Even the big publishers have started their versions of vanity presses, where you pay them to publish your book, and maybe even buy one of their expensive marketing programs. They, too, have discovered they can make money from your dreams without even selling one copy of your book.
Maybe a vanity press is right for you, especially if you just want a book to hold in your hand and to give to your family members, and you don't want to deal with any hassles or learning curve. Just be smart and understand what you are getting for the money, besides a high-priced book.
From the Alliance of Independent Authors:
5 Reasons Authors Fall for Vanity Presses