Print On Demand Book Publishing

Written by Christa Gatewood
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The term print on demand (POD) publishing is used in a couple different ways in the industry. Loosely it describes the technology that allows you to print as few as one book at a time. This technology has opened the publishing industry to those who might have previously been excluded by the high price of large-run book production.

There are basically two kinds of POD publishers. There are fee-charging PODs and non-fee-charging PODs. The difference between the two is obvious and there are benefits and detriments associated with both types. You have to look at the services offered by both types of companies, and choose what best works for you.

Should You Use Print on Demand Publishing?

Deciding whether to use print on demand publishing is a matter of preference and practicality, but you should know what to expect. Because the publishing industry has been so exclusive over the years, it is reluctant to welcome the POD crowd with open arms. Books published by POD companies can and will receive friction in the marketplace. It will be hard to get the book reviewed, and some outlets may refuse to sell it. That said, POD publishing does offer a number of benefits trade publishing does not.

POD book publishing is a way to get published when trade publishing houses turn you down. This type of publishing is less expensive than having a large run of books produced and it is faster. You will not end up with boxes of your books left over at the end, either. You also retain the rights to your book and have complete creative control over the manuscript. The royalties paid to authors are often higher than at traditional publishing houses. When it comes down to it, you have to decide what's right for you.

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