Launches POD Publishing Services


Amazon launched their print on demand service today:, Inc. and BookSurge LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of, Inc., today announced a new Print-on-Demand (POD) program designed to help book publishers sell lower volume book titles through a more economical supply chain. The new POD program removes the upfront economic barriers associated with traditional book publishing while making those titles available to the tens of millions of active customers. Books are printed as they are ordered, providing publishers an easy and economical way to bring back out-of-print titles and introduce new, lower-volume titles, offering customers a dramatically expanded selection of books to purchase.

As the cost of personal publishing diminishes and people are able to test the quality of their offering quicker how will traditional publishers stay relevant? How long until physical book stores buy rights to print books on the fly?


I Bloody Hate These Things

POD's have helped to ruin the abebooks site.
I will not drone on as there is nothing more boring than someone with a vested interest whining!

phantombookman, could you

phantombookman, could you please explain? I'm interested, and there's nothing like someone with experience speaking of that experience.

POD's Fuel the Long Tail

Amazon is not foolish, POD books are helping to fuel the "long tail" for the retailer. Many micro and niche publishers are taking advantage of POD to offer small print run titles.

Thanks, Brad. My thought is

Thanks, Brad.

My thought is this: the writer owns the copyright to his works. Once someone else edits, do that person/entity now own part of the copyrights? I will study this more.

That said, what's to stop anyone from PODing his own stuff? Or does having Amazon do it semi-guarantee that they'll offer it at Ah ... more to read. :)

I don't think editors are

I don't think editors are entitled to any ongoing licensing or royalties unless that is specified in the contract. Some books are even crafted in an open source manner.

Thanks, Aaron. You're right:

Thanks, Aaron. You're right: everything would be dependent upon the contract.

Still, it's an interesting turn of events from Amazon. Not just "create some content for us" but "let us sell it for you" too. Everyone benefits. Nice.

Thanks for pointing this one out.

Once someone else edits, do

Once someone else edits, do that person/entity now own part of the copyrights? I will study this more.


That is generally handled by a contract between the publisher and author. In such a contract copyrights are clearly defined as most publisher buy the rights to a book.

But you are right, ebook and POD book publishing are allowing many authors to self publish their own titles. A whole sub-industry of freelance professional editors is springing up to put polish on manuscripts.

Of course, self publishing works best with non-fiction from a profit standpoint but it is also giving new fiction authors a new voice in a closed environment publishing heretofore controled by old media.

The trick in self-published fiction is to seperate the good stories from the dreck.

I have not studied how the Amazon/Booksurge system works, but I know several authors who have done well using Lulu and getting their book placed on Amazon's store for sales. But their sales are driven by good old fashion marketing/self-promotion (both online and off) and SEO /SEM. I think a lot of the "whining" from self published authors is that, like most website owners, they have no idea about online marketing and/or justy don't have the social skills to pull it off whereas the successful ones do.

Ah ... Brad, that explains

Ah ... Brad, that explains everything.

Yes, this interweb thingy has changed everything. Luckily, we were all here early. :)

I actually have plans for a publication that I dreamt up in 1996 when I first viewed the "information superhighway" -- some ten-ish years after I first heard of it. Turns out those plans were and are still a good idea, and do-able with today's technology.

Diane V

I have nothing against PODs for books which have never been published, can be a great idea/way forward.

It is when they do out of print books.
Sellers upload huge numbers of books which do not physically exist and pollute the listings on specialist sites.

Many it turns out cannot even be supplied.

The real selfish side is when you pay £1,000 for a book and have the only copy for sale in the world.
Then all of a sudden there are dozens of sellers offering the title as a POD!

Drat, Drat and Double Drat as Dick Dastardly used to say

Ah, I understand now. I can

Ah, I understand now. I can understand your point.

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