The safest bet for a self-publisher is digital media, due to the fact that investment is minimal, you don’t have to sell many copies to recover your investment, and you are free to keep your book on digital shelves for as long as you want, among other reasons. What options does a self-publisher have to bring their book to life on print media? Self-publishers have a few choices of how to get your book printed: vanity publishing, subsidy publishing, off-set printing or Print on Demand (P.O.D.).
Vanity and subsidy publishers print and bind books at the author’s expense and offer packages that include editing, cover design, interior design, distribution, and marketing. Authors maintain all rights to the books.
Offset printing, this method is mainly used by major publishing houses. Offset printing is when you hire a book printer to print and bind a large volume of books, usually 2,500 or more. Offset produces the highest quality, and it can be the most expensive, because not only are you paying for the costs of printing and binding, you also have to cover shipping and warehousing. You could store the books at your house, but boxes of with thousands of books take up a lot of room in your garage!
Print on demand (P.O.D), instead of ordering 2,500 books at once, you can order any number you choose. This is perfect for authors who want to print about 50 or 100 copies to sell to friends and family or for a one-time event.
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