After the manuscript is edited, the pages are designed, and you have your beautiful cover, the next thing you are faced with is who to publish your book with. I notice that many self-publishing authors use only KDP to self-publish their books. However, in my opinion, they cut themselves off from profits when they do this. For this reason and others I always set the authors I work with up with IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for print and eBook publishing.
Why Use Print-on-Demand?
First of all, I use the Print-on-demand set up for all authors whose intent is to sell their books online. Print-on-demand is just what that term suggests: each book is printed only when it is ordered. This saves the author from:
When a reader orders a copy of your book from an online sales outlet serviced by either Amazon or IngramSpark bricks-and-mortar bookstores and libraries, they print the book, take their cut for production and distribution, then pay you the rest.
Both platforms fulfil print orders in pretty much the same way, so why does WDP recommend you use both? It’s simple. Each offers unique benefits – and you want the best of both worlds.
Amazon KDP does not offer hardcover, some trim sizes, no landscape option, and offering only one version of color.
Benefits of KDP Print
Benefits of IngramSpark
When you publish a paperback with IngramSpark, it goes into their master distribution network that reaches out beyond the internet to bricks-and-mortar bookstores and libraries. These are unlikely to order stock from Amazon, because:
If you want to reach more readers and make more money I recommend that you use both KDP Print and IngramSpark together.