Print on demand kids books
Benefits and disadvantages of print on demand book publishingThe print on demand (pod) printing and book publishing, is a strategy whereby kids books are published only when an order has been received. So there is no book inventory. The benefit of pod strategy is that publishers can maintain all their publications, even the older books. The phrase "out-of-print" will disappear because all books will be print ready, stored in an electronic format on computers. an other benefit of the pod strategy is that books are not waiting to be sold in a warehouse and if not sold be destroyed, which is a waste of energy.
Pod is possible for kids books publishing however the unit cost of pod books is higher than old fashioned printed books and the print quality of colors is less. This may affect books for children and picture books mostly. However PDF color settings of a Pod kids books can make a substantial difference in color brightness and appearance.
An other disadvantage of pod books is that you cannot buy the book immediately in the book store, unless the book store bought at it's own risk a few copies.
Pod publishing is a good option for beginning writers and most profitable if they know how to drive traffic to their site. If you want to sell your book via amazon you pay 40% of your list price. Having your book in a book store cost you 60% of the list price. Example: from a $10 dollar book, $6 goes to the books store and distributor, the remaining $4 you share with the kids book printer, in case of a picture book that is $3.65 with create space, your profit per book $0.35
Lightning source and Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon, offer the most extensive channels through which you can sell your books.
A production cost comparison matrix is shown here.
Wallymeets loves the idea of green publishing and publishes all its books on demand.