What is Tablo?

How Tablo works, what we can do for you, and what makes us different.

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Written by Ash Davies
Updated over a week ago

Tablo is a publishing platform for real books. We make it simple to self-publish eBooks, paperbacks and hardcover books and sell them in stores.

Start writing a book in minutes. Rearrange chapters by dragging them into place, apply formatting styles with a click, and transform the look of your book all as you write it. When done, preview your actual pages before you print or publish.

What can I do with Tablo?

The heart of Tablo is a space to format and publish your book. It works in your browser, so there’s no need to install any software.

If you are planning a book, writing or book or looking for somewhere to publish your book, you can use Tablo to:

  • Create: Create a book from scratch in seconds with our free book editor.

  • Continue writing: Upload your writing, and we will transform it into a Tablo book for you to continue working on. We support Microsoft Word documents.

  • Publish or print file-free: Tablo will prepare all print files, and publish it as a real book, with an ISBN, and sold in over 39,000 stores with Ingram's distribution.

  • Publish or print a PDF: Upload your PDF, preview it, and click to publish it to stores or order print copies.

What types of books can I publish?

Tablo allows you to publish eBooks, paperback and hardcover books. Magazines, periodicals, calendars, or spiral bound books are not supported.

Examples of genres we publish include fiction, nonfiction and memoir, children's picture books, comic books, cookbooks, and guided journals and workbooks.

Who uses Tablo?

  • Part-time and casual writers who write for fun and enjoy expressing themselves. They publish for their friends, their family or their community.

  • Indie writers looking to go professional. These writers are ambitious — they want to find readers, earn money, and create an author business.

  • Successful multi-book author-entrepreneurs who have mastered book writing and promotion and run their own author business.

  • Professionals and leaders who have a personal brand to build upon, and a following that's already primed to pay for their insights or first-hand knowledge.

  • Experts in a niche field who are wired in to their audience. Our deep distribution networks help them find readers in their narrow topic area.

What sets Tablo apart?

Unlike a do-it-all-yourself solution, Tablo makes publishing simple and collaborative.

  • All formatting, layout, typesetting and printer files are done by us, not you.

  • After publishing, your real book will be sold to 39,000 stores via Ingram's distribution — the largest network available to self-published authors.

How safe is Tablo?

We take security seriously. Your connection to our website is encrypted. You can check this by looking in the address bar of your browser. A "https" confirms your data is secured by an SSL certificate as it is passes from your browser to Tablo's server.

We rely on Stripe to securely process and accept payments. This includes SSL protection and PCI compliance for credit card transactions.

Any book you create is private. When you import your manuscript to Tablo.com, or use Tablo to print or publish, you may upload a Word, PDF or image file (JPG or PNG). Files you upload are securely maintained on Tablo’s servers, and are not accessible to anyone outside of Tablo.

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