5 Common Misconceptions about Print On Demand (POD)
With the introduction of digital printing and print on demand (POD), the book industry has changed dramatically, but there are still many misconceptions about POD. Go Publish Yourself, an IngramSpark Self-Publishing Podcast, is a weekly look at the self-publishing process.
Offset Printing vs Print On Demand
With offset printing, an indie author would have to pay to print thousands of copies of their book, putting a heavy financial burden on the independent writer not published by a traditional publishing house. With digital printing and POD, the need for large offset print runs has been eliminated.
1. Independent Bookstores Won’t Carry POD Authors
Books published with IngramSpark show significant inventory levels in Ingram’s ordering system, letting booksellers know the title is available. Because POD titles are not printed in advance, bookstores sometimes shift to titles they can acquire quickly.
2. Distributors Don’t Carry POD Authors
If an author is working with a distributor, it is up to the author to market the book to customers who purchase their books through these wholesalers. Most distributors have advertising opportunities that authors should take advantage of.
What is a POD version of a book?
Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which a company does not print book copies (or other documents) until it receives an order, allowing for single or small-quantity printing.
What does POD mean in publishing?
With the introduction of digital printing and print on demand (POD) over the last 15 years, the book industry has changed dramatically. With change or advancements in any industry comes doubt, confusion, and misinformation.
How does print on demand work books?
Print on demand is a book distribution method that is made possible by, and inseparable from, digital printing. It prints books only in response to orders, and only prints the exact amount ordered. Because of the capabilities of digital printing, print on demand can profitably fill an order for one book.
Whats does POD mean?
POD (Payable On Death)
Does Amazon do POD?
Amazon has a Print-On-Demand (POD) option, which is ideal for self-publishing indie authors on a tight budget.
What is a pod in distribution?
POD stands for two things: 1. Port of Discharge: a location where a vessel discharges or unloads some or all of its cargo; and 2. Proof of Delivery: a document signed by the recipient confirming the receipt of goods in good condition.
What is a pod in academic writing?
POD in Academic Writing As previously stated, POD stands for pay on delivery, and it is one of the most common payment methods used by academic writers. POD means that a writer is paid when an assignment is delivered.
What is the difference between Ingram spark and Lightning Source?
Lightning Source is for mid to large publishers looking for a more expansive, hands-on publishing service from Ingram. IngramSpark is for independent publishers or self-published authors looking for Ingram’s high-quality, professional products and services.
What sizes are books?
For your convenience, the following are the standard book sizes in inches:
- 4.25 x 6.87, 5 x 8, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9.
- Novella: 5 x 8.
- Children’s: 7.5 x 7.5, 7 x 10, 10 x 8.
- Textbooks: 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 11.
- Non-fiction: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10″
- Memoir: 5.25 x 8, 5.5
Does Amazon print hardcover books?
You can’t publish hardcover books directly through Amazon; you’ll need to use a workaround and publish your book through another printing company first. Other book printing companies, such as Lulu, work with independent authors as well, but their hardcover print-on-demand books don’t look as nice.
How much does Amazon charge to publish a book?
When you upload your book, Amazon tells you what their costs are — $2.50 for a 150-page book, for example. You don’t pay for book printing; instead, you collect a commission whenever it sells. You’re also in charge of the price and associated commission.
Can you make money from print on demand?
The profit margins are low, but there’s no real effort involved in making that money; the only time you’ll spend is initially setting up your designs, product templates, and Etsy store; everything else is automated, and there’s nothing to lose with no start-up fees.