What is Print on Demand (POD)?

Paul_LuluPaul_Lulu Admin
edited February 14 in Self-Publishing Overview

Print-on-Demand (POD) is a method of producing books or other media using a digital file. The books are produced only at the time of purchase. Rather than printing a multitude of books in a single run, Print-on-Demand produces books in response to an order. Working from PDF files and printing digitally, POD slashes the upfront cost to print and enables authors to publish without maintaining a stock of books on hand.

Traditional publishers print thousands of copies at once. Although large print runs costs less per copy, the initial cost is much higher. By allowing anyone to access a POD network, any book can be published and made available with no upfront cost for the author.

Additionally, using Print-on-Demand ends the need to for warehouse storage of pre-printed copies, completely eliminates waste from unsold books, and allows printers to be sourced as close to the recipient as possible to minimize transportation.

Thanks to the continual advances in printing technology, POD printers can produce books at the exact same quality as a traditional offset printer. On top of that, POD allows authors to offer an array of print options for a single book, catering to the readers needs and desires - from Full Color to Black & White, Softcover or Hardcover, and even eBooks!
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