The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine is absolutely necessary or an utter waste of time. For the author who is prepared to do the work of self publishing themselves, this book is a waste of time. If you are interested in hiring a self publishing company, then you need this book.
Mark Levine has a legal background and a passion for the rights of the author, both of which show as he clearly and extensively evaluates the major self publishing companies and lays out which ones are worth dealing with and which ones will only rip you off. He examines the various parts of a self publishing contract, and which phrases are warning signs of a contract that you will regret in later years.
Sadly, a significant portion of self publishing companies are not good for the author. Because of the sheer number of scam companies and unethical practices out there, the book can often come across as negative or disillusioning. However there are several outstanding and good self publishing companies as well. If you want to hire a self publishing company, getting this book can save you thousands of dollars, massive headaches, and the rights to your books.