View Full Version : Looking for printing only

02-27-2015, 01:10 AM
I believe this is the proper place to post this.

I am not interested in publishing a book to sell. I have some materials that I would like to get 'printed' in book format and distribute in small numbers to my friends. From what I understand, I'm looking for a sort of straight print on demand service (no distribution, no royalties, etc.). I'm having trouble finding one and thought to look here for help. Any suggestions?

King Neptune
02-27-2015, 01:27 AM
Check with local print shops; some print books. If you want to print on demand, then you will have to ask about that specifically, because some printers that will print a few hundred copies of a book will not print on demand.

02-27-2015, 04:49 AM
I think I've heard of people doing this through Createspace or Lulu and just ordering author copies without ever submitting for distribution. Don't quote me on that, but it might be worth looking into.

Old Hack
02-27-2015, 11:43 AM
I've used Lulu for this. There's an option for making a book public or keeping it private. It was easy.

J. Tanner
02-27-2015, 09:23 PM
CreateSpace has the same option, and should be cheaper for a typical paperback unless Lulu has removed the setup fee ($99 if I understand correctly).

Old Hack
02-27-2015, 11:59 PM
There was no setup fee when I used Lulu.

02-28-2015, 12:46 AM
If you just want a few copies, you could try finding a local shop that has an Espresso book machine. Otherwise, Createspace is the way to go for paperback--you can simply order proof copies without ever publishing.

02-28-2015, 08:54 PM
There was no setup fee when I used Lulu.
CS limits you to five proof copies. If you want more, you have to resubmit the book and go through the review process again.


Laer Carroll
02-28-2015, 10:19 PM
Proof copies cost me about $5.00 each and final copies $10.00. Plus you have to pay postage, which is about $4.00 for one copy and $2.50 each if your up-to-five are packaged together.