We’ve talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using a subsidy POD (print on demand) publisher or a POD printer if you are self-publishing. If you have decided either of those routes is for you, now is the time to do your homework to find the right printer or publisher.
I haven’t had any personal experience with digital printing, so I’ll refer you to other resources to do your research.
Dehanna Bailee’s Print-on-Demand Database – The database compares rates and services of various POD publishers.
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 48 Major Self-Publishing Companies–Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed – In this excellent book, attorney Mark Levine compares and rates 48 POD subsidy publishers.
An Incomplete Guide to Print on Demand Publishers – I suggest you use this more for general information than for the ratings, which aren’t always consistent with the general consensus in the publishing industry.
Lightning Source – A digital printer used by POD subsidy publishers, self-publishers, and others
Print on Demand Printers and Publishers – This includes both POD subsidy publishers and printers who use digital, print on demand technology.
PublishOnDemand.Net – The site includes information about POD and understanding royalties, as well as listing and rating several POD subsidy publishers.
ZDocs – a digital printer for short print runs (not POD) for self-publishing authors; also see the company’s blog How to Publish a Book
If you’ve used a POD printer or POD subsidy publisher, please tell us about your experience.
I hope you’ve found this series on POD helpful. If you have questions or have something specific you’d like to see covered, please let me know. I’ll find an answer if I don’t know it.