Digital publishing uses a digital-based image (such as from a desktop computer) and often laser or ink-jet printers. Although the cost to print each page is usually more than that with traditional offset printing methods, the overall cost may be less when printing only a few books. This method, which includes printing on demand (POD), works best for quick turnaround and/or printing a small numbers of books.
Digital Book Publishing may be a solution for authors interested in a short run of their title, for example, a family history that is written just for close relatives or an academic workbook or manual. Book Publishers Network uses a printer that will print as few as 25 books digitally.
However, if your goal is to reach the general public with your work, your credibility and product will fare much better in the book publishing world if you avoid POD. Yes, you may save money by printing only what you need at the moment, but you sacrifice all the important aspects of a truly marketable book: good editing, good layout design, widespread distribution, successful marketing and promotion, and your total control over the end-product. Also, as of now, most bookstores will not stock POD books.
We at Book Publishers Network still do the production, the editing, the cover design, and the layout, but we only print the number of books that we know you will be successful at selling. Our clients get a quality product without some of the pitfalls of the POD process.
The bulk of our work is with authors who want to market their books, sell a quantity of them, and know they have a book they can be proud of and at a good price.