Exploring POD options

Amazon KDP

  • both magazine (portrait orientation) and square (8.5x8.5) available
  • looks like pricing is the same regardless of the trim size?
  • possible to sell on their website
  • not possible to sell without generating a profit
  • KDP formatting guide
  • KDP trim sizes
  • KDP printing costs

Blurb

  • both magazine (portrait orientation) and square (7x7 or 12x12) available
  • possible to sell on their website and on Amazon
  • looks like it’s possible to sell without generating a profit

Lulu

  • both magazine (portrait orientation) and square (8.5x8.5) available
  • possible to sell on their website
  • not sure if it’s possible to sell without generating a profit

Printing costs (per ea.) comparison

MAGAZINE (8.5x11”)40 pages80 pages100 pages
Amazon$3.65$6.45$7.85
blurb$9.99$17.99$21.99
Lulu$8.74$15.54$18.94
SQUARE BOOK (soft cover)40 pages80 pages100 pages
Amazon (8.5x8.5)$3.65$6.45$7.85
blurb (7x7)$19.79$29.39$34.19
Lulu (8.5x8.5)$8.49$15.29$18.69

Pricing

  • Amazon that requires a royalty be included in the price (60%), so the final price is more than just the printing costs. According to this page, “The minimum List Price for your Print Book must be equal to its Printing Cost / 60%”
  • I think that books on Blurb can be sold at cost, no profit required
  • I think that books on Lulu can be sold at cost, no profit required
  • Regardless of which vendor we choose, an account must be created. That account will also need to provide info for proper tax reporting.
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