Part 1 of our Print On Demand series focuses on your POD publishing timeline, the importance of the pre-order sales period, how "on demand" works for the retailers, and how you can maximize book sales with your printed book.
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You can now gain unprecedented worldwide book distribution for both eBooks and printed books in 100+ stores and catalogs.
We are thrilled to announcea game-changing on-demand book printing and distribution service that gives authors and publishers the chance to sell their printed books in dozens of stores and catalogs, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s, as well as the complete Ingram and Baker & Taylor networks. Combined with our popular eBook distribution services, self-published authors can now place their books in over 100+ online stores and catalogs around the globe.
Print On Demand (POD) allows you to sell printed books worldwide without paying for large print runs, inventory and warehousing issues, or handling your own order fulfillment. Books are printed and shipped to customers as needed — and because BookBaby’s POD service comes paired with global distribution, sales can come from almost anywhere in the world.
“Thank you for calling BookBaby, my name is _____ . How can I help you?”
So starts hundreds of calls to our Philadelphia and Portland call centers every week. Most of these chats turn into great conversations for both the author and our publishing team. But not every call has a happy outcome.
More than few calls, unfortunately, come to an early halt. This is how those abbreviated calls used to go.
Author: “Do you offer printed book distribution?”
BookBaby Customer Service: “Ah, well at this time we don’t offer printed book distribution...”
Author: ______ (sound of phone hanging up).
These kinds of exchanges happened dozens of times every day. A large-and-growing-hungrier number of authors want distribution for their printed books, just like they enjoy with their eBooks being distributed through BookBaby. And that’s something BookBaby didn’t offer.
Printing a single copy of your book is the best way to proof your text, evaluate your design, and feel assured that you're getting the highest quality book printing available
Try before you buy. There’s not much new about that idea – it’s been out there forever. Test drive that car. Sample that exotic- yet-stinky cheese at the high end deli counter.
But how about sampling something personal and unique — like, for instance, your own printed book?
That’s what hundreds of authors like Joshua Duttweiler of Houghton College in New York have done. Joshua was the co-founder of a graphic design group called Caffeinated Creative Studio, which provides services for the college and campus users. Joshua is one of many authors who ordered a single copy of their printed book for just $19. And like many others, Joshua placed a much larger print book order as a result of this unique “try before you buy” offer.
“Having a chance to buy a hard copy for just $19 was incredibly helpful,” said Joshua. “Our book is a showcase for artists and explaining our mission, and it was important that it looked perfect.”
Printing books is a big step for any author. But the stakes are even higher when the product is being used as a tool to help Caffeinated Creative secure more projects. “We were very nervous about buying a lot of printed books. We wanted to see what it would look like in terms of color matching and layouts. We jumped on the deal when we had the chance to get a test copy.”
Joshua used the single book to make instant improvements to the project. “We originally chose natural paper color but realized when we saw it in print that it didn’t quite fit, so we changed to white,” he said. “We changed up a few of the layouts after seeing the book. It was really helpful to have a book to mark up.”
In order for you printed book to look as beautiful as you imagine it, you need to send your printer pristine files. If you have a lot of graphic elements (photos, graphs, etc.) in your book, check out Part 1 of this series, and then hop back here for step #2 below.
Preparing graphic files for book printing — Step #2:
Prepare your interior text PDF file
When you're getting your interior text PDF file ready for printing:
• Interior text PDF files must be in a single page format and not in printer or reader spreads.
• The number of pages in the book should end on an even number.
• Left side pages should be even numbered and right side pages should be odd numbered.
— Saddle Stitched books need a page count divisible by four.
You want your printed books to look great. But in order to ensure the highest-quality printing for your book, you'll need to send your book printer manuscript files that are pristine.
If you're wondering how to properly prepare your manuscript files to ensure that your printed books look perfect, please read these instructions carefully — and be sure to provide your book printer with the highest quality graphic files possible for your book’s cover and body text.