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Print On Demand - how was it for you?

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Posted on 22 Jun 2011 18:05:26 BDT
Good thing I'm living in London, then, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 13:20:29 BDT
Peter says:
I would be interested to know your method, printer, enabling you to print your book for about £1.50. I have one of similar size and would appreciate knowing how this was possible.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 11:30:16 BDT
Adrian Blake says:
Hello Karen
Was interested in your post on the site re having your book printed by Antony Rowe. I actually went to a workshop at their big printing plant near Chippenham and the group of us aspiring writers were given a guided tour of the plant as well as lots of info on book publishing and the various printing options. They come across as entirely ethical but they don't seem to offer help with interior book formatting and design and things like that (understandably as they're printers not a support group for writers). So I wonder who you found to design and format your book interior to be print ready? Would be interested to know. My co-author and I have written a 30,000 word self help book in the popular psychology genre and we want the book to look very professional. Thanks in anticipation for any help. Adrian Blake.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 09:27:05 BDT
I'm typesetting my own bookCan't Live Without for printing with LS, who are similar to Anthony Rowe in that there is little help with print-ready file prep. It is possible to do it in Word -it's not easy, you have to 'go deep' into Word's options :) but mine is going well so far. Once you have the interior set up as you want it (page size, margins, title pages and copyright etc) you them save it in Word as a PDF with fonts embedded. This is absolutely fine for a printer to work from. If you want to try this and need more info contact me via my blog (follow links from book page). Lightning Source have a good cover creator template with barcode embedded too. Good luck with your project - I love self-help books, would love to hear more.

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 14:19:26 BDT
Splinker says:
For me, I use print on demand more as a convenience for family and friends who don't download. The profit margins are too small for me to invest a lot of time in.

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 17:16:03 BDT
Mixed experiences with Faber's POD service (known as Faber Finds). They have some good titles there, for sure - Carey's Dickens study The Violent Effigy, Douglas's war memoir Alamein to Zem Zem, etc etc. But they all have the same problem - the text is justified badly, so often a short sentence is stretched across an entire page.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 12:15:50 BDT
Adrian Blake says:
Thanks for that information. I actually went to a workshop for would be self publishing authors at Anthony Rowe's plant in Chippenham, which was very informative, but they are printers and, naturally enough, not geared up as a support service for aspiring writers. I did investigate but on sending away for a book published by them found the quality of the paper was poor (very thin) and on some pages the body text was skewed out of alignment. Now that CreateSpace, as an associate company of Amazon, have very recently set themselves up for the European and UK markets that seems a more attractive option, although from what I hear LS quality control is pretty good. Your own book sounds really entertaining, and a great title and equally good cover. Looks very professional. We're still agonising over a title for our own self help book. We came up with What Makes You Tick? only to then discover that just a month or two ago someone had beaten us to it and published a self help book with the exact same title.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 10:11:44 GMT
I have made my first purchase of a "print on demand" book, and have had to ask fro a refund due to problem is with the kerning/justification, with the result that in some cases more than one word is run together, whereas in many others the spacing is such that one word is broken into three sections.
I would not consider another "print on demand", and am now curious as to whether amazon & resellers are obliged to state when an item is in this format - I note the store from which I purchased the book is advertising the same title as new on Amazon, with no mention of it being "print on demand"

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 16:47:45 GMT
Marion Stein says:
Like Ali, I used Lightning Source, which requires a bit of work. If I had it to do over again, or next time or with another addition, there are things I'd do differently as a I've learned more. My better half who helped with set up using Indesign took a few short cuts because he didn't learn the system. It looks ok, but we could have done better, especially on spacing with the back blurb. In terms of size, I chose 6"x9" but most trade paperbacks are actually smaller. That would have been more expensive but probably would have looked more "professional."

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 16:48:08 GMT
Marion Stein says:
Borders is gone in the US.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2013 22:19:43 GMT
Mr Read, it isn't a 'print on demand' issue, but a formatting issue by the writer/editor/publisher.

My publisher uses POD until the sales are running well enough for an offset run, and the quality is excellent. If it wasn't, bookshops would not be prepared toi buy my books for stock, which I'm glad to say they do...

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 09:57:49 GMT
I just bought a copy of Anne Michaels' 'Poems' from amazon and the edition I have received is clearly not the original printing by CPI but an Amazon print-on-demand edition.

The paper quality is not what I would expect and the cover does not sit correctly.

I don't have a problem with the notion of print-on-demand; I do have a problem with dishonesty.

If I'm being sold a print-on-demand edition then I should be told by the advertiser (amazon) before I buy.

Really annoyed.
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