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Glasstree: FAQ

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Who is the publisher - me or Glasstree?
What rights does Glasstree have over my work?
How much does it cost to publish with Glasstree?
Is Glasstree a vanity press?
Can I use Glasstree in conjunction with another publishing company?
Is Glasstree appropriate for printing a few copies?
Will all orders of my book look like the proof copy?
What kind of digital press does Glasstree use?
How do I get answers to questions not in the FAQs?

Who is the publisher - me or Glasstree?

You, as the creator, are both the copyright holder and publisher of all works created and distributed using the tools and services available on the Glasstree website. Therefore, when creating your work's copyright page, you should list yourself as the copyright holder and publisher. If you wish, you may list Glasstree as the distributor. 
 

Please keep in mind:

  • A copyright page will not be automatically created for texts published on Glasstree. Authors are responsible for creating this page and recording themselves as the copyright holder (Copyright © Year by YOUR NAME) and publisher of their work (Published by <PUBLISHER NAME>). To assist authors, Glasstree will generate copyright text in the publishing tool based on the publishing license selected. Authors may then copy and paste this text onto their copyright page.
  • If you publish with a free Glasstree ISBN, Glasstree will register the publishing information (metadata) for your publication with bibliographic services.
  • Glasstree does not register ISBNs with the United States of America Library of Congress or any other country-specific copyright office.
  • If you choose to use an ISBN purchased from either Glasstree or another provider, you must enter the bibliographic information (title, author, format, publisher, etc.) required to associate the ISBN with your book. As a best practice, you should list the same information on your copyright page that was used to register your ISBN.

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What rights does Glasstree have over my work?

Glasstree holds no publishing rights or copyright on your work and makes no claims or restrictions on the ownership of your work. Rights and copyrights remain with you as the author and creator. You continue to own the rights in your name or, if you have contractual arrangements, on behalf of others.

Your purchase and use of any Glassleaf publishing services does not undermine your rights or copyright. Glasstree complies with the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). As such, we will do everything we can to discourage the violation of intellectual property rights. The Content section of the Membership Agreement outlines rights maintained by both Glasstree and the account holder.

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How much does it cost to publish with Glasstree?

There was no cost for publishing printed books or eBooks on Glasstree until May 2017. Low cost publishing fees have now been implemented for authors and are detailed here.

Glasstree does not charge authors and institutions large publishing fees nor do we enforce minimum guaranteed purchases. Instead, Glasstree earns a small commission when your content is purchased. Glasstree's commission is 30% of the profit for printed and eBooks.

The purchase price and profits earned from sales are determined by the author. Prices can be set at any amount above the book's manufacturing cost. Prices for specific products are displayed in the publishing tool.

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Is Glasstree a vanity press?

Glasstree is a technology company focused on the publishing needs of the academic community, not a vanity press. Vanity presses typically offer many services, all of which must be paid for in advance. It is not unusual for vanity presses to require an initial order of hundreds of copies of any book they print. Glasstree offers print-on-demand manufacturing, as well as providing a marketplace for you to distribute and/or sell your work.

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Can I use Glasstree in conjunction with another publishing company?

Glasstree does not restrict the marketing of your work, but other companies may do so. We recommend that you fully understand the terms and conditions of all businesses with which you deal. We urge authors to take advantage of all the sales venues available to them and to share their success with us and other authors.

Note: If you published your book with a free Glasstree ISBN, you must obtain a new ISBN if you choose to publish your book with another publisher.

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Is Glasstree appropriate for printing just a few copies?

At Glasstree there is no minimum order. Your colleagues, students, or university bookstores make their own purchases or you can purchase the copies you need and distribute them yourself.

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Will all orders of my book look like the proof copy?

The Glasstree global network of printers produces books based on the best fit for the job in a given region of the world. Some of the determining factors are: book size, binding type, order quantity, page count, delivery destination, etc. We take great pains to ensure consistency in look and feel for our printed products, but there can be slight variations in printing and binding between orders. This variation is not a workmanship or manufacturing defect and does not qualify for a refund or return. 
 
 

What kind of digital press does Glasstree use?

Glasstree's global network of printers utilizes a variety of the latest digital print technology:

  • Our b/w interiors are printed on a combination of Kodak, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, and Oce equipment.
  • Our color products are printed on a combination of HP, Xerox, Xiekon, and Kodak equipment.

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How do I get answers to questions not in the FAQs?

Our peer-to-peer Community Forums are a good place to get help. In the forums you can interact with other members of the Glasstree community. Moderators also post notices in the Announcements forum about updates to the Glasstree site as well as reported issues that are being examined by our engineering team. 

TIP: If you are having a problem using the Glasstree publishing tools, it is likely that someone else has had the same problem. A simple search of the forums may provide you with the information you require. Just remember, as in all professions, the terms used in publishing can be very specific, so make sure your search includes words specific to the issue you encountered. If your search does not provide the answers you seek, please create a discussion thread and someone will offer to assist you.

To initiate a forum discussion, go the Community page, click on the appropriate forum title (General Discussion, Publish, Writers' Workshop, etc.) and click the + New Post button. A few things to keep in mind when posting and responding in the forums:

  • The community forums are intended to serve as a peer-to-peer support group. All members are volunteers. Glasstree employees are easily identified by their user names.
  • Community forum members cannot access your account; therefore you should contact our Support Team with issues specific to your user account (i.e. password changes, revenue reporting, purchases, payment information, print issues, etc.).
  • When you post to the forums, give your posts a clear subject describing your problem, such as "How do I add contributors?" or "How do I change the page size in my PDF?" This makes it easier for other authors to benefit from the answer to your inquiry.
  • Your language and subject matter should be suitable for all age groups and people of all comfort levels.
  • Please stay on topic and be civil. A pleasant demeanor usually results in friendly responses from your fellow authors.
  • Inappropriate messages will be edited, moved to a more appropriate forum or deleted at the moderator's discretion.
You may also contact support if your question is not answered to your satisfaction.
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