Vanity press

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A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.wikipedia
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Publishing

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A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.

Small press

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In contrast, mainstream publishers, whether major companies or small presses, derive their profit from sales of the book to the general public.
Small presses should not be confused with self-publishing presses (sometimes called "vanity presses").

Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault’s Pendulum
A slightly more sophisticated model of a vanity press is described by Umberto Eco in Foucault's Pendulum.
Three vanity press employees (Jacopo Belbo, Diotallevi, and Casaubon) invent their own conspiracy for fun after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories.

James D. Macdonald

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This led to James D. Macdonald's dictum, "Money should always flow toward the author" (sometimes called Yog's Law).
Early in his career he was asked by such an author how much he had paid to have his books published, and in response began a campaign of educating other writers about the problems of vanity publishers.

Gadsby (novel)

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Ernest Vincent Wright, author of the 1939 novel Gadsby, written entirely in lipogram, was unable to find a publisher for his work and ultimately chose to publish it through a vanity press.
Though vanity published and little noticed in its time, the book has since become a favorite of fans of constrained writing and is a sought-after rarity among some book collectors.

American Biographical Institute

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The Chairman of the ABI, Arlene Calhoun, also runs another vanity press, Pentland Press (d/b/a Ivy House Publishing Group).

IUniverse

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iUniverse focuses on print-on-demand self-publishing and a service the company refers to as "assisted self-publishing" which critics say is indicative of vanity press since authors are asked to pay from US$400 to $15,000 for additional services.

List of self-publishing companies

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The following lists are of notable self-publishing companies, and some which provide assistance in self-publishing books, provide print on demand services as publishers, operate as vanity presses, or custom print merchandise and on products.

Famous Poets Society

The Famous Poets Society was an alleged vanity press that offered a poetry contest, a convention contest, and self publishing opportunities.

Tate Publishing & Enterprises

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In general, it operates on the vanity press model in which most authors pay for the publication of their books.

Print on demand

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Some companies make use of print on demand technologies based on modern digital printing.

Poetry.com

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The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland classified the business as a vanity publisher and noted that the quality of the poetry submitted to them "does not appear to be a significant consideration for selection for publication."

Vanity label

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A vanity label (see related topic on vanity press) is an informal name given sometimes to a record label founded as a wholly or partially owned subsidiary of another, larger and better established (at least at the time of the vanity label's founding) record label, where the subsidiary label is (at least nominally) controlled by a successful recording artist, designed to allow this artist to release music by other artists they admire.

Vanity award

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Pitches for Who's Who-type publications (see vanity press), biographies or nominations for awards or special memberships can have a catch to them in which the honoree is required to pay to win.

Vantage Press

Vantage was the largest vanity press in the United States.

Self-publishing

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In a variant of Yog's law for self-publishing, author John Scalzi has proposed this alternate, to distinguish self-publishing from vanity publishing, "While in the process of self-publishing, money and rights are controlled by the writer."
Up until two decades ago, self-publishing used to be described by the negative term vanity press, with the connotation that the only reason that a book was being printed was to satisfy the author's personal ego.

Xlibris

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a vanity press as "a publishing house that publishes books at the author's expense".

Predatory publishing

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Vanity

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The term "vanity press" is considered pejorative, implying that an author who uses such a service is publishing out of vanity and that his or her work would otherwise not be commercially successful.

Better Business Bureau

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In the US, these practices may be cited by the Better Business Bureau as unfavorable reports by consumers.

Marketing

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In the traditional publishing model, the publisher assumes the risk of publication and production costs, selects the works to be published, edits the author's text, and provides for marketing and distribution, provides the ISBN, and satisfies whatever legal deposit and copyright registration formalities are required.

International Standard Book Number

ISBNISO 2108International ISBN Agency
In the traditional publishing model, the publisher assumes the risk of publication and production costs, selects the works to be published, edits the author's text, and provides for marketing and distribution, provides the ISBN, and satisfies whatever legal deposit and copyright registration formalities are required.

Legal deposit

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In the traditional publishing model, the publisher assumes the risk of publication and production costs, selects the works to be published, edits the author's text, and provides for marketing and distribution, provides the ISBN, and satisfies whatever legal deposit and copyright registration formalities are required.