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Setup Costs

A one off payment of £500 covers the total cost of publishing and distributing a paperback book and the eBook Kindle version.

Our price includes all the costs for:
  • A 'short edit' that means your manuscript is reviewed for errors in the grammar, spelling and flow of the book. Mistakes are corrected and suggestions made to improve the plot and readability of your work. Thorough proof reading is chargeable if required.

  • Black text set up from author's Word file or print ready pdf.
    This includes formatting the text to the size of book chosen, usually chargeable by other publishers. They require a formatted text file that is correct in every detail. This is a costly and difficult job if you are not familiar with the requirements of setting up a book.

  • Colour cover set up (front, spine and rear).
    Again a properly designed and formatted book cover is a requirement by other publishers and this can be a difficult and costly process.

  • The provision of an ISBN number and its transfer to a bar code on the rear cover.
    The ISBN remains the property of emp3books in common with publisher practice. You may provide your own ISBN number if you wish. This is expensive if bought by an author. £99.00 for a single ISBN is the lowest cost but bulk buying makes them cheaper per ISBN. See Nielsen ISBN

  • Proof copy sent to the author for approval. The price includes p&p.

  • Digital Catalogue Fee first payment. This keeps the title on the live database for POD. Cost is £7.00 plus VAT per year after thereafter.

  • Advising Nielsen book data of the addition of your title and providing cataloguing details.

  • Sending 6 copies of the book to the British Library.

  • There is no outlay for stock. Books are printed as they are sold so there is no inventory.

  • Your only cost is for setting up your book.

  • When the books sell you receive royalties.

  • The promise is that this is an honest, ethical and open company that will fulfil its commitment to its authors. We only make our money (part of the production cost) when you sell books so it is in our interest to help sell them for you.

    There are no catches, no hidden charges. And the author retains the copyright.

    We also offer a number of packages to get your printed books to the market. These include manuscript editing and proof reading as well as the normal service of taking your manuscripts direct to press and distribution through online channels.

  • Book Size Choices

    Sizes and costs for books
    Bind/Trim Sizes in millimetres
    Paperback (108 to 740 pages)
    Paperback (108 to 828 pages)
    Paperback (108 to 828 pages)
    Books range from 108 to 828 pages.

    203 x 127
    216 x 140
    229 x 152

    198 x 129
    203 x 127
    216 x 140
    229 x 152
    234 x 156
    235 x 191
    244 x 170
    246 x 189
    280 x 210
    210 x 297
    254 x 178

    Type of paper:
    Per book plus
    per page
    Size conversion to inches:
    5 x 8" (203 x 127mm)
    5.06 x 7.81" (198 x 129mm)
    5.5 x 8.5" (216 x 140mm)
    6 x 9" (229 x 152mm)
    6.14 x 9.21" (234 x 156mm)
    6.69 x 9.61" (244 x 170 mm) (Pinched Crown)
    7 x 10" (254 x 178 mm)
    7.44 x 9.69" (246 x 189mm)
    7.5 x 9.25" (235 x 191mm)
    8.25 x 11" (280 x 210mm)
    8.268 x 11.693" (297 x 210 mm) A4

    Examples of costs:
    To calculate the cost of a paperback book, take the page count, multiply by 1p per page, add £2.20, and there you have it!

    Example costings:
    180 page paperback. (All page numbers must be divisible by 4.)
    £2.20 plus £1.80 (180 x 1p) = £4.00

    208 page paperback, £2.20 plus £2.08 (208 x 1p) = £4.28


    It is said that 'you can't tell a book by its cover', but it was Marshall McLuhan who stated, "The Medium is the Massage".

    Somebody else said, 'sell the sizzle, not the steak'.

    The cover of your book is what entices people to buy it and to read it. Cover design is important so we offer a design service that is second to none at prices that are very affordable.

    Bespoke cover design is available at £100 and that includes front, back and spine designs. This is when the author needs something that is beyond the norm and requires a graphic designer to create the unusual.

    For more information, please contact us.


    To calculate how much you will receive as royalties, you set the retail price and allow a discount percentage (typically 25% for amazon).

    Take away the cost of the book and the balance is your royalty payment.

    Examples of royalty payments:

    Retail price for a 208 page book, £9.95

    less 25% for amazon and other retailers (£2.49)= £7.46

    less the cost of producing the book, £4.28 = £3.18 royalty paid to the author.

    Royalties are paid to the author 90 days from the end of the month plus 2 weeks for administration of figures. (This is when emp3books receives payment from the retailer.)

    Author Benefits

    We live in a fast digital age. Publishing has moved on. The reason that we charge reasonable prices is that we use the most up-to-date technology to produce your books.

    No stock purchases for the author, unless you want copies at cost price. When a title is bought from one of our online retailers (including amazon), stock replacement orders are printed. This is the beauty of print-on-demand. Orders are fulfilled without stock being held.

  • An ISBN number and barcode
  • A wide choice of book sizes.
  • Your manuscript is formatted
  • The manuscript is edited for grammar and spelling
  • A very high quality printed book.
  • A copy sent to the British Library
  • Title information registered with Nielsen Book Data.
  • Full distribution with the major on-line retailers such as amazon worldwide, Barnes & Noble and many others.
  • Distribution as an eBook if wanted.
  • Distribution through amazon Kindle.
  • Royalty payments on a prompt and regular basis.
  • A human contact at all times.

    The author only has to write the book

    The process is straightforward. The set up is done with minimum charges for the author. High charges by other publishers only benefit their profits! We want authors to have their books carefully published and sold at a minimum cost to them.

    emp3books was set up by authors who had been frustrated by the cost and lack of access to traditional publishers. We have been there and now we can do it for you!

  • Where our books are sold

    Using the distribution strength of the Ingram Book Company, your book always appears in stock and available to all Ingram customers.

    With over 30,000 wholesalers, retailers and booksellers in over 100 countries your titles will gain the maximum exposure in the market today.

    With print to order, your book is printed and ready for shipment in 12 hours or less.

    Distribution Partners

    Baker & Taylor
    Barnes & Noble
    Espresso Book Machine

    Book Depository
    Mallory International
    Paperback Shop
    Eden Interactive Ltd.
    I.B.S - STL U.K

    Terms and Conditions

    Summary of Terms and Conditions.
    Full terms available on request.

    • The author guarantees that the author owns the copyright for all materials submitted or has the full written permission of the copyright holder to publish materials copyrighted by other people.

    • Materials that are considered to be racist, sexist, pornographic, blasphemous, defamatory, libelous or otherwise offensive will be rejected by emp3books.

    • The author is legally responsible for all content of the book.

    • The ISBN number remains the property of emp3books in common with publisher practice. You may provide your own ISBN number if you wish.

    • Proof copies are sent by pdf file.

    • A printed proof copy of the book will be sent to the author for approval before the book is made available for distribution. Further printed proof copies are charged at cost price.

    • A Market Distribution Fee, charged by the printers, must be paid annually. This keeps the title on the live database for POD. The initial fee is paid by emp3books. Therafter the cost is £7.00 plus VAT per year payable by the author.

    • By law, a copy of the book is required by the British Library Copies. The cost for other libraries is the author's cost price plus p&p