An increasingly attractive option for authors who wish to publish independently is Print On Demand (P.O.D.). With this business model, instead of stocking a thousand hard copies somewhere, the book is only printed “on demand”—i.e. as it is ordered. This saves the upfront cost of printing, as well as the hassle and potential costs of maintaining and storing inventory.
There are a surprising number of P.O.D. services available. How do you choose among them?
I won’t suggest Option A over Option B. I will note, however, that you need to be careful to compare apples to apples in terms of how arrangements are set up. Not only is it wise to compare final product quality, but also the payment structure. (more…)