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A vanity press or vanity publisher is a publishing house that publishes books at the author's expense. The term 'vanity' comes from the belief that anyone who uses this type of publishing must be vain and that they just want to see their name on the cover of a book. Because of this, it is not a recommended publishing method for authors who are making a concerted effort to make money as a career writers, build their reputations, and/or mass-distribute their work. Johnathon Clifford claims to have coined the term in 1959.

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