Although digitalization vividly asserts their similarities, there are striking differences.
Self Publishing: Self publishing is a publishing strategy where the author takes responsibility for payment of his work, takes full control of the production process, sometimes edit his work and participate in the promotion. Through the use of various online and offline means, he promotes, advertises and distributes his work. The author get at least half of the proceeds. This type of publishing is limited in scope, lacks quality publishing, lagging in editorial professionalism and demands lots of money. Although self publishers release thousands of books within a year, most of them are usually not ‘noised’ about; rarely advertised by the media. Bookababy.com, createspace.com,bookblurb.com, lulu.com, i-proclaim.com, myebook.com are examples of online self publishers. Nearly all manuscripts are accepted by self publishers and can be published on-line via self-publishing means. They advertise themselves on the internet because they need more authors. The higher the number of authors, the greater their chances of making more money! Lighthouse publishers, Dippers Publishing House, iuniverse, Trafford Publishing Dlite press amongst others are examples of off-line self publishers.