POD is an abbreviation for Print On Demand. It’s a printing technology/business model that relies on digital printing. Copies of a book are not printed until an order is received. Orders can be for one copy or hundreds of copies, and the cost per unit to print does not vary significantly.
How it Works:
Experienced designers format your edited and proofed manuscript to very specific industry parameters. You approve a preliminary PDF and a Production Proof, which is a bound book. Once approved, books are printed only when an order is placed for the number of copies needed.
One of the biggest advantages of the POD method is that you only print the number of copies you need. With traditional offset printing, you must print mass quantities to keep the per unit cost reasonable, leaving you with a huge printer bill and the need to store pallets of books while you attempt to sell enough books to cover these costs and get rid of the pallets.
Another bonus is that the books printed On Demand by Buffalo Heritage are listed in the Ingram databases used by most libraries as well as almost all independent bookstores. Your book is thus available for direct purchase by libraries and independent bookstores across the country.
POD is an economical way to handle many titles.