How to self-publish a book that is out of print
December 2, 2013 11:30 AM Subscribe
A friend authored a niche book that was published by a major publishing house and sold very well. It's out of print, but used copies sell on Amazon for many times the original price. People in the field very much want to buy copies of the book, and the author is interested in having it released again. What advice do you have for self-publishing this book?
posted by Capri to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Background: The book was published in the 1990s by a major publisher in the art field. The book is a practical guide to making art, and it's quite well respected in the field. The publisher sold many thousands of copies. It went out of print a decade ago, and the publisher released the copyright to the author. While I am sure the author owns the copyright for the text and images, I'm guessing the publisher owns the copyright for the layout. The publisher declines to put the book on the market again, but the author continues to get requests for it and would like to revise it and publish it again.
Is this the appropriate sort of project for Lulu, or is there a better way to get this on the market?
What advice do you have about marketing?
The author isn't willing or able to do order fulfillment via Amazon, etc. (he travels way too much, often for many weeks at a time). Who offers fulfillment services?
The author was contacted by Echo Point Books & Media, which specializes in re-printing out-of-print books, but I'm worried that they'll violate the original publisher's copyright as they're planning to just reprint the book exactly as it was originally printed. Also Echo Point takes 80% of the proceeds, and I'm assuming self-publishing would bring in much higher royalties. Does anyone have experience with them?