We plan to release our debut novel at the end of 2014. Unfortunately I do not have the funds to pay many of the costs involved to have the book printed en masse so I am going down the digital route for the first book. However it would be nice to have a few copies printed for family and friends to give as gifts. Is anybody aware of a company that doesn't charge 'through the nose' to have between 30-50 books printed?

  • Please check out other questions under the printing tag; you may find an answer there. Sep 12, 2013 at 16:44

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PODW http://www.printondemand-worldwide.com/ will give you an instant quote on it through their website, and that walks you through all of the choices you can make.


I've used Lulu Press in the past. You can order one book at a time if you want from them.

And if you are willing to go ebook, then look at Amazon and Barnes & Noble too.

Wikipedia's article on self-publishing is a good general place to start searching.

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    Be careful of shipping costs at Lulu. A very small print run, or single copies, and shipping can easily chew up 30-50% of your costs. Sep 19, 2013 at 15:43
  • Agree. The main reasons to use Lulu, for me at least, were perfect binding and direct sales. I could not get perfect binding at Kinkos or any other quick printing place I found. I also like that Lulu gives me a URL I could share with others who could buy directly. Sep 20, 2013 at 13:58
  • I love Lulu, and use it to print my books. And shipping's such a problem that it routinely costs me sales. Sep 20, 2013 at 16:25

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