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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?

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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.

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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. – Alex Feinman Sep 19 '13 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. – Char-Lez Braden Sep 20 '13 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. – Alex Feinman Sep 20 '13 at 16:25

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