Print on Demand Books and Authors need to have Reasonable Expectations.
Print on demand or POD means that you can get only 50 books or less. There is a catch though — in fact, a few catches. It is impossible to cost effectively print only 50 books on a printing press, but is it a question we are often asked.
There is a significant difference in quality between books printed on press and print on demand books. Quality differences show up in binding as well as printing. Star Print Brokers does not output print on demand books. We only print high-quality books on press. Printing with our small, but proven group of printers in Asian countries, we save our clients up to 70 percent as compared to printing in Canada or USA.
Print larger runs of higher quality books on press with Star Print Brokers, then use Amazon for website traffic.
When Print On Demand is a good idea
If your books are soft cover and black text only, print on demand is not a bad option. If there is any color, or the book is hardcover, print on demand is a good solution, except you can print a few books instead of a full print run. Bear in mind, you usually are only paid royalties when your print on demand book is sold.
But, with print on demand books, you can print a small quantity. Although the unit cost may be high. This makes books harder to sell profitably.
When Print On-Demand is a not a wise decision
With Star Print Brokers, you keep all of the profit. You can sell it yourself on Amazon. You don’t need a print on-demand supplier to set up the account. After all, you are the publisher. New titles are seldom placed in brick and mortar stores. They are placed on a list, along with a great many other new titles, that stores can order from. If you have your own ISBN and barcode (not given to you by a print on demand supplier), your title can also be found on lists available to bookstores. Star Print Brokers can sell you 1 ISBN and 1 barcode here, or go directly to isbn.org and myidentifiers.com
Print on demand is outputting books digitally from a device similar to a copier. It outputs toner on paper. It can smear if you wipe it with a moist finger. Print on demand books are never suitable for young children who often put things in their mouth!
Star Print Brokers prints books on press, printing ink on paper. They books are set up to print on commercial printing presses, our minimum print run is 1,000 hardcover or 2,000 soft cover books. You will receive high-quality, well-bound books delivered to your door. The unit cost is low as compared to the costs of print on-demand books. All costs are included in our quotes including all foreseeable costs: printing, one physical proof set, shipping, clearing customs, duty, and delivery to the door. It is the client’s responsibility to research and pay local taxes and VAT.
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We’ve been in the business of printing books on press since 1999. If you would like a quote to print a book on press, please request a quote on our website, or call us. We are based in Bellevue, Washington.