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Darth_Sidious
Posts: 36
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

A 108 page, 6x9" hardcover book with dust jacket costs $24+ to print. Why is it so expensive? At bookstores, a similar book would be no more than $15. Why?

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Professor
Ken Anderson
Posts: 11,719
Registered: ‎02-11-2010

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

Those at bookshops are probably printed in very large quantities - ten's or hundred´s of thousands.

Basic business rules apply. 

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james_denham
Posts: 999
Registered: ‎02-11-2010

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

I can understand the hardcover being more expensive to buy, what I don't understand is the cost of postage compared to paperback. Ok they are heavier but not 80% heavier.

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robfed123
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-16-2012

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

Why is a cookbook i published on lulu (110 pages) cost 115$ On other websites its half. The book is 8.5 by 8.5. That leads to another question, when i import the pdf back into lulu, it doesnt offer an 8.5 inch size. the nearest size is 12inches, and i was suprised that a 12 inch book is cheaper to print than the 8.5 inch book i did thru lulu cookbook editor.
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ErinW
Posts: 223
Registered: ‎09-21-2011

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

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Hi robfed123,

The thread you have posted your question to is rather old; in the future, we recommend that you start a new thread with your question instead of adding on to a much older thread.

The price of your book will be determined based on the specifications that you choose. Photo books, Cookbooks, and Poetry Books use a higher quality paper and printing process. You can find pricing information for studio projects such as these here:

http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Product-Information/Photo-Book-Cookbook-amp-Poetry-Book-Prices-amp-Specif...

You could try publishing your cookbook as a regular paperback or hardcover book via the Publish > Books tab, if you want to select options that will lower the cost. You can find pricing information for books published this way here:

http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Product-Information/How-much-will-my-printed-book-cost/ta-p/33671

For a full list of the book sizes and specifications we offer, please see the chart at the bottom of this page:

http://www.lulu.com/publish/books/?cid=nav_bks

 

I hope this information helps!

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kevinlomas
Posts: 17,485
Registered: ‎02-11-2010

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

Hardbacked books created at Lulu are very dear in general. I won't even mention dustjackets!
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Ken Anderson
Posts: 11,719
Registered: ‎02-11-2010

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

Don't mention Dustjackets.

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kevinlomas
Posts: 17,485
Registered: ‎02-11-2010

Re: Why are POD hardcover books so expensive?

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