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Pros and Cons

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✅ Pros

They are now under the Author Solutions, Inc. umbrella of companies.
Review Pros
Xlibris charges no­thing for its basic service.
You will be treated with professionalism and courtesy and provided with all the self-publishing help you need.
Xlibris allows you to choose the price you will charge for your book.
Xlibris has a fascinating profit calculator.
If you don’t intend to sell anything other than just a few copies of your book (and none through wholesale distribution) then Xlibris has the best plan available on the market.
Xlibris says it offers “seven comprehensive publishing packages, each with a unique combination of marketing, editorial and publishing services.”

❌ Cons

Xlibris has a very strange system for pricing books.
The design and production work done by Xlibris is also substandard.
Author profit is a tremendous weakness of the Xlibris program.
Another note of concern, again from the Xlibris contract, is who decides on what your book looks like.
The promotional work for the book is confusing, inadequate and incompetent.
You don’t own the output files until you’ve cancelled your contract.
It appears that unless an author pays $3,299 for the “premium package,” the unique editorial service is no editorial service.

Final Say

Read the summaries of what reviewers think about Xlibris below.

Review Summaries
If you don’t intend to sell anything other than just a few copies of your book (and none through wholesale distribution) then Xlibris has the best plan available on the market. There are other competitors who offer options at the $199 level, but none that will give you the speed and flexibility that Xlibris offers. If your book is something that you think you may sell at least 100 copies, and you want it available in both Retail and Wholesale accounts, then make sure you take into account the items listed above.
Self-publishing companies have to stop behaving like crack whores who will provide service to anyone who can pay the price. There is no solution if Xlibris and AuthorHouse reject books, and the penurious or egomaniacal author then goes to Outskirts Press or Lulu and they don’t enforce editorial standards. Until and unless ALL of the self-publishing companies develop and insist on high standards, readers will be buried in crap and writers’ dreams will never come true.

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