Print on Demand

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Print on demand is a process in which the book is not printed until an order is received, allowing books to be printed singly or in small quantities.

Print on demand is a way of printing items for a fixed cost per copy, regardless of the size of the order. While the unit price of each book is higher than with offset printing, the average cost is lower for very small print runs, because setup costs are much lower.

Print on demand has other benefits besides lower costs for small runs:

  • Technical set-up is quicker than for conventional offset printing.
  • Large inventories of a book do not need to be kept in stock, reducing storage, handling costs, and inventory accounting costs.
  • There is little or no waste from unsold products.
  • These advantages reduce the risks associated with publishing books and can lead to increased choice for consumers.

Book Services usually prints its books using Lightning Source or Create Space. Distribution is typically done in the U.S. through Ingram,, Baker & Taylor, and Barnes & Noble, among others. International distribution is also available.

One of Ingram's print on demand facilities.

One of Ingram’s print on demand facilities.