Self-publishing

With University Book Store Press, you can make your manuscript a reality. A collection of recipes or poems, a personal or family history, or even an anthology of writing by a group of classmates—if you have the text, we can print and bind it for you right in the store on our state-of-the-art Espresso Book Machine.


What we offer you.

We're much more flexible and can fit your timeline. We're here to help if you need design and formatting advice or assistance! And we're affordable and are able to print as many or as few copies of your book as you want.

Give us a call or send us an email to find out more.


Pricing & Guidelines

Basic Publishing Package/Special Print Jobs (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Submission Guidelines (Adobe Acrobat PDF)


Millions of titles, minutes away

Readers, we apologize. You know how we've always had a huge selection of titles from all sorts of genres? Remember how hard it's been to not leave the store with a pile of books, enough to fill weeknights and weekends with reading pleasure?

Well, we just got an Espresso Book Machine, which gives us access to another three million books, most of which we can print and bind for you within minutes, and at affordable prices. Out of print books. Hard to find books. Classics you haven't seen in years. Academic books from small presses. Poetry and fiction from around the world.

Warn your bookshelves. Reinforce your nightstand. Exercise your page-flipping finger. And when you feel ready, come in and ask us about the Espresso Book Machine.

FAQs

What does the Espresso Book Machine actually do?
The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) downloads, prints, and binds quality paperback books while you watch.
Can I come watch it print books?
Yes! The EBM is right out on the sales floor in our U District store. The EBM bindery is encased in plexiglass so you can watch the robotic binding process from start to finish. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with our EBM staff person at 206.545.9477 x611.
I have a book request. Can I get it printed on your machine?
Please ask at our information desk. With over 2 million public domain titles available through Google Books and over 1 million print-on-demand titles from local and international publishers, we are able to print a brand new copy of, say, a local mystery like The Seattle Barista Killer, or 19th century Northwest travel adventure like The Canoe and the Saddle, or many, many others.
Click here for a fully searchable internet database just for EBM titles.
Will these books look different from the books I'm used to?
No. EBM is designed to print, bind, and trim perfect-bound paperback books with full color covers and high quality black-and-white interiors. EBM books are indistinguishable from any other paperback books on our shelves, but they don't require expensive shipping and storage, so they're more environmentally friendly than ordering a book online.
I have a self-publishing project in the works. Can I use the Espresso Book Machine to publish my own book?
Yes. University Book Store is offering printing packages for authors now. Whether you’re looking to print a family history for a holiday gift or want to finally get your novel or experimental prose poem collection published, you will be able to work with our EBM staff to create the professional–quality book you want. Call 206.545.9477 x611 or email publish@ubookstore.com for details.
Why is University Book Store so excited about this new technology?
The EBM significantly expands the many services we are able to provide for our customers. We want to be able to offer you quick access to the book of your choice. EBM-printed books save expensive shipping costs and allow independent bookstores like us to offer millions more titles on demand. EBM books are great for the environment and support our local literary community. The possibilities are endless!
Does your Espresso Book Machine have a name?
Other EBM’s have acquired names like "Lurch" (an early model), "Ginger," and "Paige M. Gutenborg." We call our Book Machine Homer, ever since one of our book staff discovered our EBM looks bizarrely similar to the doughnut–making machine in Robert McCloskey’s Homer Price. Come in and see why!
I have more questions. Is there someone I can talk to or email?
Yes. Feel free to contact our EBM staff:

University Book Store Press Self-Published Titles:

Nabokov's Grader and Other Stories by Earl Ganz

Nabokov's Grader & Other Stories

by Earl Ganz

“Here are fiercely realized stories that document the tribulations and wonders of marriage, family and literary ambition. A stunning work by a consummate professional. Nabokov's Grader & Other Stories is a must read.”

– Rick Demarinis

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $13.95

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Caregiver's Guide to Throat Cancer by Susan Grant

Caregiver's Guide to Throat Cancer

by Susan Grant

A Caregiver's Guide to Throat Cancer offers a wealth of practical tips, tricks, and advice to help you make it through this tumultuous and challenging time. If you or a loved one has throat cancer, there's no need for you to reinvent the wheel. Grant's no-nonsense and often humorous approach may be "just what the doctor ordered" to help patients and caregivers get organized, get informed, and stay positive. Tips and information include: what symptoms and treatments to expect; questions to ask your medical team; recommendations on how to manage your mountain of medical bills; advice on nutrition and recipes for delicious, homemade meals; shopping lists for everything you'll need; and much more. Consider this book your personal coach, cheerleader, and humor guru. Here's to your success!

“This book will serve as an anchor, a reference, and a lifeline during the treatment of any head and neck cancer. Down-to-earth advice from someone who has been there and back.”

– Annie Murphy, M.D. and Medical Oncologist

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $19.95

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The Baron Would Be Proud by Mike Jack Stoumbos

The Baron Would Be Proud

by Mike Jack Stoumbos

Mike Jack Stoumbos, a young Seattle playwright and recent UW graduate, brings you his debut narrative in the form of this fanciful folk tale which demonstrates the triumph of love against even the most daunting whimsy. With its cast of charming characters, historical anecdotes, literary allusions, and a fresh farce with each new day, The Baron Would Be Proud is certainly a story for storytellers everywhere.

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $17.95

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Seattle 1900-1920 by Richard Berner

Seattle 1900-1920

by Richard Berner

“Berner's classic history of Seattle, exclusively available on our Espresso Book Machine.”

– Tera

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $15.00

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Studying Abroad in Greece: Tips and Reflections by Taso Lagos

Studying Abroad in Greece: Tips & Reflections

by Taso Lagos

Studying Abroad in Greece: Tips and Reflections is the result of the personal and professional experiences of both authors and is rooted in the idea of promoting international exchange as a necessity rather than a luxury. Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, Lagos and Lim's book weaves together practical information as well as relevant, personal experiences to help students best prepare for studying abroad in Greece. While the book targets a fairly University of Washington-centric audience, the overall message, tips, and suggestions can be useful to any student intending to study abroad in Greece.

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $5.95

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Hoarse 5: Professor by Hoarse Literary Journal

Hoarse 5: Professor

by Hoarse Literary Journal

“Hoarse is an up-and-coming, Seattle based literary journal that you shouldn't miss. Printed in house!”

– Anna

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $9.00

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Hoarse 6: Undercover by Hoarse Literary Journal

Hoarse 6: Undercover

by Hoarse Literary Journal

“Hoarse is an up-and-coming, Seattle based literary journal that you shouldn't miss. Printed in house!”

– Anna

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $9.00

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The Remarkable Voyage of HMS Racoon 1813-14 by Mike Rees

The Remarkable Voyage of HMS Racoon 1813-14

by Mike Rees

This is a transcription of a Remark Book written by the British captain of HMS Racoon during the 18 month voyage to capture Fort Astoria in 1813-14. It has been buried in the UK Admiralty archives for almost 200 years. Their adventure included losing part of the ship's keel while crossing the Columbia River bar – it showed up on the beach in 1973 and is now on display in the Astoria Columbia River Maritime Museum. The book includes the complete unabridged transcription, illustrations, and explanatory notes by the author.

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $12.95

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My Summer of Magnified English by Michael Matewauk

My Summer of Magnified English

by Michael Matewauk

An aspiring writer takes a strange cross-country trip to various Mark Twain landmarks on a hunch that the famed humorist caused the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Searching for clues at three of Twain's old historic homes leads to a "gonzo-like" spur-of-the-moment detour down along the Mississippi river, through the South, to New Orleans to witness the effects of the blast firsthand, and see the gusher that started one hundred years (and one day) after Twain's death — timed exactly to when he wanted his autobiography published and released to the public.

Paperback • EBM Staff Favorites • $14.99

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The Rockfish's Warning by Donald Gunderson

The Rockfish's Warning

by Donald Gunderson

What is the rockfish's warning? That our current way of life simply isn't sustainable! Don Gunderson explores evolutionary biology, fisheries science, and the history of resource management for a way out of this dilemma. He exposes the powerful and entrenched forces that resist sustainable management, and outlines the fundamental changes that must be made if they are to be overcome. More often than not, inadequate science and shortsighted cultural systems have resulted in resource collapse and degraded ecosystems. Nevertheless, several examples of successful resource management also exist, and serve as a source of hope and guidance for the future. Anyone interested in sustainable societies will enjoy this book.

Paperback • Marine Science • $13.95

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Country Without Memory by John Lesage

Country Without Memory

by John Lesage

“Rarely does a work manage to add a new layer of texture to the well-trodden territory of American history, but that is exactly what Lesage has done. By visiting the sites where our history was made, he has united place, person and event in a unique way. His observations of history have clearly benefited from his first-hand experiences, and through his writing, so do we. A Country without Memory is a true delight to read.”

– Soph Jones

Paperback • Ebm Staff Favorites • $14.00

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Storyteller Uprising by Hanson Hosein

Storyteller Uprising

by Hanson Hosein

“Hanson Hosein shows how a timeless practice--storytelling--can take on new and powerful meanings through the rapidly changing world of media and communications.”

– Anna

Paperback • Media • $12.00

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With A Little Help by Cory Doctorow

With A Little Help

by Cory Doctorow

“You have to get your hands on Cory Doctorow's DIY publishing project! With a Little Help is a collection of stories available instantly (and in book format) on our Book Machine. You choose 1 of 4 different covers. We print it for you. If you find any typos you can email Cory and he'll update the next printed copy with the typo fix and your name in the footnotes. Now, who says print can't be interactive??”

– Anna

Paperback • Sf/fantasy Paperback • $10.00

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Brush, Ink, Mind by Frederic Wong

Brush, Ink, Mind

by Frederic Wong

“A beautiful, meditative guide to Chinese calligraphy and painting.”

– Pam

Paperback • Painting Asian Tech/calligraphy • $13.00

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