Posts Tagged ‘self publishing’

Change in pricing for self-published books

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The pricing for self-publishing a book on our Espresso Book Machines has changed a bit. We have tied the price more directly to the number of pages your book consists of, plus the cover. In other words, the slimmer your book, the slimmer the price!

Effective immediately, this is the new price scheme (all you literature, arts and language majors, look away now or risk eye-glazing ;-) ):

  • 40 – 179 pages: €3,50 (cover) + €0,05 per page
  • 180 – 200 pages: €12,50
  • 200+ pages: €12,50 + €0,05 per page over 200

For example, if your book has 120 pages, it now costs €3,50 + €0,05×120 = €9,50 per copy (minus 10% if you have a discount card). Compared to the standard €12,50 fee we had before for all books up to 200 pages, that’s a whopping €3 saved on every copy!

The €12,50 handling fee for your initial copy remains the same. Click here for more pricing info.

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self-Published Books, Spanish Fiction

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self-Published Books (on ABC’s Espresso Book Machine) and Spanish Fiction, as picked out by section buyers Tom, Tiemen, JeroenW, Joe and Steven. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Writers on Demand: Linda Radwan

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

By Linda Radwan

Almost one year ago I was in my favorite bookstore, as usual, in the Hague. Suddenly, at the counter I spotted a card revealing the following information: ‘Can you imagine a machine that prints, binds and trims titles from a large and ever-growing database of books while you wait? One that even prints your own book?’ I was interested in that last part. This Espresso Book Machine could help me publish my book and I certainly had a book to publish.

I had been searching for a publisher for my book The Beastslayer for a while but I had not found the perfect match… until that day. I quickly sent an e-mail and almost immediately received a reaction from EBM operator Joe Neesan. He told me I could stop by any time and see the Espresso Book Machine.

One year later, after countless covers (well… four, to be specific), several content changes and hundreds of email exchanges with Joe, it all brought me to what you see today.

Writing a book is work, but to truly create it, that’s a lot of blood and sweat. It’s the first step into actually showing the world what you’ve created, to let everyone in your own fantasy world. I changed the content so many times, I changed the lay-out, the cover, all of it because I wanted to be 100% happy with it. Luckily Joe’s perfectionism and patience were there to support my goal. This why I recommend the Espresso Book Machine and Joe’s services to everyone who is seriously considering publishing their work (oh no, Joe, you are going to be even more busy from now on!).

I started writing when I was 11 years old. I have been writing stories, books, you name it but it took years to actually make this first step. I love it! Remember, you must do it all by yourself, read your work a hundred times, make your cover from scratch and deliver the lay-out exactly the way you want it. But in the end you can truly say the book is yours! Believe in yourself, see it come to life before your eyes and well, for the book part, let Joe and the Magic Espresso Book Machine do the rest. Good luck!

Writers on Demand: Amsterdam Quarterly Publication Party

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Amsterdam Quarterly (AQ), a new, literary magazine, will hold a party to celebrate the publication of its 2011 yearbook on Friday, 27 January, at 6 PM at the American Book Center in Amsterdam.

Novelist Philibert Schogt, poet and essayist Iclal Akcay, and publisher Bryan Monte will be present to mingle with well-wishers and sign books hot off the Espresso Book Machine press.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Copies of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2011 Yearbook will be printed during the party to demonstrate the ABC’s Espresso Book Machine (EBM). An ABC staffperson will also be on hand to answer questions about using the EBM for printing your own books. Come to the party and meet Amsterdam Quarterly’s writers, editors and publisher.

  • Date: Friday, 27 January
  • Time: 6pm
  • Place: 2nd floor, American Book Center, Spui 12, Amsterdam.
  • More information:

About Amsterdam Quarterly

Amsterdam Quarterly is an online tri-quarterly with an annual, print-on-demand yearbook.

AQ publishes poetry, short stories, memoirs, photography and interviews with writers and artists living in Amsterdam, and the rest of the world.

AQ1 featured poetry by Ron Linder and Edward Mycue, short stories by Alison Brown and Philibert Schogt and an interview with Philibert Schogt. AQ2 featured poetry by Iclal Akcay, Daniel Bachhuber, Megan Garr and Eleonore Schönmaier, memoirs by Dan Gustafson and Joan Shore, and an interview with Moira Egan.

Submissions for the next edition of Amsterdam Quarterly

AQ3 is scheduled for publication in April 2012. Its general themes are psychology, parapsychology, and the paranormal, and it will feature poetry by Charles Jensen, fiction by Ron Linder, and non-fiction by Iclal Akcay. The reading period for AQ3 closes on 31 January 2012. Poems should be more no more than two, A4 pages in length, short stories/memoirs, no longer than 7,500 words. Enquiries about publishing photographs or other artwork are also welcome. Email submissions or enquiries to:

In Their Own Write: Authors on the Espresso Book Machine

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Over the last year, our two ABC Espresso Book Machines have printed and bound more than 150 self-published titles, plus countless books from the On Demand Books & Google Books database. That’s hundreds of works – and heaven knows how many actual books –  that would only have existed in bits and bytes, or in the hearts and minds of their authors before the easy and affordable EBM came along.

We’ve been endlessly amazed by the number of different uses people have come up with for our book machines – from school assignments and dissertations, to history books and travelogues, and even art books! We’ve been talking to some of the very first people to use the continent’s first Espresso Book Machines, to find out about their experiences of writing and printing their own book.

Bartjan Hooft  told us about designing and printing his thesis on the EBM.

Tell us about your book.
The title is ‘Building With Tyre Waste: Sustainable options for South Africa’.  It’s technically not a book but can be seen as one. The ‘book’ is a thesis for my Msc in Architecture from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK.

The research looks at how car tire waste can be used, re-used and recycled into building materials in South Africa. The thesis is a scientific document (14000-18000 words) that is structured to answer a specific question.

What was the writing process like?
The whole process took about 8 months. Part of the research was carried out in Durban, South Africa where the initial idea started, and where I had lived for two years. The actual writing happened in Amsterdam, since I moved here in April. The move from South Africa to Amsterdam was unsettling at first, but with time I got accustomed to the new environment and got into writing/working pattern. I think the bad weather this summer also helped, with less incentive to go outside into the sun!

My routine involved waking up early as I discovered that I worked better in the mornings.

What made you want to write?
Thats easy to answer: I had a deadline! The more I came to understand the topic the more interested I became. There is always this threshold in the process and once you pass the hard bit of getting started and figuring out your methodology then the rest becomes more relaxed.

You were one of the first people to use our Espresso Book Machine. How did you find out about it?
I found out about the EBM through a contact who works at the University of Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He had students who had used the EBM and recommended that I try it out considering the urgency of my deadline. At first I was hesitant of doing it with the EBM, mainly because it was a new concept and coming from a graphic background with knowledge of conventional book techniques, the speed and process of the EBM seemed too good to be true. However I did not have much time to consider all the options, as time was running out. I had to bank on somewhere from the start of the book making process and just go for it. I was quickly re-assured by Maria that it was going to work, and a preliminary test showed everything was in the right place.

How did you find the process of making your text into a book?
Well I found it really easy. But I think that is because I am used to working with print layout due to my profession (design architect and visualiser of art projects) and think it would be slightly harder for others if not accustomed to working with pdf documents and book making layout programs. This would be mainly for the cover I think: the text layout is easily done in a word document.

One other thing is working out the measurements for the layout as the EBM does everything in imperial measurements – feet and inches -  making the conversion slightly more difficult. I found that the easiest thing to do here is save your document units as imperial inches – most programs, being American, will allow this – and avoid the need for conversions. It would be good to double check that you are within the area specified by the EBM by doing a conversion to metric millimeters. The EBM publishing guidelines on the website show clearly what is needed in mm as well as inches though.

The specified format for the thesis was A4 but in the case of international students the closest format is accepted. The only bad thing about that is you have to fit everything onto a smaller page. With tables or images that have text, reducing the size makes them harder to read.

The whole experience was very interesting for me. Also the time it takes the EBM to make one of my books was just so fast that I could literally watch it being made. A very cool design I must say as the EBM allows you to look in and see each individual process.

What happened to your book after it was printed?
Four copies have been sent to the examiners in the UK where it’s being read and marked. So I hope that its all good from here. If I ever need another book in this format then the EBM seems the easiest way to do it.

Funnily enough, it’s only after printing it and you have a copy in your hands that you finally realise what you have made. The EBM really makes you feel like you have made a book!