Print on Demand Publishing

The Ultimate Facts About Print on Demand Publishing

What happens if large quantity printed novel becomes a midnight failure? So is it possible to get back the invested amount? And what about the books already published?

We know that it is not possible to turn those books into papers. The huge printing cost of a book is always a liability for Publishers as well as Authors.

The market uncertainty has created a troublesome experience to get books printed in large quantities.

So many publishers have reduced their printing quantity while considering the same problems.

While starting with a short quantity will help them reduce liability. 

Many Authors and Publishers were worried whether they will be able to print fast to fulfil the demand or not?

They were afraid of losing that’s why they used to print in large quantities to ensure regular inventory and meet customer’s demand.

But thanks to Print on Demand publishing, the problem seems to come at the end.

-What is Print on Demand Publishing?

-How this process works?

   -For Author Printing

   -Direct Customer Printing

   -E-commerce sales channel


What is Print on Demand Publishing?

Print on Demand Publishing is an on demand printing method. Here, books are printed according to demand of the end users. They may be Publishers, Authors, Customers. 

The Print on Demand books are listed on publisher's website, e-marketplaces and stores. But all these printed books are listed virtually only. It only gets printed when the demand is raised for the books.

This in fact minimizes the unnecessary burden of  managing book inventory. Print on Demand reduces the risk of losses as no any novels are pre-printed.

How This Process Works?

Print on Demand Publishing is a very smoother process for printing. Here there is different process lines created for different end user.

So let us how this process works out for different end users:

For Authors:

Suppose if an Author is looking for printed copies of his novel. First of all, he will make an order through the Publisher.

The publisher will quote a price for the printed copies. The total number of copies and pages constitute the whole pricing. It is a bit difficult process. The Publishers add price calculator feature on their website. 

Some of the Publications send these price quotations manually. A few publication consult the printing house for quotation where as others keep an average fixed price.


In the above case, the publishers will themselves prepare a quotation and send it to the Author. Sometimes the Authors have to pay extra printing cost. Many Publication charge extra amount than the actual printing price. Please keep this in mind.


Quickies: An increase in printing quantity reduces the overall price. If your Publication is reflecting the same price rate for all copies, no matter if it’s 5, 10 or 20, then you need to get yourself cautious.

Print on Demand Publishing
Features of Print on Demand Publishing

For Publishers:

If you are a publisher looking forward for print on demand publishing then you need to:

-Identify a right print on demand printing partner. You need to check out the background of the printing house. Many Printing Houses are so rigid that it will create hurdles for you run a good business.

So you may lose clients if your books are not given much priority. I’m saying so because many printing house hold the printing which only harms the Publishers. Therefore be careful before doing any long term collaboration.

-In the second step, send all the titles of the Authors and complete the registration process.

-Third, the printing advisors will tell you about their procedures. Every printing house has different printing process. But commonly, all of them follow the same process.

-At last, you will have to submit the printing requirements through their system. Then you need to make a payment as mentioned. After that you will have to send the shipping address to get the books delivered.

For Customers through Online Stores

Here, the printing house sometimes also manages the product inventory of publishers on various channels like Amazon, Flipkart, etc.

On the other hand, there are Publishers who manage the inventory and inform the Printing House to print and ship the novel.

As soon as a single order is made, the Inventory Manager is notified about the order. He, then, passes the order details (sender’s address, contact, etc.) to the printing department.

The Printing House then takes maximum 2-3 days to print and forward the consignment to the Freight Company who then ships at customers’ doorstep.

I’m sure that you have understood the concept of Print on Demand Publishing. This concept can be a best fit for everyone. You can save the thousands of costs in printing and inventory. Start using this feature now and be free of unnecessary printing costs.

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Aayush Verma

Management Consultant

A management enthusiast, an avid reader and a traveller. The world is a beautiful place so I keep travelling, spending time between nature, on the riverside and gaining new experiences.

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