Infinity Publishing is one of our toughest publishing competitors. They are the company you should use if you don't choose Dog Ear Publishing. Now, on to our discussion of Infinity Publishing...
Infinity: YES (You produce own file)
Dog Ear: YES
Dog Ear: $4.28/unit
Dog Ear: $2.89
Dog Ear: $1,927
We typically use the same specs for each self publishing company competitive review – information and self publishing costs are derived from the Infinity Publishing web site and contract. However, I've had to change our comparison product just a little bit – of all odd things, Infinity Publishing only has 3 trim sizes – and only 1 'trade' trim size of 5.5X8.5. This can be a significant limitation for authors having books with higher page counts. Total page count could be reduced by utilizing a larger (6x9, 6.14x9.21, etc) trim size.
It also affects authors of non-fiction product who are looking to create textbooks, workbooks or other product that benefits from a trim size other than Infinity Publishing's 5.5X8.5 only.
Our total cost for this package with the printing of an additional 100 books is $1,927*, our per unit book printing price is $4.28, and you get 5 free author copies of your book.
(*Infinity requires the author to perform their own interior design. If a Dog Ear author were to produce their own press ready interior file, Dog Ear will reduce the author's package price by $100. No other modifications have been made to our Basic Package.)
Infinity Publishing Infinity Publishing presents a very strong way for authors to enter the publishing world – a strong player at the less-expensive end of the self-publishing industry. Infinity Publishing has a single publishing package priced at $499. They are based out of West Conshohocken, PA. Infinity Publishing allows you to set your own profit and has a very nice profit and pricing calculator. Infinity Publishing allows you to choose the price you will charge for your book, as long as it is above their minimum retail. Infinity Publishing only offers one of the standard trade trim sizes (5.5X8.5) and two color-book / non-standard trim sizes (8X8 and 8.5X11).
For $499 you will be required to perform all the design and composition services the interior of your book – they do provide good instructions, though. You only get something called 'Basic' distribution (which means your book cannot be in Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
To get a full suite of publishing options and broad distribution you'll have to add a number of elements to your publishing package, but all are quite reasonable. There isn't a package that offers the identical items as Dog Ear Publishing, so we had to add what Infinity Publishing calls 'enhancements'. We started with the $499 package and added “Extended Distribution” (Ingram, Baker&Taylor, Barnes & Noble, etc). There really isn't anything additional to add – Infinity Publishing keeps things very simple.
Fortunately (for us at Dog Ear), the story doesn't end there. Read on to see why Dog Ear becomes an even better choice for publishing your book. As you move beyond just the initial ordering of 100 books, Dog Ear's lead continues to mount in favor of Dog Ear Publishing. One item NOT discussed above (though it is, just below) is the fact that your per-book profit (called a "royalty" at Infinity Publishing) is DRAMATICALLY higher at Dog Ear – right from day one.
Dog Ear builds a unique design for both the cover and interior for every book. The design is custom (literally from the ground up) for each and every book – no 'templates' are ever used. Dog Ear provides a Design Sample using your manuscript and allows you complete freedom to revise what our team has built.
No other publishing services company provides this service FREE OF CHARGE – only Dog Ear.
Infinity Publishing doesn't do this – your book goes straight to complete layout using the file you supply.
Every one of Dog Ear Publishing's books are designed and built by professionals with long histories and lots of experience – from the traditional publishing industry. Your book is being built by the same staff that created books for Harper Collins, Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Wiley, Penguin and many others of the world’s most successful publishers.
Infinity Publishing charges a significant amount more than Dog Ear to print author copies – as noted above. It is very odd to me that they pay royalty monies on books you purchase...which means you pay a higher price for your books, then wait for a 'rebate' to come a few months later. Why not get the lower price up front?
Infinity Publishing will require a 'minimum' retail price for your book – the book in our example would require AT LEAST a $11.95 retail price. This is a good retail price for a 150 page paperback.
Author profit is the great weakness of the Infinity Publishing programs in comparison to Dog Ear Publishing Your author profit when selling through Infinity Publishing’s distribution (Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, etc.) is 15% of the NET sale. This is actually a terrible author profit percent
Infinity Publishing Author Profit: $1.07
Your per unit author profit from each sale is nearly $2 MORE for each book with Dog Ear.
Dog Ear Author Profit: $2.89
Imagine what these numbers do to your profit over the life of your book. It would be extremely challenging to recover any profit from your book.