I do not speak for all independent publishers.
This is my base rationale for why I’ve chosen to utilise POD (Print On Demand) services.
I make no secret that when I began publishing, I never considered the traditional route. Honestly, I like the control and freedom of running a project end-to-end on my timeframe. And I need to understand processes end-to-end as much as possible and practical to do so.
Why print on demand?
Environmental: I don’t have to print more books (and other products) than I need to meet the demand of readers (and merchandise customers).
No stock goes to waste.
Books are shipped direct from printer to customer without the middle person (me) and extra costs.
Practical: As an independent, I don’t have the means to store bulk stock quantities.
Financial: To bulk print is a significant financial outlay avoided with POD.
Surface deductibles from the list price are the print cost plus royalty share shaved off from the distributor. Much more goes into the production of a book than those, of course.
KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing / Amazon) has informed publishers utilising their POD platform for book printing and distribution that print costs are rising from June 2023.
This will directly affect all softcover and hardcover books for publishers and our readers.
Publishers working with the KDP POD service are encouraged to review and amend list prices immediately.
I won’t be increasing list prices until June 7th.
Sorry, it’s outwith the control of us indies.
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