• Traditional print runs (the most common production method for traditional publishers) use offset printing—a transfer method that can have a high upfront cost, but a cheap unit cost. It makes sense for print runs reaching thousands of copies, but usually creates inventory that needs to be warehoused.
• Print-on-demand or short-run digital printing is a popular option for self-publishers, and is also used by traditional publishers to keep titles in print or to rush books to market. It usually has low upfront costs, but high unit costs. Books are printed only when ordered; there is no inventory.
A Breakdown of Different Types of Self-Publishing:
INDEPENDENT SELF-PUBLISHING (Go Your Own Way)
SELF-PUBLISHING WITH HELP (Use a Service)
- The Truth About Self-Publishing
- The Reality of Self-Pubishing: An Agent’s Perspective
- What Can Your Publisher Do for You?
- Book Publishing Stats (2009)
- An Insider's Look at Self-Publishing
- How to Create a Cover Package
- 2009 Directory of Self-Publishing Companies
- Future Self-Publishing Models?