Most Self-publishers are publishing novels or non-fiction books in black and white. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is still my favorite place to publish black and white. I’ve been working with an author who wants to publish a book of poetry and include color pictures with the poems. There are publishers out there who do publish in color. Two of the bigger companies out there are Lulu and Ingram Sparks. Both companies offer options for authors wanting to publish in color. Lulu will print a 50-page, 8.5 x 8.5 inch full color book for about $10.90. Here is Lulu’s cost per book calculator. Ingram Sparks will publish a similar book for $3.20. Here is where you have to look at some other factors. Lulu’s process from start to finish seems to be simpler and cheaper initially. Ingram Sparks has some initial fees that are charged. $49 set up fee and they charge $150 for an ISBN number. Here is the price sheet PDF for Ingram Sparks. You can start your project with Lulu without a set up fee and they will provide a free ISBN number and bar code. The trade off is that the costs at Lulu are distributed over time, but are considerably higher than Ingram Sparks. The quality at both is reported to be similar.
I have not personally used either of these two companies to publish a book, but there are reviews of both on the Internet. Here is a review comparing Createspce (now KDP), Lulu and Ingram Sparks that is somewhat dated, but still seems valid.
Leave a comment if you’ve used either Lulu or Ingram Sparks. I’d like to hear about your experience.
Keep on writing!