Note: This subsection is dealing with the book trade
in general. To find out The London Press options in this
area that we can offer you - please go to the relevant
topic under menu item 'London Press Options' -
specifically this page here...
A General Outline Of Print On
Demand (POD) Publishing (Self Publishing)
Print on demand (POD) is by far
the simplest option available to you. Put simply, each
time a member of the public orders your book from a bookshop or
online store (such as Amazon) -
a single copy will be automatically printed and distributed.
If you are deciding whether to
self publish, the table below will help you appreciate some of
the advantages and disadvantages of this publishing option.
On Demand (Self Publishing) Advantages & Disadvantages
low cost start-up.
can be printed from a word file.
UK & US distribution.
quality book & full colour cover.
print unit cost is quite reasonable.
for selling off Amazon.
profit margin can be reasonable.
don't need to sign away your rights.
way to test the market - if successful you may be able
to publish it in a traditional manner later.
channel enables you to order drop shipments of your
book (e.g. 5, 10, 100 copies) to be delivered to any
stock needs to be held (resulting in no storage
Print cost doesn't
decrease over time or with quantity of books printed at any
itself a POD channel will not put your book on the
shelves in shops such as WH Smith. Getting your book on
bookshop shelves will require a separate marketing &
promotion campaign which you will be responsible for.
will be possible for the public to order
your book through book stores - and you can order and
purchase books at wholesale prices & so make your own
arrangement with bookstores & chains - and/or book
chains can order bulk copies direct from us at wholesale
For details of our POD service
please see the 'London
Press Options' section of this
site - specifically the 'London
Press Print On Demand Details' page.