Gone are the days of their only being two options to printing your family history book, the full colour, leather bound coffee table book or the homemade photocopied, scanned and 3 hole-punched style book. Today’s technology offers us many options in between. If you are looking for an easy and affordable format for publishing your family history book, then look no further then Print-On-Demand Publishing.
What is Print-On-Demand?
Print-on-Demand is a process by which you provide the company with a digital file of your written family history and they will turn it into a beautiful family history book. The beauty of print-on-demand as the name suggests allows you to order as many copies of your book as you need, when you need them. Anywhere from one copy to hundreds of copies.
Traditional printers usually require a minimum order and the price of the book is usually set around how many copies you order. The more you order the cheaper the book becomes. With POD, the price is set and you can go back as many times as you like ordering your book as the need arises. Many companies also provide a service so relatives can order the book directly from them eliminating the work of your family having to go through you.
The Advantages of Print-on-Demand
Cost: For the family historian print-on-demand publishing can save you money over traditional publishing. Printing your own books can also be costly, home use inkjet printers can be unreliable and ink cartridges are expensive. A traditional printer is far too expensive for most family historians. Print-on-Demand offers an affordable middle ground.
Professional Looking: A POD service not only will be cost effective but also will afford you a much more professional looking family history book.
Timely: Turn-around time on receiving your submission to a printed book is generally a few weeks, providing you with more time to prepare your book instead of months of waiting on the finished product.
Creative Services: While some family historians have the time and talent to provide a completed manuscript with a beautiful layout and design, some of us do not have that luxury or talent. Many POD services will provide a variety of services including design, typing and editing, of course this comes at an added cost, but it is nice to have the option.
For all these reasons when you are ready to take your family history book to print, consider a print-on-demand publisher. A simple google will provide you with a variety of choices, do a little comparison-shopping and then choose the best fit for your family history book.
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