How does the quality of a book published on demand compare to books that are printed on an offset press?
Originally, as new technology developed, experimentation with printing techniques produced books that varied in quality. On demand book publishing technology has continuously been refined over the past 10 years, and book quality has improved dramatically. Although paper weight and color vary by individual book, those printed using on demand printing technology are indistinguishable from other books. AuthorHouse books always feature full-color covers, clean graphics, and easy-to-read text. While the quality remains the same, print on demand publishing methods require no up-front printing costs.
My local bookstore wants to order 20 copies of my book. How will the books get from the printer to their receiving room?
Once an order is placed for a book, whether it is a single copy ordered through the AuthorHouse bookstore or an order for 50 books from a retailer, the order is sent to the book printer. The printer is then able to print and bind the entire order in one run. Our U.S. distributors, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, work hand-in-hand with the printer to deliver the final product to the customer (in this case your local bookstore). This entire process happens in the same amount of time it takes to ship books sitting in a warehouse.
Do "traditional publishers" use on demand printing technology?
In an effort to reduce costs and better control inventory, many small presses and academic publishers have replaced their printing presses with on demand printing technology. POD is not a business model, so any publishing company can utilize POD technology to more exactly match its supply with market demand.