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Xlibris review

 

Xlibris is another DIY Self Publishing service that caters to authors who have a completed manuscript. Pricing for printed books start at $749 and include 8 cover templates, 5 interior templates, one free author copy, ebook “availability”, and 25 corrections.

The top package is the Platinum and includes custom everything – book cover, interior, 120 paperback copies, 40 hardback copies, the ability to set your own pricing and a lot more. This package comes in at $15,299.

 


THE GOOD /
  • Xlibris has had 60,000 titles published by over 40,000 authors
  • A 12-month subscription to their Author Learning Center is included in all publishing packages

THE BAD /

  • Pretty much a DIY publishing platform, with an upsell for any extra services
  • Testimonials are dated


 

The most popular package is the Premium at $3,699 and it is fairly complete – minus the book video and other DIY marketing services.

In reviewing the marketing side of the Xlibris packages, the offerings are not up to par with other services. While they may sound attractive at first blush (a book video) the distribution and implementation of the services is pretty much DIY.

For example the top package offers a “Social Media Setup Guide” and “Social Media Training”.

 

6.7 Total Score
The Bottomline

DIY Publishing with limited marketing.

Site Interface
6
Features
6.5
Support
7.5
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All packages offer what Xlibris calls “BookStubs”. These are plastic business card sized and have your book cover on the front and purchasing information on the back.

A neat idea and a great way to give out information on your book without actually having to give it away for free. In addition to the publishing, all the packages include B&N Read Instantly, Amazon Look Inside, and Google Books Preview.

The eBook only package is quite a value at $499 and you can add just about everything to this as an add-on.

 

 

Xlibris at a Glance

http://www2.xlibris.com/
Bloomington, IndianaFounded 1997
Yo..X, looking for some forward love..?!

 


Company Overview

Editor’s note: Parts of this information was taken directly from the company’s page 

Xlibris is a book publishing company created by authors, for authors.

By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists, and on how print on demand technology and new approaches can be applied in the publishing industry, we provide authors publishing services to help them get published.

 

 

Whether you are writing a book, promoting your work, or searching for online publishing services or a self publisher to publish your book, Xlibris’ comprehensive range of publishing, editorial, add-on and marketing services enable you to customize your self-publishing experience.

Our proficient team of publishing professionals are available every step of the way to guide you through the self-publishing process.

 


 

Specifications
Contract:No
Author Rights:Remain with Author
Book Pricing:Author sets
Retail Pricing:Author sets
Delivery Platform:Paperback, hardback, and e-book
Distribution Assistance:Just the basics, majority of marketing will be authors responsibility
Ease of Use:Not to complex and if you get stuck, they have FAQ’s and the Author Learning Center

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