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Aaron Shepard, September 2013
The Stigma of POD »

The Stigma of POD: September 2013 by Aaron Shepard Nowadays, there’s an odd belief circulating that self-publishing a book as print-on-demand will keep it out of bookstores. Actually, the opposite is true. Let’s follow Susan Self-Publisher as she visits her local Barnes & Noble, book held proudly in hand. Her mission is to convince Michael …

Linda Carlson, July 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 2 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. As Part 1 of this series pointed out in the May 2013 Independent, your decisions about how to get books from press to prospective readers can determine how, where, and even if your books sell. That article examined the three …

Linda Nix, June 2013
Why Print? A Digital Enthusiast’s Answer »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2013 by Linda Nix, Founder, Golden Orb Creative — I can’t imagine a world without books. I’ve been a bookworm since I was three years old. My Ph.D. thesis was on book production in the early Middle Ages, and the interplay between text (the content), format (the materials), and layout (the design). That …

Linda Carlson, May 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Book manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers—with vertical integration, digital format, and print-on-demand, the distinctions among those intermediaries blur. In today’s constantly changing publishing industry, it seems as if few companies are sticking to their traditional roles in the manufacturing and …

Lee Foster, May 2013
Illustrated Books: A Three-Element Experiment »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Lee Foster, Author, An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing — As the publishing of illustrated titles continues to evolve, I have been asking some questions about my world of travel books: Should we continue to include photos in print-on-paper book products? Should we shift photos to e-book versions? Should we present …

Linda Carlson, May 2012
Who Does Best with the Espresso Book Machine »

Two years ago, publishers of all sizes were enthusiastic about the potential of the Espresso Book Machine then being introduced. Today it’s the booksellers who are excited about the potential of this print-on-demand equipment—and the booksellers who are seeing profits. (For the view from March 2010, see “Books Delivered While You Wait: A Close Look …

Roy M. Carlisle, May 2011
Today’s Publishing Paradigm: It’s Not Either/Or Anymore »

PUBLISHED MAY 2011 by Roy M. Carlisle, Acquisitions Director, Independent Institute — As I was walking from the parking lot into the nondescript building in San Jose, I wondered what it would be like to talk with Richard Tam, the founder of iUniverse.com. He was certainly friendly enough on the phone when he called to …

Joel Friedlander, November 2010
Designing for Print-on-Demand Production »

Designing for Print-on-Demand Production by Joel Friedlander As the technology we use to manufacture books changes, designers responsible for creating those books adapt. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes reluctantly. But we adapt, because the new technology will eventually supplant the old technology. Today most books are still printed by offset lithography, and any print run over about …

Linda Carlson, March 2010
Books Delivered While You Wait: A Close Look at the Espresso Book Machine in Action »

Books Delivered While You Wait: A Close Look at the Espresso Book Machine in Action by Linda Carlson What is the Espresso Book Machine, and why should publishers care about it? After interviewing retailers who are installing this point-of-purchase kiosk from On Demand Books that can print and bind books within minutes, I am convinced …

Linda Carlson, June 2008
Really and Truly Print-on-Demand: Pros & Cons »

      Really and Truly Print on Demand: The Pros and the Cons by Linda Carlson How important is print on demand to your business? Not very, some of you say, but a recent survey by the Copyright Clearance Center shows that many small publishers expect print-on-demand publications, or POD, to be increasingly significant …

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