POD Publishing

Last week I gave you a glimpse of the upheaval occurring in the publishing world as it moves to meet the demands of the 21st century.  One such move is the rise of print-on-demand publishing, commonly referred to as POD.  Print-on-demand publishing simply means that a book is published only after it is ordered. 

In other words, if a customer wants a copy of a particular book, the publisher is set up to publish a single copy of that book.  Obviously, POD publishing saves the publisher a lot of money and prevents things like remainders, books that bookstores haven’t sold and that they return to the publisher. 

POD publishing is only one of many new and exciting developments in the publishing world. Next week, we’ll touch briefly on the KINDLE and how it has revolutionized the publishing indus

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3 thoughts on “POD Publishing

  1. I’m considering “independant publishing” for a niche book – a children’s book where I have a great outlet. POD keeps the costs down for authors who want to self publish because we don’t have to put out a large amount of money ahead of time and then order a thousand books which we store in our garages and try to figure out what to do next.

    However, I urge everyone who is considering this type of publishing to hire a free-lance editor to help with your manuscripts. We are too close to our own work to see all the little things that can weaken a story. Especially if you’ve never attended a conference or workshop.

    March 12, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    • Excellent comment, Pam! POD publishing should never mean inferior quality. I totally agree about hiring a reputable editor before publishing.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM