This post was originally published in February 2015. The links in the original post have been updated. The pricing break-up in INR or Indian Rupee terms remains in the ballpark even today. This was confirmed during a discussion in a Facebook group for Indian authors in December 2021. Exchange rate in Feb 2022 is 1 US Dollar = approximate 75 Indian Rupees. You may adjust the US Dollar figures accordingly.
– Thanks, Amar Vyas. February 2022
What is the Cost of self publishing a book in India?
Call it epiphany, or a combination of circumstances, or a mere coincidence. Earlier this week, I decided that I should write a post on how much self-publishing NRI:Now Returned to India cost me. That was on Monday. By Thursday morning, I had the draft ready, but then two events prompted me to re-write this post and publish it a day later. On Thursday evening, the moderator of the Nanowrimo India group on Facebook posted an article from The Write Life, which discusses the costs incurred by four authors on self publishing their books. That article prompted a discussion within the group, and some members shared their costs- which ranged from Rupees 15,000 (around 250 U.S dollars at the current exchange rate) to Rupees 150,000 (or about 2,500 dollars). The latter cost has been incurred by yours truly. And that’s what prompted me to re-write this post.