Publish Printed Books: Textbooks, Monographs, Theses, etc.

Glasstree is designed to return control to academic authors. Our publishing tools allow academic authors to design and publish books, monographs, theses, and other printed materials specifically for their audience and market.

In the Glasstree publishing tool, authors enter identifying information (metadata) for their book, upload the formatted manuscript, design the cover, and publish their work.


What you need to know

The publishing tool is divided into nine steps. All mandatory fields (designated by *) in a step must be completed before progressing to the next step.

Your entries and selections are automatically saved when you complete a field. At any time before you publish your work, you can return to a previously completed field to edit information or update selections.


Publishing Checklist

As you progress through the publishing tool, you will need the following:

  • Book title and final version of your book description / synopsis / abstract
  • List of authors and contributors
  • Formatted PDF file of your book's interior pages
    - Pages sized to match the book dimensions you wish to publish - i.e. 6x9, 8.5x11, A4, etc.
    - Embed all fonts
    - Flatten all layers
  • Cover design
    - Select from Glasstree's pre-configured covers
    - Upload a custom designed cover using the downloadable template
  • Payment information for all payees including full name, SSN/EIN, and PayPal account information


Step 1: About This Book

Enter the title, description, and categorization details for your work. This information will identify your work in bibliographic databases as well as the Glasstree bookstore and other retail outlets.

Title and Subtitle

The title and subtitle entered here will be registered with international bibliographic databases and catalogs. It will also display on your book cover, the publication page in the Glasstree bookstore, and all other online retail outlets. The title and subtitle text entered here must exactly match the title displayed on the manuscript's title page. Do not include extraneous information in the title field, including edition, volume, or format information.

If this work is published with an ISBN or ISSN, the title cannot be changed following publication.

Description / Abstract

The description text describes or summarizes your work. The text will display on the back cover of your book, on your publication page in the Glasstree bookstore, and all other retail sites.

Field of Study

Select the field of study under which your book will be categorized. Options are based on the US National Academy of Sciences* taxonomy supplemented by additional categories interlinked with BISAC coding.

Additional Information

Select the publication type, peer review status, and intended audience from the available lists. Enter keywords that will help people locate your work using online search engines.

 *We acknowledge the kind contributions of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to our subject classification taxonomy.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 500 Fifth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001 | T. 202.334.2000 Copyright © 2016. National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

Step 2: Authors and Contributors

Click Add Contributor to enter the names and roles for major contributors (author, co-author, editor, etc.) in their order of precedence. Names listed here will be displayed in the same order on your book cover, online product listings, and bibliographic databases.

  • Choose Person or Institution and complete all mandatory fields.
  • Click Save to save entry.
  • To add another contributor, click Add Contributor.
  • Repeat this process until all authors and contributors are listed.
  • Enter the author and institution names in the same order and spelled exactly as they appear on your manuscript's title page.
  • Reorder contributors by dragging and dropping an entry into the desired position.

To aid in citation tracking, enter each contributor's Open Researcher Contributor Identification (ORCID) to be associated with the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned to the work.

Publishing Note: List secondary or minor contributors on your book's acknowledgments page.


Step 3: Copyright Information

Select a copyright license type. Choose whether you wish to assign an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to your work. Note that an ISBN is required if you wish to sell this work on retail sites other than Glasstree. You must also assign an ISBN if you wish to apply a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to this book.


Choose the copyright license under which you will publish this work.

  • No Rights Reserved (Public Domain)
  • Some Rights Reserved (Creative Commons)
  • All Rights Reserved (Standard Copyright)

When an option is selected, additional information about the license and its usage displays.


An ISBN identifies a book by its title, author(s), edition, format, and distributor. If you wish to sell your book on retail sites other than the Glasstree bookstore, it must be published with an ISBN. Additionally, an ISBN is required if your book will be tagged with a DOI - regardless of where it will be distributed for purchase.

If you believe you will need to review a proof and potentially make any changes before finalizing, please create a book in PRIVATE Access and DO NOT apply an ISBN. Once you have ordered a copy and reviewed your proof, you can duplicate the project to add the ISBN and select Sales Intent.

Enter the Copyright Holder's name and the Copyright Year

Choose from the following ISBN requirement options:

  • No and I don't need one
    Your book is being printed for personal use or will only be available for purchase in the Glasstree bookstore. This option is the best one to choose when first publishing your book in order to see a proof copy.
  • No, but I would like to get one
    Glasstree will provide a free ISBN that will be registered with your book's identifying information. Your book will be reported to retailers and bibliographic databases as being published under the Glasstree imprint.
  • Yes, I want to add it to my book now
    Enter the ISBN and Imprint name. Click Assign ISBN to apply your previously purchased and registered ISBN to this book.

Publishing Note: If you wish to add a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to your book, it must be published with an ISBN. Once a book is published with an ISBN, identifying information and book format cannot be changed. To change title, author, book size, binding, publisher or distributor information of a published book you must create a new project and publish with a new ISBN.

Publishing Note: You cannot reuse an ISBN, even if it's from Lulu Press.


Text for your copyright notice is generated based on your licensing and ISBN selections. If your manuscript's copyright page does not include a copyright notice, click Copy to copy this text. Then paste it onto your manuscript's copyright page.


Step 4: Upload

The PDF file you upload for the interior of your book must be one file that includes all front matter (title page, copyright notice, table of contents, preface, etc.), main text, and back matter (glossary, index, appendices, etc.). The file must be formatted and sized properly for the book you wish you create. Currently available print sizes include:

  • US Letter (8.5" x 11")
  • US Trade / Octavo (6" x 9")
  • Digest / Half Letter (5.5" x 8.5")
  • Executive (7" x 10")
  • A4 (8.26" x 11.69")

The available book trim sizes and print options in the Product Configuration step are determined by the page dimensions of your uploaded file.

Your PDF must also comply with the following requirements:

  • Min / Max pages = 31 - 800 pages
  • All fonts must be embedded
  • Max file size = 250MB

Glasstree will analyze your PDF file to ensure it complies with all requirements. The results of this analysis are displayed upon completion of the upload. If issues are detected, a failure notice displays along with a list of issues to be corrected.

If you receive a failure notification during upload, make the suggested corrections to your manuscript file and re-upload it.


Step 5: Product Configuration

The book's trim size, paper, and binding are selected for you based on the dimensions of the uploaded PDF file. These options are locked and cannot be changed.

Select the ink, print quality, and cover finish options for your work.

Your book's manufacturing cost displays and updates based on the options you select.


Step 6: Sales Intent

Choose whether to keep your book private for personal use or to make it available for purchase in the Glasstree bookstore. You may change this option at anytime.

  • Keep it private
    When set to private access, a book can only be viewed by the author when logged into their Glasstree account. The book will not be returned in search results. Use this setting if you wish to order a review copy of your book prior to making it available for purchase or you are printing for your personal use.
  • Glasstree Bookstore
    Your book will be listed for purchase in the Glasstree Bookstore. Your book will also be returned in online search results.
  • On Ingram and other retailers
    This option is not yet available, but is forthcoming.


Step 7: Cover Design

You may choose to publish using a Glasstree cover design or upload a custom cover.

Generate Cover

The Glasstree publishing tool generates a branded book cover that displays the title, subtitle, and author names on the front cover and spine. The description text, ISBN barcode, and Glasstree logo display on the back cover. Color options are available.  

Upload Cover

If you prefer to upload custom designed cover art, the file dimensions will be provided, along with a template, based on the number of pages in your interior file. Your cover art must include the title, subtitle, and author name(s) spelled exactly as they are displayed on the manuscript’s title page. You must also include the ISBN barcode which is generated on this template in your cover design.

Note: Templates are generated based on the book's trim size and the number of pages included in the interior file you uploaded. If you edit and replace the interior file, download a new cover template and adjust the cover dimensions as necessary.

DO NOT move or re-position the front cover, spine, or back cover. The cover template is created using the specifications required to consistently produce your cover.


Step 8: Pricing

If you choose to offer your work for sale, you set the retail price and determine the revenue you will earn from each purchase. If you choose to publish for private use, there is no need to set a retail price. You may purchase your book at its manufacturing price plus tax and shipping. 

Price Calculation

Enter a list price for your work. You may set the list price for your book at or above it's manufacturing price.  Any amount above the manufacturing price is considered revenue. Net profits and revenue splits are calculated based on the list price. Total revenue is the amount authors earn from sales of this book.


Enter payment information for all authors, contributors and/or institutions who will receive revenue from sales of this work. At least one Payee must be created before your work can be listed in bookstores for purchase.

For all payees, enter the following information:

  • First and last name
  • US residence status
  • PayPal email address and preferred currency
  • Address and phone number
  • Taxpayer ID or Social Security Number

Click Add a Payee for additional payees forms.

When there are multiple payees, you must assign a percent of revenue to each payee. Select the payee and enter the percentage they will earn from sales of this work. When assigning individual revenue shares, the sum of all shares must equal 100%.

If all payees will share equally in revenues, click Share Evenly.

 Tax Information

Glasstree is located in the United States of America and is subject to US tax laws. When we make a royalty payment, we are required to withhold default US income taxes for sales made or delivered within the United States. To change the default withholding percentage, each payee must download, complete, and upload the tax form displayed next to their name in this section.


Step 9: Review and Publish

Before you publish your work, review the size, print options, publishing fees, and cover design. Please also download and review your print-ready interior and cover files.

Complete the pre-publication checklist to confirm your work complies with all publishing requirements. If necessary, you may edit or update any of the information in the above steps prior to publishing.

Important Note: If your book includes an ISBN, the title, subtitle, and author names will be locked following publication meaning they cannot be edited. Take a moment now to confirm the title, subtitle, and authors listed on your book's title page exactly match the information entered in the fields above.

Click Pay and Publish to select your publishing package and publish your book.  Once your publishing fee is paid, the book will be published. If you selected to sell your book in the Glasstree Bookstore, your listing will be active and available for purchase within minutes. If you selected to keep your work private, you may access your book from the publications page within your Glasstree account.

Once you finish the publication, it cannot be revised, and only certain pieces of information can be edited. Any changes you wish to make after this point, will require making a new project utilizing the Duplicate function in your account.

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