The 5 Benefits of Print-On-Demand Publishing

These days, self-publishing authors have more formats and more methods to get their books into readers’ hands than ever before. Yet, that means there’s more competition than ever for a piece of the bookselling pie. So, how do you cut through the clutter and get your book read in the quickest, most convenient way possible?

In the age of ebooks, it’s easy to forget that print-on-demand (POD) publishing shares just as many advantages, making it super convenient for self-publishing authors to get published and start building their readership. Many readers strongly prefer holding a “real” book in their hands and as an author, there is no substitute for holding a real copy of YOUR book in your hands. If you’re new to print-on-demand self-publishing, consider these five advantages that this publishing process may have for you:

  1. It better meets your production needs. Print-on-demand allows authors to produce books in small quantities as needed, even one at a time if necessary, and the publishing timeframe is weeks instead of years.
  2. Lower upfront costs. For self-publishing authors who don’t have a lot of cash up front for a massive print-run, print-on-demand is a lifesaver.
  3. Zero inventory. Forget piles of books collecting dust in your basement or garage – those days are long gone. Zero inventory means zero hassle. A customer orders your book, we take care of printing, delivery, and sending royalty checks.
  4. Better condition of books. The “fresher” the print, the better the odds that the copy will get to its final destination in pristine condition.
  5. Better for the environment. By printing hardcopies only when needed, you reduce or eliminate the risk of having to dispose of unsold units.

Consider print-on-demand as one of many tools in a book distribution strategy that also includes ebook formats. While you can still opt for a large print run to reduce your per-unit cost, it’s nice to know there are attractive alternatives.

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Iyabo Williams grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband, children and grandchildren.

At the age of eight, Aisha Praisso, alongside her great grandmother, became a victim and a rescuer of many during the Nigerian civil war of 1967 between the Hausas in the north and the Ibos in the east. The tales from the war are sporadic and many of the stories are still left untold. Aisha, a survivor and self-proclaimed motor-mouth, would not broach the subject unless her life depended on it. But it did, and her whispers became loudly heard. Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and raised by her maternal great grandmother, Aisha had a happy life until the Biafran war bulldozed its way into her idyllic home and turned it into a torture chamber. Her innocence was stolen by an Unknown Soldier while her guardian could only stand by and watch. Though Mr. Braithwaite, a family friend and English merchant sea captain, had rescued her and her great-grandmother from the worst by arranging for their escape to Lagos, it was already too late for Aisha; she had been branded for a lifetime of abuse. When things go awry in an abusive relationship, she finds herself in a state of utter hopelessness after being arrested on charges connected to her past boyfriend. It took her fourteen years…to sort through her pain, including the self-inflicted ones and find the courage to tell her story. Fortunately, her luck turns for the better as she begins to let go and start to re-live her life again.

– Iyabo Williams, author of Hidden Scars

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