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  POD with a worldwide publisher
POD: Worldwide Publisher
POD with a worldwide publisher
POD: Local Suppliers
POD with a worldwide publisher
POD: Amazon CreateSpace
POD with a worldwide publisher
Amazon Kindle
Description POD through world-wide distributor for which registration is required for direct management by the Author after setting up. POD using laser printing technology through local suppliers. Free book publishing service offered by Amazon. Offered by Amazon for electronic books readable only with a Kindle reader available from Amazon online.
ISBN An ISBN is required No ISBN required An ISBN is required No ISBN required
Specifications A wide range of book sizes is possible A wide range of book sizes is possible Prescribed template formatting Fully illustrated books are not suitable for Kindle which renders in black and white only.
Paper Black and white on creme paper 85gsm,opaque, or white 75gsm. Black and white on white 80gsm bond Prescribed template formatting eBook
Spine Spine text on perfect bound books requires a minimum of 80 pages, without requires 48 pages minimum. There are limits on the number of pages printed on creme or white paper respectively. Spine text on perfect bound books requires a minimum of 80 pages, without requires 48 pages minimum. Prescribed template formatting eBook
Distribution Distribution is automatic to wholesalers such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Kalahari Books and others. Authors can order books on line at a publisher's price. Distribution and marketing is the author's responsibility. Books can only be ordered on-line at the going rate. Readable only with a Kindle reader available from Amazon on-line.
Scope of service

Advise the author with registration as a publisher, on setting up costs, managing orders, royalty payments and paying invoices.

Design and layout of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.

Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.

Set up content and cover to print-ready specifications.

Assist with uploading files.
Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.

Advise on setting up Author's profile on Amazon.

Advise the author on the process, advantages and limitations. An ISBN is optional.

Design and lay out of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.

Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.

Format content and cover to print-ready specifications.

Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.

Advise the author on the process, advantages and limitations. Books are available to author and reader only on-line at market cost through on-line wholesalers, such as Amazon.

Design and lay out of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.

Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.

Format content and cover to print-ready specifications.

Assist with uploading files.
Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.

Advise on setting up the Author's profile on Amazon.

Assist author with registration.

Format design and layout of the book and cover to meet Kindle Book specifications.

Assist author to upload.

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Rates

Costs to Author
Design and layout fee R200 per hour with a minimum of R2000 and the balance payable at the completion of the project.
Other known expenses

R200 for Master copy of the content and cover files in .pdf format on CD.

Direct cost of any proof copy.

Cover design: Commissioned artwork if required at R200 per hour, subject to fixed negotiated fee.

Exclusions All costs after print-ready stage.
Deposit R1000 payable at commencement of the project.
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