Offset printing—when does it make more sense than print on demand?

| April 17, 2013

Digital printing (also known as print on demand, or POD) has enjoyed increasing popularity over the past few years; its quality has improved as well. It offers advantages over traditional offset lithography, including lower set-up costs, faster turnaround times, and little up-front investment. But sometimes it makes more sense to print the old-fashioned way and [...]

Why bookstores are a waste of time for self-publishers

| March 6, 2013

One of the most common questions I get from authors is “How can I get my book into bookstores?” I know many authors fantasize of one day walking into a bookstore and seeing their book on the store shelves. For some reason, many authors perceive bookstores as the be-all of book sales. They seem to [...]

Cutting through the confusion about printing options available to self-publishers

| March 11, 2011

I read an excellent post over on Matt About Business titled Online Options for Printing Your Self-Published Book. Consultant Susan Daffron explains in crystal-clear terms the options available to self-publishing authors for getting their books in print. She writes, “Unfortunately, many options for turning your manuscript into a book are expensive and some are out [...]

Why Amazon was not protecting “censorship”

| November 11, 2010

Twitter was aflutter yesterday with the discovery that Amazon.com had listed on its site a book called The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure, available for download on Kindle. I was surprised when I checked to find the book still there, thinking that certainly any company getting the negative press that soon went viral would [...]