Print-on-demand involves a number of modern machines which make it possible to print just one book at a time.
This video shows you what happens when you buy a book on CompletelyNovel. From the file being sent to the printer right through to the book’s arrival at your door, we show you what happens behind the scenes and how all the separate parts of the book are created and put together.
The printer featured in this video is Antony Rowe Ltd, part of the CPI Group, who are based in Eastbourne, UK. They are one of the print-on-demand print companies that CompletelyNovel users can connect to via CompletelyNovel, so that people can buy printed copies of their books.
Currently, you can also get your book printed by Lightning Source International. With Completelynovel, you can choose which printer you would like to print your book with in the USA and the UK.
Print-on-demand is a printing technology that has made it economical to print just one copy of a book at a time. This is because it uses digital printing rather than the traditional methods of letterpress and offset printing, which require too much set-up for it to be possible to print a one-off book.
How much does print-on-demand printing cost?
As you would expect, the unit cost (i.e. cost per book) of printing just one book at a time is higher with print-on-demand than for a print run of thousands. However, for smaller print runs, the average cost per copy is much smaller because the set-up costs are much lower. If you choose the CompletelyNovel Publishing Free Plan there is no set-up cost at all. You can try out our self-publishing service here.
Who uses print-on-demand?
CompletelyNovel offers a unique print-on-demand self-publishing service which enables you to take full control over how your book looks, how it is sold and who creates it.
Easy manuscript upload
There’s no need to create a PDF version of your book. You can upload a Word document direct to CompletelyNovel and we will create a PDF which is instantly ready to be printed. We have advice on formatting and typesetting so you can make your manuscript look professional.
Cover design made simple
Our specialised online cover creator makes it really straightforward to design your front cover, spine and back cover. You can upload your own images and text, or select from our suggestions. You can also take a look at our cover design advice from experts.
Full control over your book sales
You can choose what price you are going to sell your book at and choose whether you want to make it available through mainstream retail channels as well as through CompletelyNovel. There are more details of this on our Publishing Plans page.
Choose your printer
CompletelyNovel links to a number of different print-on-demand printers, who operate in different countries. You can select the one that you want based on price and after checking out their company.
For more information about the printers on CompletelyNovel, please take a look at our Printers page
Find out more about how it all works on CompletelyNovel.
Print-on-demand has lots of advantages. Here are a few of them: