Book Publisher vs Book Printer
Authors new to self publishing often confuse the role of a book publisher with that of a printer. In fact, these two businesses have about as much in common as farming and running a restaurant. Yes, both publishers and printers deal in books, but publishers don’t own printing presses and printers don’t file for copyrights. To put it as crudely as possible, printing books is essentially a value-added paper business. Printers take two commodities, paper and ink, and add value by putting the two together.
The more books you buy from an offset printer, the cheaper they get, until the price starts to approach the value of the paper, ink, amortization of the press and labour. Below that they’d be selling at a loss.
Publishers are Professional Businesses or Companies
Publishers, at the lowest common denominator, are professional businesses or companies. They have years of experience involving all aspects of book publishing. A professional book publisher can assist with all aspects of your precious and valued work. A good publisher has access to the widest range of services such as manuscript appraisal services, book printers, professional designers, editors, book reviewers, illustrators, typesetters and formatting agents, marketing tools and online distribution channels to name a few. A good book publisher will spend the time with you, give you valued advice on the position of your files and arrange all your services required and requested at a fantastic package cost.
Book Printer Statistics
If you think you are going to be saving money by cutting out the publisher and going straight to the printer think again. If you want an unflattering characterization of a big trade publisher, think of an opportunistic law firm with a large marketing department attached. Authors new to self publishing often confuse the role of a book publisher with that of a printer. In fact, these two businesses have about as much in common as farming and running a restaurant.
Thus, authors who did their homework could quickly figure out that they were throwing their money away on a dream, with practically no chance of selling books. We have seen many authors dreams gone this way.
Have you fallen into the book printer trap?
Love of Books have helped many authors who have visioned their manuscript to be a sale-able product whom have jumped in and took this shortcut option. We have taken the time to bring their manuscript and cover up to a professional level so that they can revisit their dream and bring that dream to reality. When an author is at this stage their hopes and dreams come alive once more. However it is a sad feeling for the publisher who picks up the pieces. Hence the reason for this article!
Yes, both publishers and printers deal in books
Yes, both publishers and printers deal in books, but publishers don’t own printing presses and printers don’t assist with copyright knowledge. A book printer can not take care of your legal responsibilities in regards to ISBN management, offer sound advice about your manuscript and cover design. There are many other aspects involved with publishing a book successfully. A book publisher has undoubtedly many years of experience has invested a lot of time in setting up their business to land at the top of their field.
A book printer will simply print your pdf as is. A book publisher will work with the correct setup of your manuscript to ensure your new book is printed and published in its best form. A good publisher has access to the widest range of services such as manuscript appraisal services, book printers, professional designers, editors, book reviewers, illustrators, typesetters and formatting agents, marketing tools and online distribution channels to name a few. Not all printers are the same either, just like all books are not the same. An experienced book publisher will select the right services then when your new book reaches the printing stage your book publisher will work closely with the right print machine on your behalf ensuring your baby will come out shining.
Print on demand
Print on demand has been a tremendous boon to both subsidy published authors, who can now get their books in print for hundreds rather than thousands of dollars, and for self publishers. True self publishers can start earning significant money on every book they sell without having to invest in a garage full of books. All that’s required to become a book publisher today is a typeset manuscript and a call to us www.loveofbooks.com.au. We will take care of every aspect of the process for you. You will own your own ISBN and be able to track your sales on line if you choose our select POD modules. Of course, if you want to make a living publishing books, you need to market them, because nobody is going to come to your door. I’m a fan of Internet marketing for self publishers, because with a little web savvy, many non-fiction titles make terrific web content that will draw visitors and buyers to a website, blog or social site.