Here at Elite Editing, we understand needing to explore all the options before making a decision. But for aspiring authors looking to self-publish, researching all the different digital publishers can be quite the time killer. So from the research fanatics here to the POD authors out there, here is a list of several print-on-demand alternatives to, with minibios, to get you started on finding the digital publisher that is right for you and your manuscript!

Print-On-Demand Publishers: A Comprehensive List

  • AuthorHouse: With over 60,000 titles in print, AuthorHouse assigns every author a publishing consultant and boasts of an “author-centric” mentality.
  • Booklocker: A small team in business since 2000, Booklocker present their publishing options as low-risk, low-cost alternatives to other digital publishers.
  • Bookstand Publishing: Since 1996, Bookstand advertises offering more for your money—more copies, more illustrations, and more control.
  • CreateSpace: A merger in 2005 became CreateSpace, an Amazon company that offers POD services and a variety of formats for books, music, and videos.
  • Dog Ear Publishing: A small, enthusiastic digital publisher, Dog Ear offers its authors personalized service, industry experience, and distribution guidance.
  • Fultus: Fultus offers authors the opportunity to try out services before paying, welcomes international authors, and advertises no hidden costs.
  • Infinity Publishing: Infinity has published over 6,000 titles since 1997 and is dedicated to making the publishing process as simple for authors as possible.
  • iUniverse: Founded in1999, iUniverse offers authors in the United States and Canada an experienced team and strategic partnerships in the industry.
  • Lightning Source: Offering several publishing options, Lightning Source was started in 1997 and holds several environmentally friendly certifications.
  • Llumina Press: Defining itself as authors for authors, Llumina Press offers a variety of publishing options, as well as editing and marketing services.
  • Outskirts Press: Outskirts Press appeared in Inc. 5000 as the fastest-growing POD publisher (’09 & ’10) and offers highly customizable publishing options.
  • PublishAmerica: PublishAmerica positions itself as a traditional publisher using POD technology; it does not charge publishing fees.
  • Rose Dog: A part of Dorrance Publishing, Rose Dog advertises a “lowest fees” guarantee for POD services.
  • Virtual Bookworm: Virtual Bookworm is a self-proclaimed authors’ “clearinghouse” and publishes only approved books since 2000.
  • Wheatmark: Started in 1999, Wheatmark strives to combine quality content, access to publishing, and savvy marketing for the success of its authors.
  • Wordclay: Wordclay makes its POD services as simple and user friendly as possible, offering step-by-step directions for the whole process.
  • Xlibris: Xlibris has more than 20,000 titles in print and allows authors to publish with them while still sending their manuscripts to other publishers.
  • Xulon Press: A subsidiary of Salem Communications, Xulon Press helps Christian authors self-publish, market, and distribute their Christian books.

Additional Resources

Mark Levine, in his book The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, grades several print-on-demand publishers. Booklocker, Infinity Publishing, iUniverse, and Lulu made his outstanding list, while PublishAmerica and AuthorHouse made his publishers-to-avoid list. also reviewed and created a list of top digital publishers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get a FREE QUOTE for Your Project Now!

Our expert editors and proofreaders are available for you anytime (day or night!) with affordable and personalized professional services.


4 Reasons a Hurricane Will Help You Kick-Start NaNoWriMo

Oct 28, 2012 in Writing

It’s a perfect storm: a hurricane brewing off the Atlantic, a possible tsunami in the Pacific, and a blizzard across the Midwest. And all this…

Hanukkah or Chanukah

Hanukkah or Chanukah—One Holiday with Two Spellings

Dec 02, 2018 in Writing

’Tis the season to be merry! It’s the time of year to wish friends and family, far and wide, a wonderful season’s greeting. It’s a…

thesis time management

The Importance of Time Management When Writing a Thesis

Sep 20, 2011 in Writing

A school year may seem like plenty of time to write your thesis, but without good time-management strategies, you may find yourself scrambling at the…

Subscribe to Our Blog

Subscribe via RSS