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Xlibris, a self publishing company, is now owned by AuthorSolutions - the same company that owns AuthorHouse, iUniverse and Trafford. They are the smallest of the 'big 3' self publishing companies, though they are now owned by AuthorSolutions. Xlibris offers self publishing packages within a wide price range - from $299 to $12,999.
I have seen the standard Xlibris contract and I can tell you a couple of things to look out for with Xlibris and any self-publishing company.
Review the contract provision for correction charges. It costs money each time your publisher has to go back into your file and change something. That's standard for every self-publishing outfit around. But, you should be able to resubmit your manuscript to them just before it goes into "layout" or “pre-layout formatting”. Also make sure that you don't get charged for making corrections that were the fault of Xlibris in the first place (called Production Errors). This is unfortunately a common practice
amongst less trustworthy self-publishing outfits.
Also, Xlibris recently modified their contract to reflect a more author-friendly position than the previous version. There are still a couple of items to be aware of:
You do not own the Xlibris output files until you've cancelled your contract.
Another concern from the Xlibris contract, is the control they have over what your book looks like.
If you do not intend to sell more than just a few copies of your book yourself, as opposed to retail distribution outlets, then Xlibris may be an excellent choice.
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