Reader Publishing Question: How much does it cost to publish a book?

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Print-on-demand technology with easy user interfaces like KDP/Amazon means that you can literally self-publish a book for free.  Really.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the expression “Print-on-demand”, it means that you as a writer upload your finished manuscript and the service publishes a copy of your book when someone orders and pays for it.  Gone are the days when a writer would have dusty boxes of their first book in their garage.  Today’s technology has made publishing a book affordable to anyone with a word processing program and a reliable Internet connection.

I, however, would make the argument that publishing for free is not always a writer’s best option.  Below I will discuss some of the costs associated with self-publishing and why some of these are worth paying.

ISBN or International Standard Book Number 

An ISBN is a unique identifying number assigned to your book. When you self-publish…

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