At Backspace Ink:

•  You are the publisher of your book.

•  You retain control throughout the production process and of the finished product.

•  You own all electronic files we prepare for you and may request them at any time.

•  You pay us no compensation from the sale of books we help produce for you. Any and all royalties from the printing vendor will be sent directly to you.

•  All vendors' costs will be paid by you directly to them.


International Standard Book Number (ISBN): Every version of your book (e.g., soft cover, hard cover, and e-book) requires a unique ISBN. Although many vendors sell ISBNs and bar code graphics, we recommend Bowker Identifier Services. Some printing vendors require you to purchase bar code graphics, so be sure to check with your printing vendor before you purchase any bar code graphics. 

E-books: Our recommended e-book conversion vendor will convert your files to industry-standard e-book formats and set up worldwide distribution channels and royalty payments.


Adobe Acrobat (PDF): An electronic file (for free or for sale) may be a good option. 

Some features of a PDF include:

•  Hyperlinks

•  Interactive Table of Contents

•  Searchable text

•  Password restrictions

•  Color interior 

•  Easily updatable text

For an example of a PDF book, you can download a complimentary copy of Books from the Heart: Our Self-Publishing Journey, written and produced by Joanne Shwed.

Copyright: Your book is copyrighted when you put the © symbol on the interior copyright page, but some authors like to add this additional step. Copyright submission is done after the book has been printed. To read more about the submission process and the fees involved, visit the U.S. Copyright Office website for more information. 

Library of Congress Catalog Control Number (LCCN): Acquiring an LCCN is not required; however, some authors take this extra step. This process is done before your book has been printed in order to include the LCCN on the interior copyright page. Visit the Library of Congress website for more information. 

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