This is a comparison of various ebook distribution services. A lot of these companies provide MORE services than just ebook distribution, but this review will only highlight them based on the maturity and value of their ebook distribution service.
This list is informational only, and will hopefully give self-publishing authors a good starting point to go out and do further research on each service to review the “fine print” and make their own decision.
http://www.bookbaby.com – $149 + ISBN
http://www.lulu.com – 20% of retail sales, but no start up fees. Offers free ISBN in the Lulu Publishing Wizard. However, purchasing your own ISBN makes you the Publisher of your book.
http://www.smashwords.com – 60% of retail sales, but n0 start up fees
http://www.ebookpartnership.com – $99 one time fee and zero commission
http://www.booktrope.com – Requires you to submit your book for consideration.
http://www.bookfuel.com – Service fee model. $99 to distribute ebook to one venue of your choice. $149 for all 5 venues that they cater to (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Apple iBookstore)
http://www.bookmasters.com – Have to request a free quote, but they distribute to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, and Apple iBookstore
http://www.ingramspark.com – 40% (45% if you choose not to distribute to Amazon). I personally didn’t like their ebook distribution service (which is specifically what this review is about), but I do love their Print-On-Demand service.
If you think I am missing some that others should know about, please let me know in the comments below.