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The Real Cost of Self-Publishing

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-25T22:14:25Z

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The Printed Book

While printing a book won’t get it on the shelves of major bookstores, you can feel it, smell it, lay it on the coffee table and, yes, give it to friends and clients. You will likely be able to sell it for more than an e-book, though you'll probably sell fewer copies. If you want to improve the chance of getting your book into bookstores across the U.S., you could go through a distributor such as SCB. It can also help to think big and find an agent to help pitch your book to a traditional publisher.

$8,800: Cost to print 1,300 copies (240-page book) with shipping – Julia Pandl