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Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher.

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SELF-PUBLISHING is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. A self-published physical book is said to be privately printed. The author is responsible and in control of entire process including, in the case of a book, the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process to companies that offer these services. Self-publishing is not limited to physical books. Ebooks, pamphlets, sales brochures, websites, and other materials are commonly self-published.

PRINT ON DEMAND (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which copies of a book (or other document) are not printed until an order has been received, allowing books to be printed singly, or in small quantities. While build to order has been an established business model in many other industries, "print on demand" developed only after digital printing began, because it was not economical to print single copies using traditional printing technology such as letterpress and offset printing.

Many traditional small presses have replaced their traditional printing equipment with POD equipment or contract their printing out to POD service providers. Many academic publishers, including university presses, use POD services to maintain a large backlist; some even use POD for all of their publications. Larger publishers may use POD in special circumstances, such as reprinting older titles that are out of print or for performing test marketing.

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  • BLURB - make your own book with Blurb.
  • FLIPPING BOOK - "Software for creating online publications, magazines, photo albums and flip books with the real turning page effect."
  • IBOOKS AUTHOR - "Create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad." New app available free on the Mac App store.
  • ISSUU - "You publish." Publish by Millions. Turns your documents into beautiful online publications.
  • KIM WEISS PUBLISHING SERVICES - "From Brainstorm to Bestseller. An Insider's Look at Publishing Your Book."
  • Kindle Scout - "Submit your book to Kindle Scout and be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press in 45 days or less. We welcome submissions for English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres."
  • LULU BLOG - "Adventures in self publishing." Online self-publisher and digital marketplace that empowers creators to publish, sell and profit from their work.
  • MOVABLE TYPE - "Professional publishing platform." Free software weblog publishing system.
  • PRINTONDEMAND.COM - "Printing made simple."
  • PRINTONDEMAND-WORLDWIDE.COM - "Environmentally friendly book production."
  • SCRIBD - the largest social publishing company in the world the website where more than 60 million people each month discover and share original writings and documents.
  • SMASHWORDS - "your ebook.your way." Ebook self-publishing publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. 1,604,946,340 words published as of March 9, 2011.
  • THE BOOK PATCH - self publishing: US$2.77 a book.
  • WORLDPRESS - blog tool and publishing platform. WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
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