Print on Demand (POD) is an economical self-publishing option chosen by many first-time authors because copies of your book are not printed until an order has been received. In fact, you can print as little as one book at a time!
A few POD services are free or very low-cost, but many will set you back anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Some will allow you to set your own book prices and control profits, but most determine prices based on printing costs and pay the author a specified percentage. Read a comprehensive report about POD services here.
Listed below are some suggested companies that offer POD services. Be sure to do your research before you commit.
CreateSpace.com — A member of the Amazon group of companies. Provides one of the easiest and most economical ways to self-publish and distribute your book to millions of potential readers. Highly recommended.
LightningSource.com — Data is sent out to distribution partners (including leading distributors such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and others). The demand is captured from booksellers, libraries and consumers and Lightning Source prints to fill the order.
CafePress.com — No setup fees or minimum quantities. Pricing is based on the number of pages in your book plus the type of binding you wish to offer and includes book production, order management, fulfillment, and customer service.
For a comprehensive listing of POD publishers, visit this page at BookMarket.com.
You may also want to download this POD database to make comparisons on your own. Please note: this is only a guide. All information should be verified for accuracy.