What's for dinner?
What’s for dinner tonight? Do you want to dine at a 4 star restaurant, cook a family meal, or drive through on your way home? Life feels abundant and wonderful when you have choices for our life’s sustenance. Each option has its benefits and disadvantages. To dine at a 4-star restaurant you must have the funds necessary to pay for the bill. A family meal can be more complicated depending on family dynamics, or an instant soul satisfying experience. Drive through food can be addictive, and cheap, but not necessarily life sustaining. These 3 dining forms are similar to the options you have to get your book printed, offset, digital, and ebooks.
Let’s just say that dining at a 4-star restaurant is like traditional offset publishing. De Harts is a wonderful example of an offset printer; they have the great reputation and their product will be of high quality. A manuscript must be completely ready from front cover to back endorsements before you can send them anything. Your minimum order can be as small as 250 books.
Carrying the family meal analogy to digital printing, either Print on Demand or with a small order of books, can be quicker, less expensive, and have both good news and bad news. The bad news is that some digital printing houses only want your order and when there is a problem with the final product they are nowhere to be found. The good news is that Lightning Source as a digital printer is both Print on Demand and has a connection to Ingram (the largest wholesaler of books in the US). Print on Demand gives the small publisher the chance to print 25 copies at a time rather than 250-2500 books with offset. Depending on your family the meal can be soul nurturing or a nightmare of dysfunction. Having a book shepherd like Selby ink on your team will help to minimize the struggle and dysfunction.
Drive through food is almost instantaneous and easy to obtain. Anyone can publish an ebook place it on Amazon for Kindle or on their own website for purchase. I actually recommend that every author publish an excerpted version of their book as an ebook and put it on their site. Ebooks work for people who live outside the US, who prefer to not add shipping onto the sale price of the book, or those people who think an ebook is “greener” than buying a printed book. More and more people are becoming comfortable with downloading their favorite reads.
To have choices for how to print your book, or what to eat for dinner is sublime. We can fashion a meal or a printing choice based on our goals, pocketbooks, and how quickly we want to consume the end product. Selby ink can help you design what is the right choice for you, and your book. Come visit our website <a href="http://www.selbyink.com">www.selbyink.com</a>