4. Do I have to pay for this service?
No. Since this is a print on demand service, it doesn't cost LAP Lambert anything to keep your work on file. They only print a copy when it is ordered online.
10. What royalties will I earn from publishing my work with LAP Lambert?
Authors get paid 12% royalty after taking into account discounts and other factors. The royalty payments translate into 5.6% of the book's selling price. Where royalties average less than 50 Euro a month, the author is given book vouchers for other LAP Lambert stock. An author's share is usually always under this because at the average rate of 80 Euro a book, it means they would have to sell 11 copies a month to exceed the 50 Euro threshold, which is difficult since the company does not undertake any marketing on behalf of the author.
12. Will this help my academic career?
The best way to establish your academic career is to publish in reputable peer reviewed academic journals or conferences depending on your specific discipline. If you choose to write books, try and publish it with well known publishers. In academia, where you publish is almost as important as what you publish! Publishing in sources that are not peer-reviewed can adversely affect your academic career.
7. Will I retain the copyright to my work?
If you publish your work with LAP Lambert, they will retain 20% of the copyright. Hence, if you want to publish your work elsewhere (e.g. in academic journals) you need to be cautious of this in order not to infringe copyright restrictions.
8. Which 20% of my work will I retain the copyright to?
Splitting copyright into percentages is a complicated matter. It could limit further publication potential. While Lambert allows the author to reuse 80% of the material in another form, journals do not publish material that has been previously published. Hence, this could adversely affect the opportunity to have your work accepted in a reputed peer-reviewed journal. Journals also have restrictions on the re-publication of material once they have accepted it for publication.
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