Self-Publishing and Publishing with Bahá'í Publications Australia

This information is for authors seeking to publish manuscripts that are to be integrated into the Bahá'í Distribution Services' automated print-on-demand system. 

There are two means by which an author can publish a title for integration into the Bahá'í Distribution Services' automated print-on-demand system: self-publishing, or publishing with Bahá'í Publications Australia (BPA). However, the Board is not currently receiving submissions for the publishing of new titles, but published work can be reviewed for integration.

Self-publishing
Print-on-demand is a service whereby books are printed when ordered. This reduces the costs and risks associated with printing and storing large volumes of books. Bahá'í Distribution Services has a working relationship with print-on-demand services owned by Ingram Content Group. The service provided by IngramSpark is recommended for authors seeking to publish Bahá'í inspired books because books published by Ingram can be integrated into the Bahá'í Distribution Services' automated print-on-demand system; Ingram has unique expertise in the field of publishing; and Ingram has a worldwide network of printers as well as extensive international distribution channels.

Publishing with Bahá'í Publications Australia
Authors and other content creators can submit reviewed materials for publication to BPA at bpa@bahai.org.au. Submitted materials are assessed to determine the suitability of the title and its relevance to the current stage of the unfoldment of the Divine Plan, as well as anticipated costs associated with publication, which may include editing, graphic design, and manufacture.
Update: BPA is not currently publishing

Comparison of self-publication with Bahá'í Publications Australia
Authors who choose to self-publish using IngramSpark maintain the right to distribute their titles through various distributors. Authors who publish with BPA commit to distribution solely through distribution channels utilised by BPA. However, BPA utilises the distribution channels available through Ingram which includes all major distributors such as Amazon, as well as hundreds of smaller distribution channels.

Self-published authors have responsibility for promotion and distribution of their titles. BPA takes responsibility for the promotion of titles it publishes. In addition to this, authors are encouraged to promote their titles published by BPA.

Whether an author self-publishes or publishes through BPA, the author maintains copyright of the title.

Whether a title is self-published using IngramSpark or published via BPA, BPA consults the author to set the recommended retail price.

 

It is the policy of the National Spiritual Assembly that all products referring to the Bahá'í Faith must be submitted for Bahá'í Review, to ensure accuracy and dignity in the presentation of the Faith. Items can be submitted for review through the national secretariat at secretariat@bnc.bahai.org.au.