Print-on Demand vs Offset Printing

Save money with large quantities.


Print-on-Demand (POD) is great in so many ways: there's no need for large outlays of money to print books; arrangements for distribution are included. For authors who don't expect to sell thousands of books, POD is a good way to "test the waters" for your book, to see if reviewers like it and if people will buy it.


But the "per book" cost through POD is much higher than it is for books printed in large quantities. This is because even though the cost of the POD setup is relatively low, the cost of paper and toner is higher in small quantities than in large.

On the other hand, the setup for offset printing is very expensive. One way to think about this is that printing in large quantities offsets the cost of that setup: The larger the run, the lower the cost of production per book. Once the number of books to be printed reaches 1,000 - 3,000 books, the cost of offset printing goes down dramatically.  So, if you already know that you're going to need a lot of books, or if you already know that there's a market for your books, you may want to consider having them printed in quantity through offset printing. 

We need to get a quote from an offset printer on these orders, (we use the best and the cheapest, and they are hard to find),  so call  us or fill out our Contact Us form for more information. Call (866) 229-9244 for immediate answers.