Books can be self-published through Amazon, Draft2Digital and Lulu. It is possible to self-publish audio books, ebooks and in print using these companies, and they provide the user with ample rights and options when publishing.
Amazon has three separate types of self-publishing for authors. Kindle Direct Publishing allows for global distribution, varied royalty rates and quick publishing of ebooks. Users can directly upload manuscripts and covers, write blurbs to entice the reader, select keywords and use pen names to retain anonymity. CreateSpace is Amazon's branch that allows the publishing of physical books that can be distributed through Amazon's website. ACX allows users to publish audio versions of books for download on Amazon platforms.
Draft2Digital is a distribution platform that allows users to upload ebook manuscripts for distribution to a variety of online retailers. iBooks, Barns & Noble and Kobo are some of the vendors that Draft2Digital has partnerships with. The company can also distribute via CreateSpace for users who want to have print copies available.
Lulu is a print on demand service that allows users to publish ebooks and physical books. Through this platform, users pay to have a number of physical books printed, making it a good choice for authors who want a small number of books made rather than a wide distribution.