View Full Version : POD versus Self-Publishing

08-29-2009, 09:37 PM
Can someone please explain the difference between POD and Self-Publishing?

08-30-2009, 03:34 AM
POD relates to using digital printing--a printing press that can generate single books as they are needed rather than only large print runs.

Self-publishing is acting as your own publisher.

08-30-2009, 03:41 AM
POD stands for print on demand and is a printing method as veinglory describes. Some large publishing houses use the method for special circumstances like advance copies and backlist books that still occasionally sell a few copies. Some smaller publishers use the method exclusively so as to not invest a lot of money in warehoused books and some vanity presses and unscrupulous publishers use the method to sell books to the author rather than the book buying public.