Print-on-Demand: How to publish your book?

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Before you self-publish your book, learn the basics first on how to do it. You must pay a sizeable sum for a set number of copies. That cost you a significant amount, so better do the process right.

Here are important things to consider and the important steps to publish a book.

Print-on-demand: What is it?

POD, or print-on-demand, is a choice that keeps your revenue on track while saving you thousands of dollars. Learn how to publish a book on Amazon, then choose the POD service option. Additionally, when a customer orders a printed copy of your book, it will be printed on demand and sent to the customer.

POD has incredible advantages, which include:

  • No needless printing expenses
  • Expense-free inventory management
  • There aren’t any stacks of unread books in your storage.
  • Free shipping and packaging
  • Finally, avoid landfilling.

Multiple formats are available.

The conventional paperback format is no longer used. Instead, you can order your book in various forms, such as paperback, hardcover, large print editions, etc. Additionally, they can all be found on POD. In addition to the multiple formats, you can choose a particular paper, black and white, full colour, or just coloured images.

All of these extras have a noticeable effect on price and are add-ons. However, you are in charge here and have the power to decide what to do based on the nature of your book and the market you published in.

Your author brand is developed as a result. For example, you distinguish yourself when you publish books with similar design elements or colour palettes to Haruki Murakami’s books.

The steps for printing a book.

Most of the components necessary for publishing a book have already been covered by me. I want to share a few extras with you.

Distributing Routes

The distribution channels include academic institutions, bookshops, international book fairs, online book retailers, and libraries.

You can use these avenues to spread the word about your books. Self-publishing companies represent some well-known brick-and-mortar and online book retailers.

If the book is bought straight from the publisher’s website, some publishing houses will pay a higher royalty.


In the print version of books, a different pricing structure is used. Prices will vary depending on the publication type: paperbacks, hardcovers, large prints, full-color, black and white, etc.

The cost of your book will be higher if you choose the particular paper option when ordering it.

To put it another way, you will base the cost of your book on its layout and format.

The time has come to publish.

It’s time to submit your book for publication now that you’ve put in all the effort. But, again, the POD service provides updates for your review to check for errors.

You can ask for a proof copy of your book, so you can read it and look for typos, printing mistakes, and spelling or grammatical errors. You could also complete it online.

Once you are sure your book will succeed, you can mail them an OKAY and order author copies.

5 Amazon Free Services

Amazon is more than just an online store. It began as an online bookstore and expanded from those foundations to become a book publisher. However, unlike a traditional book publisher, anyone can self-publish a book on Amazon, where you need to convince an acquisitions editor to offer you a contract to get a book published. 

Direct Publishing on Kindle.

You can self-publish a book online using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform, which readers can buy as an eBook or print-on-demand book. This leading self-publishing company currently dominates the self-publishing book market.

Amazon KDP currently controls at least 80% of the eBook market as a significant player in the publishing sector.

Thanks to the 2007 launch of Amazon KDP, authors today must make a crucial choice regarding how to publish their work.

With the rise of remote writing jobs, writers of all disciplines have benefited from an explosion in career flexibility.

This explosion has caused a rise in the number of self-published books, print books, and other publications.

KDP Select.

Instead of using the standard service, you can take advantage of Amazon’s marketing power by using this one. It will help if you grant them a 90-day exclusive on your digital book.

In addition, KDP Select offers higher royalties and permits those books to be a part of their Prime Members’ lending collections. A portion of the total amount that Amazon Prime members pay for each book goes to the authors.


For independent authors, Amazon offers this print-on-demand service. It enables you to sell a paperback edition of your book through or 

You must upload a PDF that complies with their requirements and specify the profit margin. They give you a base price; you raise it for the general public.

Amazon Writer’s Central 

Whether a regular publisher publishes your book or you are an independent author, Amazon lets you construct an author page that looks somewhat like this. You can include your bio, a photo, editorial reviews, and the RSS feed for your blog so it grabs new articles. You can even share upcoming speaking engagements and book signings and display your most recent tweets.

Amazon Partners

This affiliate program pays you for linking to items on For example, you can use this to link to your books and earn an additional 4 to 8 per cent on each sale.

Additionally, if a user follows your affiliate link to and purchases something else, you will be compensated.

After becoming a verified Amazon seller, you can start listing your books as either new or based on previously sold Amazon items.

Wrap up

Once your items are sold, Amazon offers to store and ship them on your behalf. The term “fulfillment by Amazon” applies here. Also, they’ll handle returns and offer customer service for your purchases.

This method of selling allows for free two-day shipping through Amazon Prime, which might encourage more people to buy your products.

You will pay Amazon based on the item’s weight for shipping costs. This fee pays for picking up your order, packaging it once it sells, shipping it to the customer, customer service, and handling returns of goods.

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