is in no way affiliated with long-running American public TV series “Nova” , and both their journals and books reprint material available elsewhere or use deceptive titling in “reference” books.

This article by David Bade  explores Nova’s reprinting scholarly public domain material, especially book chapters, as journal articles and also mentions “of the 63 journals published by Nova, 38 have no editors or editorial board listed “ on the Nova website. According to a comment by librarian David Goodman on the above article, “apparently not a single one of their titles in any subject is included in Journal Citation Reports, either the science or the social sciences edition”.

Their books also recycle material available elsewhere; Nova reuses book chapters across multiple titles without making it clear that a title contains previously published material.

For example, of the 9 chapters in Development Economics Research Trends (2008, cost: US$225), 4 of them can be found in other books, also published by Nova:

• Chapter 6 “Growth and Development in the Pacific Islands: An Overview of Issues” also appears in “Governance and Development in Developing Countries” (2007, US$175.50) and 2007’s Development Problems and Prospects in Pacific Islands States (US$175.50)

• Chapter 7 – “The Differential Impact of the Economic Crisis on Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea” previously appeared in 2002’s Crisis and Conflict in Asia Local, Regional and International Responses , 2007’s Economics and Geopolitics of Indonesia and 2009’s Thailand: Economic, Political and Social Issues

• Chapter 8 “Equity Markets and Economic Development: What Do We Know“ also appears in Economics of Emerging Markets (2008, US$202.50)

• Chapter 9 – Governance and Development in Developing Countries: An Overview of Issues; also appears in 2007’s Governance and Development in Developing Countries

Note that chapter 7 has now been re-published in FOUR different monographs over a seven year period. I have found many other instances of this practice at Nova, but I think one example will suffice, as reputable publishers should not do this. The fact that these books are priced around US$200 adds insult to injury.

Then there’s Nova’s “reference” titles.

Nova has many titles like Encyclopedia of Computer Sciences (2 volumes, 2012, US$325) that are deceptively packaged to look like subject encyclopedias. These are actually compilations of what the description calls “current research in the field,” but they look suspiciously like journal articles to me.

Libraries expect something titled “Encyclopedia” to have encyclopedic entries like “Algorithms” or “Object-oriented Programming”, not sections called “A Strategy for Analyzing Digital Epistemic Games“ or “Efficient Watermark Retrieval through Hopfield Neural Network“. The contents are clearly marked at the publisher’s web site, but someone scanning Amazon for a recent reference title will probably look at the price and think they’re getting something like a Gale or Facts on File title. At least 30 libraries are listed in WorldCat as holding this title, so clearly the strategy is working.

A library I worked for held at least 2 Nova “Encyclopedias,” a “Handbook” and a bibliography (which was not even an annotated bibliography – it was merely a compilation of catalog records pulled from online library catalogs), and all were useless as reference books. I would strongly urge libraries not to buy reference titles from this publisher unless you are certain what you are getting under the guise of a “handbook.”

So Nova titles are problematic for libraries- but are they good enough to publish with, as far as adding some chapters (or books) to your CV? Will they publish “anything” like LAP Lambert, or is there some degree of peer-review or editorial oversight involved with the titles they publish?

I do not have definitive evidence either way, but this invitation/ book proposal form that a person solicited by Nova was kind enough to share should tell you what you need to know, specifically this section:

Peer review to be arranged by author…………….
Review at Nova………………

While I have no idea if Nova will actually send your book chapter to a reviewer if you check this option, no reputable publisher allows an academic author to arrange their own peer-review (“Hey, my mom thought it was great!”). In further evidence that Nova has flexible standards as to what they accept, there’s some titles in their catalog that aren’t by scholars at all, like “The Ultimate Dilemma: Creationism vs. Science” and “Sorority of Survival: Memoirs of a Multiple.” Does that sound like the backlist of an academic publisher you’d be proud to be associated with?

Wikipedia/packagers of freely available web content/ “data dump” publishers:

The scourge of print-on-demand technology. Most of these companies sell their ”books” via amazon, Barnes and Noble or ABEbooks ; despite resoundingly negative feedback from buyers duped by these titles, online booksellers don’t seem motivated to remove these insta-book titles from your search results.

Some of these publishers admit in the book description that their books are Wikipedia articles, some do not; caveat emptor. Here’s the major players:

• AlphaScript (VDM) – reprints Wikipedia articles
• Betascript (VDM) – reprints Wikipedia articles
• Books LLC (aka Books Group) – reprints Wikipedia articles
• Doyen Verlag (VDM) – reprints Wikipedia articles
• Emereo Publishing- repackager of online content and wikipedia entries. Seems to specialize in study uides for professional certifications and celebrity biography. Often have “what you need to know” or “20 most asked questions about” in the title. Over 3000 titles by this publisher are listed via amazon.
• Fastbook Publishing (VDM) – reprints Wikipedia articles
• Hephaestus Books – reprints Wikipedia articles, often on popular fiction writers. Titles often appear to seem as though you’re getting an anthology of a writer’s works (“Plays by Caryl Churchill, Including: Thyestes, Top Girls, a Number, Cloud Nine …“) rather than Wikipedia articles about those works, but the page count is a tip-off.
• ICON Group International- Creates “data dump” books from wikipedia and other internet sources on a keyword like “boot” or “Solomon”. It doesn’t even attempt to distinguish between alternate senses of a word like “Sampler”. Most titles have “Webster’s Timeline History” in the title. There are over 170,000 titles in the :Webster’s Timeline History” series listed in Amazon.
• International Business Publications (Washington DC) – Publishes expensive reference books compiled from Wikipedia, CIA world factbook and other freely accessible online sources
• Pedia Press – partners with Wikipedia to allow “book” printing of wiki articles direct from the wikipedia site.
• Tebbo – Reprints wikipedia articles on computer networking and security topics, often authored by a “Kevin Roebuck”.
• Webster’s Digital Services – Reprints Wikipedia articles
• WikiFocus Books International- Reprints Wikipedia articles

Note: some of these publishers may ALSO reprint titles in the public domain as well. Avoid all works by these publishers.

Bogus Reference Book Publishers

American Biographical Institute : a paid-inclusion vanity biographical reference directory publisher

• International Business Publications (Washington DC): Publishes expensive reference books compiled from Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook and other freely accessible online sources

International Biographical Centre: publisher owned by Melrose Press Ltd. Publishes “who’s who” type works of little or no merit
Publishers that reprint public domain works out of copyright

Once a book is no longer protected by copyright, it is said to go into the public domain. Public domain works can be legally shared as e-books at sites like Project Gutenberg or Google Books, and anyone may reprint or republish public domain works without permission. Because of Print-on-demand technology, it has become very easy for anyone to download a public domain book from Google, throw a picture on the cover and sell it on Amazon.

The problem is that most of these companies don’t bother to clean up or edit the OCR scanned text before printing, and what looks okay on screen turns into a mess on the printed page. Since they only print a copy when you order it, there is no incentive to make sure it’s legible. For every quality Penguin Classics edition, there are dozens of OCR reprinters with a slapped-together version of Treasure Island or Lorna Doone.

The other scam is this: since Amazon will usually show the “publication” date that this “edition” was created, you think you’re getting a 2011 non-fiction title on swimming and lifeguarding, but the content of the material is some public domain title from 1915. A quick Google books search of the author will usually clear up the provenance of the material, since you can’t depend on the Amazon description.

While there are many POD companies serving a need by reprinting out of print titles desired by scholars and libraries, many produce shoddy or incomplete works. If a Penguin or Dover (another traditional publisher known for decent reprints) edition isn’t available and you need a print copy, you are usually better off buying a used copy of an old traditionally printed edition than a sight-unseen POD version.

In many cases, I have seen physical samples of these particular publishers’ work. My comments on the quality are noted after the publisher’s name.

• BiblioBazaar / BiblioLife – “Published” over 250,000 titles in 2009. Ugly covers, but text is reproduction of the original, rather than an OCR conversion, and the illustrations were included in the title I looked at.
• Classic Books International –reprinter of “required reading” literature titles like the Scarlet Letter
• Cosimo Classics- seems to focus on philosophy and history titles. Over 3,000 titles in Amazon, so I assume these are OCR/POD editions, but I haven’t seen one in person.
• Createspace – Self-publishing arm of Amazon, but may also be used by some small-presses who publish traditionally edited works. Is also used to reprint some public domain classics like Booth Tarkington’s “Alice Adams”.
• Digireads – over 3000 titles in amazon
• Dodo Press – an imprint of the Book Depository, an online bookseller in the UK. According to Wikipedia, “reissues up to 200 classic titles every week.”
• Ecco Print Editions – from database publisher Gale, these are print reproductions of titles from the subscription Eighteenth Century Collections Online database. These might be okay, as Gale is a reputable company, but given that there are over 150,000 Ecco Print titles in Amazon, I’m assuming quality may vary.
• Forgotten Books (forgottenbooks.org)– reprinter, but you can read their titles free online at their site. No idea how the print editions look.
• General Books LLC (aka General Books Club, Genbooks.net, Rare Books Club, Million-books.com ) – OCR scans of out-of-print books, formatting not cleaned up before printing; the example I have has chapter headings like TEADE for TRADE and LAROUE for LABOUR, and statistical charts were mangled. Avoid.
• Kessinger Publishing – Reprints out of print titles and works scanned by Google Books in editions with bright yellow unappealing covers. Also notable for attempting to remove online access to public domain works they’ve reprinted and reprinting out-of-print works that are NOT in the public domain. The copies my library owns are reproductions of the original edition, but omits illustrations that were included in a 1968 reprint we also own.
• Martino Publishing – claims NOT to use OCR technology. Their edition of Maslow’s “Toward A Psychology of Being” on Amazon actually has a “look inside this book” feature so you can see what you’d be getting.
• Million-books.com – see General Books LLC
• Nabu Press-reprints out of print/ pre-1920’s material, sold through Amazon. Books often have stock photos on their covers that do not match the content at all (for example, a photo of a wheat field and railroad track for a book on Samoan history)
• Obscure Press – seems to focus on occult and mythology titles like Frazer’s Golden Bough.
• Pierides –Reprints that include illustrations; keeps the formatting/font of original text (similar to Dover books). The book we ordered looks attractive enough, but has NO bibliographic info to assist catalogers; the only way to know who published this volume was looking at the order record, as “Pierides” appears nowhere on the cover, title page, etc.
• Quill Pen Classics- over 900 public domain titles at Amazon
• Rare Books Club – see General Books LLC
• Richardson- UK-based reprinter of public domain out of print history and religion titles
• Simon and Brown –reprinter hoping you’ll confuse it with legitimate companies Simon and Schuster or Little, Brown & Co., I guess. Also appears to take on some new non-reprint titles, mostly self-help topics.
• Ulan Press- reprints OOP/pre-1920’s material, sold through Amazon
• Wiki Editions (public domain material)

POD and/or self-publishing companies

Print-on-demand (POD) is a publishing term for making a physical copy of a book only when ordered by a customer (usually through an online vendor like Amazon). POD technology allows authors to release self-published works without paying high up-front costs, so that family histories, wedding photo albums, cookbooks, etc. can be printed for a small group of buyers. A self-published POD book is not necessarily terrible, but again, the buyer should be aware of exactly what they are getting. Many of these companies also provide Kindle editions of self-published titles.

A good (though older) article on the difference between Vanity Presses and POD publishers is here.

• Akasha Publishing (aka Akasha Classics) – also reprints public domain fiction.
• AuthorHouse – formerly known as 1stBooks
• Aventine Press – POD/self-publishing company
• BecomeShakespeare.com – no comment
• Bellissima Publishing – POD small publisher run by an attorney who takes umbrage at being called a self publisher. (edited 19 December 2014)
• Books on Demand GmbH – Based in Germany. Reprints E-books from Grin.com and probably other e-publishers.
• Blurb – self -published titles, especially (but not limited to) photo books.
• BookSurge – is now Createspace
• CreateSpace – Self-publishing arm of Amazon, may also be used by some small-presses who publish traditionally edited works. Also appears to be reprinting some out-of-print public domain classics like Booth Tarkington’s “Alice Adams”.
• First Choice Books – Canadian company
• iUniverse- Books are also available through mainstream book wholesalers Ingram and Baker and Taylor
• Greyden Press – based in Ohio
• Lightning Source – POD for Ingram publishers. Appears to be reprints of out-of-print traditionally published titles from established mainstream publishers, but be aware that the more recent copyright date listed may not mean an updated edition.
• Lulu- self-published titles, especially (but not limited to) photo books.
• Luminare Press LLC – POD/self-publishing company
• Notion Press – based in India
• Peecho -POD printer of books, magazines, etc based in Amsterdam, Netherlands
• QooP – closed in 2012
• Replica Books- the POD arm of book wholesaler Baker & Taylor.
• Unlimited Publishing LLC- POD/self-publishing company
• Wordclay – POD/self-publishing company
• Xlibris- One of the larger companies. Books are also available through mainstream book wholesalers Ingram and Baker and Taylor

Also, keep in mind that authors using POD services (like Amazon’s CreateSpace platform) are often able to create a company name for the publisher of their work. The publisher may read “Blatherstein, Wittisfield, Grumann and Sons” instead of “CreateSpace”, but it only exists as the “publisher” of that one author.

This list will always be incomplete, as new POD publishers appear very week. Being on this list is NOT necessarily an indication that the information in the book (or the book itself) will be of poor quality; it is simply to inform book purchasers about the origins of the book they are considering.

This list used other sources to identify publishers, including librarian Dawn Loomis’s (now defunct) LibGuide on recognizing POD publishers and this Wikipedia list of self-publishing companies,

*Disclaimer: This guide reflects the research and views only of its author. These views may not be shared by her library or her University or by Jeffrey Beall or the University of Colorado Denver.

19 Responses to A list of Print-on-demand publishers, self-publishing/”Vanity presses” and other non-traditional publishers for librarians and authors

  1. Linda Zellmer says:

    Nova also specializes in reprints of U.S. Government Publications. For example they published a “book” titled “Land Use, Transportation and Environmental Quality: Interactions and Smart Growth Strategies” last year (cost is $195.00). The table of contents lists a preface, 2 chapters, and an index. The two chapters are: Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (Second Edition) and Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development. Both of these publications are available on the EPA web site (www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/built.htm and http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/equitable_development_report.htm). When I checked last week, GPO had not cataloged one of them, but it was cataloged after I submitted it through LostDocs. Institutions that select these EPA publications will most likely provide them electronically rather than in print. Thus, the electronic versions will be more useful and accessible than a book on the shelf.

    • The Grim Reaper says:

      I have often claimed fraud by Mrs. Columbus and her operation, Nova Science Publishers. Finally, my claims have been suported. Her professional response: to unleash her lawyers on me for trying to reveal the facts. Mrs Columbus, the facts speak for themselves. Unfortunately, while the scientific community is being scammed, you are getting rich, at the expense of the intellect of the scientific community. This is the real tragedy. As for LAP, another sham, it draws in inexperienced MSc and PhD students to republish their theses disguised as books to draw revenues through Amazon, but often those theses have already been published. It is basically making money off self-plagiarism. I have absolutely nothing positive to say about these two fraudulent, shameful “publishers”.

      • Joro Paveto says:

        “PhD students to republish their theses disguised as books to draw revenues through Amazon, but often those theses have already been published. It is basically making money off self-plagiarism. ”

        Be carefull with the claims for self-plagiarism! The national legsliation of some european countries explicitly requires the PhD students to “republish” the theses. OK- the results has been published in journals but the republishing is compulsory according to national LAWS no matter if it violates the copyright of some journal or not. So if the law requires the PhD student to do this don’t blame the students!
        There are different solutions with the requirement to publish the thesis- for instance my academic institution requires the PhD students to publish their theses in it’s own academic publishing house.

  2. dzetland says:

    I have two relevant experiences.

    I “published” my PhD Thesis with VDM. In the past 5 years, they have sold 2-3 copies @ $100/each. I think that sales are slow because I give away the thesis for free online (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1129046). I know one buyer (a lawyer spending client $), but others may be fooled. That’s a pity, but 1,131 people have downloaded my diss for free. Other students should do the same.

    I also published both of my books via CreateSpace, which is not at all predatory. I agree that it can be a vanity press, but so is the corner copy-shop. The benefit of CS is HUGE to me, as it allows me to get POD at a low price ($2 or $4 per copy, depending on my book) that I can resell to others as well as sell via Amazon. I think that POD models are MUCH better for the 99% of authors who do not have name-brand recognition. I *was* under contract with UC Press but fired them for (1) no marketing plan, (2) poor technical standards and timing and (3) editorial micromanagement. I’ve outlined the advantages of self publishing (and the publishing industry in general) in these posts:


  3. Katrin says:

    GRIN will publish *everything*. Someone I went to university with published her undergraduate class essays there.

  4. liza2408 says:

    Hi Jeffrey, I follow every bit of activity on your website and appreciate the service you provide.

    I just got a call for papers from The Academic Forum which publishes The Exchange, and academic journal containing papers only if presented at their conferences. They seem to have appeared in 2011 and now have about 5 conferences a year. The head is Dr. Richard A.L. Caldarola, *Troy University* – Conference Chair, Editor and Publisher. Given the things you look for — and now I look for — do you think this is legitimate?


    • I can’t tell you whether it is legitimate. I can only say that I don’t think it meets the criteria for being classed as a predatory publisher.

      If you disagree and think it does qualify as a predatory publisher, by all means, please let me know why — perhaps I missed something. Thanks.

  5. tnesla says:

    I’ve been trying to find information about the status of H&S Media, which appears to be an “on- demand publishing and digital distribution” company, apparently set up in the UK. H&S seems to specialize in Persian content although language of publication is not limited to Persian and their catalog includes some books n English as well. I’ve come across with a very attractive ‘call for contributions’ for an edited book on contemporary cinema but the name of H&S is involved and I don’t know what to think of it. Any information or ideas on this company? Perhaps you would have some suggestions on how to check on this or similar publishing houses? Thank you.

  6. Bellissima Publishing, LLC is NOT a self-publisher. Please make correction immediately. We are a traditional publisher with POD print and offset capability, and offer standard royalties, covering all costs of publication. You need to make sure your facts are correct before you publish statements recklessly. Please remove this incorrect reference immediately.

    • Lara Seven Phillips says:

      You are listed in the POD section, and the majority of your backlist seems to be work by your nom-de-plume Penelope Dyan, which pretty much fits the very definition of “self-publishing. The difference between Bellissima and a traditional non-POD publisher is obvious from the content and appearance of your website. I stand by my inclusion of Bellissima as a POD/self-publishing venture – Lara Seven Phillips.

      • Bellissima Publishing, LLC has 20 authors, and we are wotking toward our 500 title goal. We pay our authors royalties and cover all costs associated with publication. We are a traditional publisher, and pay taxes and run a legitimate publishing business recognized as such by the IRS. I am also an attorney, so I strongly suggest you immediately make a correction on your statement that we are a self publisher, because we are not. Bellissima Publishing, LLC is a traditional publishing house that uses POD with offset capability, just like all the big houses. We have nearly 500 titles, and we do NOT self-publish. Many of our authors have published series books. Your statement is incorrect and continuing to publish misstatements of facts is reckless disregard for the truth. You need to make an immediate correction, because you are wrong. If you don’t like our website, that is your problem. We also have other websites, several, in fact. Maybe you would like those better. We are NOT a self-publisher.

      • If you look at the first four books on the main website page, you will see four different authors on the first books layout, and you can click on the books to go to the various authors’ pages on that site.Also, Penelope Dyan has two books in the Saisoon Poetry Library in the Royal Exhibit Hall, Southbank Centre, UK, the largest arts museum and library in the entire world, generally reserved only for UK authors, is on the Girls Voices in Literature Database, Florida University, has two books on the Pukeke Reading list in AU, and more. Hardly worthy of us being called self-publishers, which we are not! Otherwise, we need to be reiimbursed by our authors for all the expenses we are incurring.

      • Maybe you would prefer this website. And there are more, but we do need to update as we are a small traditional publisher, and we have new nooks being published all the time. http://bellissima.viewwork.com/bellissima/sellfolio.html
        And we have several of these promotional websites. Thank-you for bringing our need to update to my attention. But you still need to put us in a traditional category–and we are also NOT a vanity press, which actually is self publishing. Also all of our authors have four year degrees or more, or the equivalent (in only a few cases) and we work very hard here at Bellissima.

  7. You need to revise your statement regarding Bellissima Publishing, LLC We are a POD publisher with offset print capability. We are nearing 500 titles and have 20 authors, some of whom are also talented artists. We publish by invitation only and do not seek out authors. No one is charged anything to publish with us and we offer a standard royalty contract. We do not feel umbrage at being called a POD publisher with offset capability, but we are not a self-publisher. You are flaunting an utter disregard for the truth, and words should be about truth.

  8. […] gets 626,228 hits, Ulan Press, 525,306, FQ Books, 12085. Here from Scholarly Open Access is a listing of these and the many others active in this nether-world of publishing. This seems like an […]

  9. Alexandra says:

    As an author, I’m doing, on the legal grounds, the following query:

    How many books the publisher united p.c. UK issued in last 3 years?
    What is the average circulation of each book?
    What’s the average number of copies which the publisher managed to sell with each draw?
    Why the contract for the publication of a book does not provide an advance fee to the author and why such a low author’s royalties (10%)?

  10. Nevyn Barbary says:

    Any word or opinion about Scholar’s Press?


    • Because it’s not a publisher of scholarly open-access journals, it’s out of scope for my work.
      I think it’s a vanity press that wants you to sign over the copyright of your thesis or dissertation, and then they’ll try to sell it on Amazon and similar places. In most cases, avoiding this company is the best strategy, I think.

  11. […] online article on reputable vanity press companies will be helpful. Self-publishing, however, need not be expensive and although it requires some […]

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