Self-publishing Services, Courtesy Books-A-Million


Books-A-Million has launched BAM! Publishing DIY, a platform where authors can create, edit, and self-publish books. This will be competing with Amazon’s CreateSpace and similar services.

Joyce McKinnon, Espresso Book Machine® Coordinator at Books-A-Million, said, “We are thrilled to offer a new and easy way to self-publish. DIY is a great option for serious authors looking for powerful design tools, flexible pricing and distribution options. It’s also a great option for beginners, or those wishing to create beautiful personal projects like family histories, cookbooks, or even custom journals. You can even print full color interior pages, which will add interest to any project. The DIY tools are easy to use, easy to customize, and easy to share.”

  • The BAM! services includes tools to design, print, and distribute paperbacks as well as e-books that can be sold through Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere.
  • A variety of Author Services are available if additional help from publishing professionals is needed.
  • An “Espresso Book Machine” is available at Books-A-Million’s stores in Birmingham, Alabama and South Portland, Maine, where books can be printed and picked up in person.

Features at a glance

  • Cloud writing options–you can start your project on the BAM! cloud. Or you can go the old fashioned way of uploading your pre-written files to the site.
  • Collaborators–you can create a team of collaborators, including friends, family, colleagues to editors etc.
  • It is NOT free–publication starts upwards $59 (print OR ebook for private publication) and $129 (print OR ebook for marketplace publication)
  • Printing costs–$7 a book+0.03 a page. So a 350 page book will be $17.50.
  • Royalty splits–80% to author (at first glance, but there might be pricing requirements). Payments to be sent out within 60 days after every quarter.

My take–it’s good news!

Free market economy is always great. The more the competition, the better and more mature the market gets.

This might be one way for indie authors to get their wares into BAM! bookstores?

Indie authors will have one more self-pubbing choice, that I’m sure some will try out. And if BAM! keeps coming out with great offerings like color interior pages and the “Espresso” machines (I love that idea although not sure how profitable it would be–the machines would have high maintenance costs, I suppose), Createspace may try matching. So, even authors who do not want to migrate to BAM! might have better options.

Also, goes to show that self-publishing is being recognized as one of the profitable paths and backed not just by crusading authors, but also my publishing outfits because of simple market economics. That is good, because whatever the reason, the more tools authors find available to them, the better their offerings will be. That’ll go to improve the whole marketplace.

You can check out BAM! publishing here.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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