Today, I’ve compiled a list of marketplaces where self-published authors and small publishers can “cut out the middleman” in getting their books out there. These are places that can publish e- and sometimes print books directly from the files you upload and the metadata you input. This list is not exhaustive, and I welcome any additions you readers might wish to make, but it should be a good place to start at any rate. They are arranged alphabetically.
|Amazon||E, PB||Pre-order function not available for print books; Dust jacket option not available for hardcover|
|Barnes & Noble||E, PB, HC||Pre-order function available for all formats|
|Bookchain||E||Have not actually tried it yet|
|Dreame||E||Must copy-paste chapter by chapter and publish the same way; can be very time-consuming|
|DriveTHRU Fiction||E, PB, HC||Print copies require special PDF X/a-1 files to come out right; Dust jacket option not available for hardcover|
|E-Sentral||E||Make sure files are error-free; re-uploading and de-listing old ones a lot of hassle|
|Gardners||E||Must have a minimum of 15 titles to be considered|
|Google Play||E||Can set international prices; Pre-order function|
|Hummingbird DM||E||Requires download of WinSCP or similar software to upload files; can sell from your own HDM storefront to maximize profits|
|PayHip||E, PB*, HC*||Can sell from storefront, but fulfillment of physical goods is on you; website embed function available|
|Rakuten Kobo||E||Can set international prices; Distributes to Kobo+ and Overdrive as well; Pre-order function|
|StreetLib||E, PB||Can set international prices; can also use this as a channel to distribute to other markets; Pre-order function for e-books|
|XinXii||E||Can use this as a channel to distribute to other markets, though royalty rates not as high; Pre-order function|
I may add to this list in future (for instance, when I get into audiobooks), or else make an entirely new table and post it later. Either way, I hope this is useful to those out there looking to give your titles maximum distribution. Until next time!