A Cheap and Easy Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks HTML version

Chapter Nine
How to Turn Your eBooks into Bound Books
When you begin telling all of your friends and family about the fact that you are now a
"published" author you are going to hear a response like, "when are you going to publish
a real book?"
Some individuals will never get over the fact that publishing is changing very quickly.
Electronic books are taking over.
Now you can publish your bound books on-demand and never have to worry about
getting stuck with a garage full of excess inventory.
This is the next best thing to publishing an eBook!
Books-on-demand are the digital files taken from your eBooks that are converted and
turned into trade paperback books. In the publishing industry when books are published
on demand the publisher of that style of book is called a POD. He is a Print-On-Demand
Print-On-Demand books look exactly like any 5"x7," 6"x9" or 8 1/2" x11" books, that
you find selling in any traditional brick and mortar bookstore.
The major difference is that the POD books were printed one at a time. Instead of using
an offset printing press, the book pages were digitized and stored in a high quality copy
machine, collated and then perfect bound on another machine.
One of the largest book wholesalers, Ingram, provides books on demand to bookstores
and distributors throughout the world.
What this means is that if you can somehow get your eBook printed on demand and
placed into the Ingram data base, people can order your book from almost any bookstore
and have it delivered within a day or two.
The book does not sit in a warehouse collecting dust and becoming a warehousing
problem. The book is printed as it is ordered.
Since publishing on-demand realizes huge savings for bookstores and distributors
everywhere, books on demand printed by the POD's are becoming very popular.
Internet bookstores like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble cut into the sales of traditional
The major reason is that they can carry many more titles. A typical brick and mortar
bookstore cannot afford to invest and inventory every book in print.
Internet bookstores can order from one centralized location and make special ordering of
books very efficient for their customers.