Self-publishing and print on demand book services

PortableVoices' on demand publishing services offers self-published authors and publishing companies a simple and affordable way to print books on demand and sell worldwide with no minimum limit.

PortableVoices Self- Publishing Program, is a customized self-publishing service for people who have a completed manuscript. We provide all the services to help Authors self-publish books and ebooks, from editing, proofreading, book covers, book design and ebook conversion, to book distribution and book marketing, all at very affordable rates. You’ll receive the best publishing services available, to ensure your book has the reach and impact it deserves.

Global print on demand book publishing and distribution through our trusted partners.

Get listed in over 40K retail stores and only print books when you make a sale.

Reach more readers with print on demand publishing

Print-on-demand publishing (POD) is the most affordable approach for self-published authors to print and sell books with no minimum limit. Print on demand books are a game-changer for indie authors or small to medium-sized publishers that can’t afford to print a ton of books in advance.

Save money and simplify your logistics by printing a single book whenever you need it. No more unreasonable upfront costs, or printing more books than necessary.

Keep the investment to a minimum, and maximize your exposure by accessing print on demand book services through PortableVoices.

On demand publishing

Get a book printed only when you make a sale. Self-published book printing works perfect for indie authors or small to medium-sized publishers.

Print on demand publishers

Make your books available in thousands of physical stores by submitting them to our print on demand publishers. Book printing on demand simplifies the logistics and cuts the cost.

Publish globally

Extend your reach and grow your visibility to a global audience where the demand for digital and printed books is at its highest. Print only when you make a sale, and pay the minimum printing cost.

40k stores for print & digital libraries

Easily sell your eBook, audiobook, or print formats in over 400 bookstores and 240K libraries – self-publish and book printing under one provider.

Book marketing services

Get access to exclusive marketing services and perks. Run on demand publishing specific promotions, send free review copies, run ads, and much more.

We manage it all!

Ge all self-publishing matters like distribution, marketing, & sales handled for you. We manage all your print on demand books.

A global publishing and distribution service provider for printed books packed with all the right features.

STARTER

The most budget-friendly package with all the necessary services required for publishing.

Ksh. 34,800/-

 WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • ✓  eBook Only
  • ✓  Non- Exclusive Contract
  • ✓  Dedicated Project Manager
  • ✓  Editing & Proof Reading (Up to 100K words)
  • ✓  Standard Cover Design
  • ✓  Standard Pagination + Typesetting
  • ✓  Digital copy for additional printing
  • ✓  ISBN + Bar Code
  • ✓  eBook Conversion
  • ✓  Paperback Distribution – Kenya
  • ✓  Global eBook Distribution
  • ✓  No Print Copy
  • ✓  1 Full Book Review
  • ✓  Annual Sales Reporting
  • ✓  Royalties Payment (100%)
  • ✓  Post Publishing Support
  • ✓ 1 week Book Marketing

STANDARD

All the necessary services along with standard editing, layout etc

Ksh. 60,900/-

 WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • ✓  Paperback + eBook
  • ✓  Non- Exclusive Contract
  • ✓  Dedicated Project Manager
  • ✓  Editing & Proof Reading (Up to 100K words)
  • ✓  Standard Cover Design
  • ✓  Standard Pagination + Typesetting
  • ✓  Digital copy for additional printing
  • ✓  ISBN + Bar Code
  • ✓  eBook Conversion
  • ✓  Paperback Distribution – Kenya
  • ✓  Global eBook Distribution
  • ✓  2 Printed Copies
  • ✓  1 Full Book Review
  • ✓  Annual Sales Reporting
  • ✓  Royalties Payment (100%)
  • ✓  Post Publishing Support
  • ✓ 2 weeks Book Marketing

PROFESSIONAL

Publishing plus extensive editing, extended distribution, and advanced marketing.

Ksh. 105,000/-

 WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • ✓  Paperback + eBook + Audiobook
  • ✓  Non- Exclusive Contract
  • ✓  Dedicated Project Manager
  • ✓  Editing & Proof Reading (Up to 100K words)
  • ✓  Standard Cover Design
  • ✓  Customized Pagination + Typesetting
  • ✓  Digital copy for additional printing
  • ✓  ISBN + Bar Code
  • ✓  eBook Conversion
  • ✓  Paperback Distribution – Kenya
  • ✓  Global eBook + Audiobook Distribution
  • ✓  5 Printed Copies
  • ✓  On-going Book Review
  • ✓  Annual Sales Reporting
  • ✓  Royalties Payment (100%)
  • ✓  Post Publishing Support
  • ✓ 1 Month Book Marketing

Optional Add-On services

✓ Extended Marketing – Six Month Book Marketing

Frequently Asked Questions

How can PortableVoices help me with print on demand?

PortableVoices is an online self-publishing and distribution service that helps you reach print on demand publishers capable of selling your books in a print format all over the world. With no minimum print limit, you don’t have to deal with all the hassle of printing thousands of copies or managing logistics.

What files do you need for print-on-demand?

For your print-on-demand book to be validated, you need 3 things: the book cover, the book content, and you will also need to have an ISBN. All the print-on-demand publishers we work with require an ISBN to be able to sell your books.

What global markets can I reach through print-on-demand publishers?

On demand publishing can make your book available on amazon to the following countries: USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, and Canada. In addition, Ingram’s network of over 39,000 online stores like Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Costco.

POD orders can be placed in the following markets/regions:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon.it
Amazon.es
Amazon.co.jp
Amazon.com.au
Amazon.ca

Due to US State Department sanctions or other legal reasons, orders cannot be placed from or shipped to these countries:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Crimea region of Ukraine

We can ship to the following countries, which previously had sanctions or legal restrictions:

  • Angola
  • Iraq
  • Kosovo
  • Libya
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Serbia

Note: Books with cream paper are not currently available in Australia.

Pricing

Printing costs per page (black & white) Printing costs per page (color) Unit cost
US $0.012 $0.07 $0.85
CA $0.016 CAD $0.09 CAD $1.11 CAD
UK £0.01 £0.045 £0.7
EU €0.012 €0.06 €0.6
AU $0.0215 $0.0720 $2.17
JP ¥2.5 ¥6.90 ¥180

How can I calculate the printing cost?

We will help you calculate the printing costs for each platform. When calculating printing costs you need to be aware of additional store commissions and that the costs are deducted from the price of your book. In addition to store commission, the printing costs are deducted from the price of your book.

Can you get my books into a bookstore?

Yes and no. This is a complicated answer, again because the publishing business is so weird.

Yes, we make your book available for order and sale in bookstores and retail outlets. All our books are put into the Ingram database, and can be ordered in every bookstore in the country.

No, we do not automatically put your book in bookstores. This is because bookstores carry very few books, reserving their limited space for established authors or books from publishers who are paying for shelf space.

You generally need to sell at least 25,000 copies before bookstores become interested in carrying your book. That’s the bad news. The good news is that being in bookstores doesn’t really matter anymore. A book sitting on a shelf doesn’t sell in most cases. In terms of buyer behavior, most people who shop at Jumia Book also shop on Amazon, so if they don’t see a book at Jumia Books, they’ll just go to Amazon. In other words, lack of bookstore distribution in and of itself doesn’t necessarily lose you very many sales.

The reality is, for almost all authors, being in a bookstore is purely about ego, and not about actual ROI. We don’t deny that going into a bookstore and seeing your book on the shelf is nice, but having a book in a bookstore does almost nothing in terms of sales or awareness. It is only a status object.

How much do you charge for copies? Will I be able to order personal copies at a discounted price?

We don’t charge you anything for copies. You get to buy copies at the print cost. For print on demand paperback, Kindle Direct Publishing not only prints books for approximately $4 a copy when they’re ordered through Amazon, but they’ll sell the author these books at the same cost. At any time after the book is published, you can order copies in any quantities you’d like at this discounted price, direct from the printer (we don’t make money on copies).

If you are looking for a larger quantity of books (1,000 or more), we set you up with a commercial offset printer to handle this request. They can provide better prices at large quantities. We take no markup.

Who designs the book covers? Do I get to give feedback on that?

Your book cover and manuscript interior layout will be designed by our designers, but you have full creative control.

Before we start the design process, you’ll have a long conversation with the Creative Director to understand your vision for the cover (if you have any). We organize this information into a design brief and use it to create a series of initial cover designs, which you will review and give feedback on. Just like all parts of our process, you will have full, 100% approval of your cover.

What marketing comes with the PortableVoices Self Publishing package?

There are three goals of the marketing that’s included in the PortableVoices Self-Publishing package.

We will manage the logistics to run an Amazon Bestseller Campaign that focuses on maximizing early sales, reviews, and rankings, all to build the foundation of early credibility for your book’s long term success.

We will also support you in promoting the book to your connections by creating social media graphics for the book, crafting a book announcement email, gifting free copies to your friends and family, and creating a strategy for you to get the support of influencers who you know.

By the end of the first week of your book release, your book should have Amazon bestseller status, a burst of early sales, a baseline of reviews, awareness among your network, and you should have a plan for how to continue to leverage it going forward. In addition to your First Week Promotions, you will receive a Digital Launch toolkit that includes a book landing page, an email campaign created for your target audience, and a full media kit.

We do offer other add-on marketing packages as well.