Print-on-demand technology (also known as POD or publishing-on-demand) is a fantastic option for self-publishing authors because it means you will avoid investing heavily in large print runs or paying hefty warehousing fees.
How it works
We will help you to set up accounts with the best print-on-demand platforms in the business: Create Space and Ingram Spark (read more about these two POD platforms here). Then, when a customer orders a copy of your book, either online or in person at a bookshop, our print-on-demand printers will seamlessly fulfil the order by printing and shipping a single copy of your book straight away. Print-on-demand means that no stock is actually held in a warehouse and you will never have to risk printing books without knowing whether they will sell or not. It also means that customers can order your book from any country and get it within just a few days, as our printers have factories all over the world.
The advantages of print-on-demand
Great print quality
Print-on-demand technology has now caught up with traditional printing giving self-publishing authors a wide range of high quality choices. You can now opt for a full colour or hardback edition in a wide variety of sizes. Print-on-demand is no longer just for black and white paperbacks.
Get paid faster and track sales
You get paid at the end of every month for your print-on-demand book sales, and can log on to a dashboard to get live sales data at any time. Gone are the days of waiting for biannual royalty reports. What’s more, we don’t take a cut – the print-on-demand platforms will pay you directly and you will keep 100% of the profits.
Make changes easily
As there is no stock held with print-on-demand, it’s easy to make changes to either the cover or the interior of your book at a later stage. Just contact us with your required changes and we will update the files and re-upload them for you. This is great if you notice a minor error that you want to correct or want to add something like a nice review quote to your book cover. In either case, the change can be made and the new edition will be live within a week.
As well as fulfilling customer orders, we can arrange print runs that range from just one copy to thousands. Regardless of the size, we use some of the best printers in the world, from off-set and litho (who can do all sorts of fancy things like foils, spot UV, exposed spines and more) to print-on-demand.
If you would like some advice on printing options and costs, please give us a call on +44 (0) 203 488 0565 so that we can advise you on the printing service that’s right for you.