POD publishing

Print-On-Demand is the best solution to print, sell, and distribute your book online and in major bookstores.

Luminare Press uses cutting-edge print-on-demand technology to publish and distribute your book.

What is print-on-demand?

Print-on-demand is the combination of a revolutionary system and a printing technology which creates your book only when a copy is requested or ordered, instead of having to print a large quantity in advance and stock it. This model works particularly well for books, but is used for many different things, from art to t-shirts.

Why use print-on-demand (POD) when you self-publish a book?

When you publish using print-on-demand, your book can be available for sale through a wide number of outlets. Your customers will have the option of ordering from online sellers, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many more, and your book will be available for bookstores to order.
Because of this technology you won’t need to decide how many books to print in advance, you won’t have to monitor inventory or ship books and, best of all, you won’t have to pay money upfront to make it available. When a book is sold, the order goes to the printer, the title is printed and shipped directly to the customer, so your book will never be out of stock! Print-on-demand also allows you to republish a new version of your book if you want to make minor changes after publication, without having to deal with previously printed versions sitting somewhere.

How print on demand POD works for books

Of course, if you need or want to buy books for yourself (author copies), you’ll be able to order them directly from the printer to sell at readings and presentations or to give to friends and family. You won’t pay any additional charge to Luminare Press and will be able to purchase books for the printing cost, instead of the retail price.

To recap, POD key advantages:

  • No upfront costs and no need to buy books in advance
  • No inventory to track or stock to keep
  • Ability to update the edition or version of your books at any time
  • National and global distribution through all online outlets and major bookstores
  • Ability to choose among many sizes and trims for your book

We take care of the complex aspects

After the design process is completed and the cover and interior files are ready to print, we upload the files to a print-on-demand printer. We provide title information (metadata), including book description, categories, keywords, and retail price to the printer; we register your book with Bowker’s Books in Print and the Library of Congress; provide an ISBN; and set up your distribution channels.

Once the files are approved for printing, Luminare will send you a proof copy for review, and after any proof changes are made, we proceed with publishing.

Can I choose the size and trim of my book based on the genre of my book?

Yes, you can choose among many sizes and trim. During the process, Luminare Press will guide you through the different options, based on your needs, distribution goals, and genre. We also provide several options for a hardcover version.

Here are the most popular trim and sizes we work with:

5 x 8 inches
5.5 x 8.5 inchesrecommended for most novels and memoirs
6 x 9 inches
8 x 10 inches recommended for most children’s picture books
8.5 x 8.5 inches best square option 
8.5 x 11 inches
11 x 8.5 inches landscape orientation trim size
And moreadditional trim sizes available

What’s the impact of POD on my royalties?

All Luminare Press authors keep 100 percent of the royalties, meaning that they (and you can too) earn 100 percent of the profits that come from your book sales. Royalties and net earnings depend on many factors, including retail price, cost of printing, and distribution channel. To learn more, read our guide on how to calculate the royalties for your book and understand how much you’ll earn from every sale.

All our publishing packages include setup for print-on-demand and preferential bookstore distribution.

Ready to publish your manuscript with POD publishing?
Luminare Press can help you with this, and much more. View our publishing options or schedule a consultation call to start your publishing journey.