Print on Demand Books: The Future of Publishing

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Print on Demand is not just a printing method; it’s a revolution in the way we think about publishing.

In a world where technological advancements are reshaping every industry, the field of publishing is not left behind. Print on Demand (POD) has emerged as a game-changer, offering authors and publishers unprecedented flexibility in the digital age.

This innovative approach is transforming the publishing landscape, ushering in a new era of accessibility and efficiency. It’s not just a printing method; it’s a revolution in how we think about publishing.

The Print on Demand benefits for authors are immense. Gone are the days when authors had to navigate the labyrinth of traditional book publishing houses that held a monopoly over the dissemination of literature. It liberates creative minds from the constraints of mainstream gatekeepers, offering a direct avenue for authors to share their stories. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a fresh voice, POD provides a platform for everyone.

What is Print on Demand?

Print on Demand (POD) is a printing and fulfilment process that enables books to be printed as needed. Unlike traditional publishing, where books are printed in bulk before demand is known, POD allows the creation of individual copies as orders are placed. This dynamic model eliminates the need for large print runs and excessive inventory. In simple words, it can be called on-demand printing of books.

How Print-on-Demand Works in the Book Publishing Industry

Print on Demand services operate on a simple yet powerful premise. When a reader places an order for a book, the printing process is initiated on the POD platform. Advanced digital printing technologies ensure that each copy is produced with the same quality as traditional offset printing. The book is then shipped directly to the customer or the bookstore, cutting down on storage costs and waste associated with overproduction.

The Print-on-Demand publishing market in India has witnessed exponential growth, driven by its adaptability to various publishing needs, with several POD books available today. The market has become a melting pot of creativity, giving a voice to those who have struggled to break through in the traditional publishing arena.

The Traditional Publishing Model

Traditionally, publishing was a lengthy and often exclusive process. Authors would submit manuscripts to publishers, hoping for acceptance into a world where gatekeepers held the keys to literary success. However, this model came with inherent challenges and limitations that hindered the industry’s growth.

Lengthy publishing timelines, limited control over creative decisions, and the struggle to secure a publishing deal were just a few of the challenges. Also, the financial risks associated with large print runs and the pressure to meet sales quotas often left authors and publishers in precarious positions.

The Advantages of Print-on-Demand

Print on Demand presents a paradigm shift in the publishing paradigm, offering a host of advantages over the traditional model.

Cost Reduction and Risk Mitigation 

One of the most significant advantages of POD is the drastic reduction in upfront costs. With traditional publishing, authors, and publishers were required to invest in large print runs, leading to excess inventory and the risk of unsold books. POD eliminates this financial burden by printing only when there is demand, mitigating the risks associated with overproduction.

The Benefits of Print on Demand for Small Publishers & Self-Published Authors 

Print on Demand is a game-changer for self-published authors and small publishing houses. It levels the playing field, providing a cost-effective avenue for publishing without compromising on quality.

Small publishers can experiment with niche genres and cater to specific audiences without the pressure of meeting mass-market demands. Authors can maintain creative control over their work, deciding on cover designs, formatting, and marketing strategies.

The influence of Print on Demand publishing extends beyond cost savings. It revolutionizes the entire publishing process, from inception to distribution. It introduces a streamlined, demand-driven workflow into the publishing world.

POD accelerates the publishing timeline significantly. Manuscripts can be transformed into physical copies within days, not months. This agility allows authors to respond swiftly to market trends and reader demands. Revisions and updates can be implemented seamlessly, keeping content relevant and engaging.

Democratization of the Publishing Industry

Print on Demand democratizes the publishing industry by breaking down the traditional barriers to entry. Authors from diverse backgrounds and experiences now have the opportunity to share their stories without the need for a nod from traditional gatekeepers. This inclusivity fosters a literary landscape reflecting human experiences’ rich tapestry.

Print on Demand is not just a printing technology; it’s a catalyst for change in the publishing industry. The future of publishing is dynamic, accessible, and filled with opportunities for authors and publishers who embrace the flexibility of the digital age.

Navigating the Print-on-Demand Revolution with Blue Pencil Publishers

At Blue Pencil Publishers, we harness the power of POD and offer a suite of services to streamline the publishing process. From editing and formatting to distribution and marketing, we provide comprehensive support tailored to the needs of today’s writers. Check out our end-to-end bespoke & affordable publishing solutions here.

As we bid farewell to the constraints of the past, the horizon looks bright, with Print on Demand Publishing leading the way toward a more inclusive and vibrant literary world.

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Empowering Young Authors: Books by Children & Teens — a Blue Pencil Speciality

Empowering Young Authors: Books by Children & Teens — a Blue Pencil Speciality
The Curious Little Bud by 5-year old Arin Banerjee

Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries”—H. Jackson Brown

Children’s untamed and wonder-filled minds possess a remarkable and valuable gift, i.e., the gift of imagination. When given proper care and encouragement, their bubbling creativity can be transformed into a mighty instrument that shapes the future of our world.

Each child has the potential to perform unfathomable tasks that will build a better society if provided with the appropriate opportunities.

However, in our modern era, the boundless potential of children is often overshadowed by the all-consuming presence of technology. Mobile phones, PC, TV, PlayStation, Xbox, etc. have taken hold of the younger generation’s attention, leaving little room for the organic development of their imaginative faculties.

As conscientious grown-ups, we may wonder: what action should we take? Is there anything we can do to help the situation? Well, don’t you worry! Blue Pencil has brought the right solution to your doorstep — Books for Kids by Kids!

The Magic Towel by 8-year-old Krrish Mishra
The Magic Towel by 8-year-old Krrish Mishra

Our “Young Authors” initiative provides a gateway for children to unleash their boundless imaginations and explore the limitless possibilities of their minds. It is a platform where their creative musings can run wild and free, unrestricted by the limitations of technology.

Understand Children’s Interests

The most authentic and relatable tales often spring forth from the pens of the young ones, reflecting their unique perspectives and passions.

Yet, to cultivate their creative capabilities and hone their craft, we must first ignite a spark of excitement and enthusiasm for writing within their hearts.

Here at Blue Pencil, we foster an atmosphere that inspires them to put pen to paper, fuelled by collaborative efforts that align with their interests. This approach encourages their creative impulses to flourish and flourish, resulting in written works that are creative and captivating.

Princess Chinni Goes to School by 12-year-old Isabella Dipesh

Refine the Writing Skills of Young Authors 

We aim to guide the kids to view writing as a thrilling pursuit, not a dull and dreaded task. With a team of renowned authors having impeccable backgrounds in English Creative Writing, we enable kids to realize their full potential.

We also encourage children to write by assisting them with the essential guidance and tools to polish their writing skills. The in-house editorial team provides proper editorial support with the structure, development of the various characters, and proofreading.

WERE WONDERS fantasy fiction
Were Wonders by 16-year-old Trishna Saha

Create Books That Resonate with Children

Books written by kids for kids can have a more significant influence on the younger generation.

By motivating kid authors to write books on children, Blue Pencil aims to create quality books that little readers can relate to more than books written by adult authors on children. After all, kids appreciate the nuances of their age group better than adults.

My Unicorn is a Dove by 10-year-old Sharanya Banerjee
My Unicorn is a Dove by 10-year-old Sharanya Banerjee

Welcome Creative Inputs from Kid Authors

Kids should feel involved and engaged in their creative endeavours. Thus, once the manuscript is all set for illustrations, we encourage creative inputs from the kid authors. This collaborative process makes them feel an active part of the entire project and enhances their creativity further.

What We Offer

Blue Pencil is committed to offering 360-degree editorial support for all writing projects. We offer our young writers the proper support and guidance to publish books that echo more with children and encourage them to read and write more.

We appreciate the creative inputs of our little authors to ensure that the writing process is exciting and fun for them. We are proud and thrilled to have a growing list of young authors who have enticed thousands of young readers through their impeccable writing skills and creativity.

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Blue Pencil’s Books at Dhaka Lit Fest 2023

A great moment of pride for all of us at Blue Pencil!
Our books are showcased at the world-famous Dhaka Lit Fest 2023, thanks to The University Press Limited (UPL).
Friends in Dhaka, do drop in at the UPL Stall – January 5-8, 2023.

Blue Pencil books at Dhaka Lit Fest 2023

The Blue Pencil books available for sale at the UPL stall are:

Reflections & Stray Thoughts

Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman

Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons

The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar

Murmurs: Silent Steals with Soumitra Chatterjee

Don’t forget to visit the vibrant celebration of literature and arts at the Dhaka Lit Fest 2023! It’s happening now at:
Bangla Academy
Suhrawardy Udyan Road,
Dhaka Bangladesh

Self-publish your Book, Reach Your Readers and Gain Access to a World of Infinite Possibilities

As the legendary author, poet, essayist and mentor Maya Angelou had said many years back, ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you’, any writer or storyteller worth his or her salt might know that the creative process of penning a book is nonetheless arduous than giving birth to a biological baby. But if it is a universal truth in terms of writing those untold stories, it is all the more important to get the book out for the readers for whom it was written in the first place.

Self Publish Your Book & Gain Infinite Possibilities

As the legendary author, poet, essayist and mentor Maya Angelou had said many years back, ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you’, any writer or storyteller worth his or her salt might know that the creative process of penning a book is nonetheless arduous than giving birth to a biological baby. But if it is a universal truth in terms of writing those untold stories, it is all the more important to get the book out for the readers for whom it was written in the first place.

What are the earliest thoughts that occur in the context of writing and publishing your own book?

Imagine the earlier days, when online retailers like Amazon, Kobo or iTunes were nowhere in existence, opening up new horizons of online publishing and distribution. Imagine the times when the process of pitching your book baby to major book publishing companies, the prime gatekeepers of the industry used to be a painful journey of sending out sample chapters and proposals one after the other, resulting in negation and despair. Many times, the dreams of aspiring authors to get their books out in print were nipped in the bud rather mercilessly, as the rejection letters by the publishers kept pouring in after a never-ending wait.

Many authors those days were plagued by the thoughts of inadequacy and self-pity as the book ideas were rejected as not enough lucrative, not enough worthy of the marketplace. Sylvia Plath, the phenomenal American confessional poet, the Pulitzer-prize winner whose books are widely read and translated in various languages all over the world now had once written about the phase of her repeated rejections of her manuscripts of poems: “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing, which remark I guess shows I still don’t have a pure motive about writing…” In fact, history is also witnessed too many timeless classics which faced repeated rejections, and finally were ritualized in print, resulting in widespread readership over the course of time.

The World of Amazon and Self-publishing:

Today, on the one hand, there is still this insistent hierarchy of literary agents pitching your books to the top five or ten publishers and a cumbersome process of waiting and trying your luck. On the other hand, there is a whole new world of freedom and possibilities with the advent of Amazon, Kobo, and other online book distribution channels which has made self-publishing for authors a lot easier, hassle-free, and less time-consuming like never before.

The flurry of self-publishing companies and self-published authors gained momentum with the advent of Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) in November 2007, concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle device. Over the course of time, Kindle Direct Publishing, used simultaneously by self-published authors and self-publishing companies became a great game-changer and resulted in the emergence of many versatile authors with out-of-the-box themes and content for their books who wanted worldwide readership in a fast, effective way and also while gaining full control over the sales of their books.

With the tools of technology, Amazon KDP enabled authors and publishers to independently publish their books directly to the Kindle Store. However, the hunger to self-publish print books remained a reality, hence in 2016, Amazon came up with their paperback services, using the benefits of print-on-demand technology that offered both digital and print editions (e-books and paperbacks) to book publishing companies and self-published authors, using the same platform in an economic way that appealed to many.

Over the years, the ordeal of the publishing world has resulted in the death of many a book, while a lot of bad books have also been buried in the sands of time. But we must acknowledge that many self-published authors today have earned readers through good content, proactive marketing in the digital media, and as a result, are getting lucrative deals with major publishing houses in the long run.

Neal Pollack, in his New York Times article titled ‘The Case of Self-Publishing’, cites the recent examples of the famous thriller author Barry Eisler backing out of a half-a-million-dollar dream book deal with St. Martin’s Press, deciding to be the bestseller author that he is, with self-publishing his book.

Amanda Hocking, another bestselling author of 9 e-books, recently stated that she was tired of answering emails of publishers and just wanted to focus on writing.

Many authors in Indian writing in English, and also diaspora writers are considering self-publishing or have already successfully self-published their books and reached a huge number of their target readers, leveraging the benefits of online distribution through Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and other major players. Some others, like the bestselling author Neil De Silva, started out with gaining considerable readership through his self-published books and are now getting major deals with big publishers like Rupa & Co. Hence, it can be argued that today, self-publishing crackles with myriad possibilities which were never conceived before.

self publish your book
Turn your dream manuscript into a printed book and ebook

Among the major self-publishing platforms that support authors from India, these are some to consider:

Amazon KDP: E-books from indie publishers and authors (which lets you earn 70% royalty on sales to customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and more)

Print and Read: Blue Pencil’s print-on-demand services for print books and ebooks. You can purchase additional services like editing, formatting, book cover designing and custom illustrations. Print and Read also enables extended online distribution through Amazon India and Amazon Worldwide as well as Flipkart.

Smashwords: One of the leading distributors of indie e-books offering digital publishing and distribution to most of the world’s largest e-book retailers and libraries. One of the most popular self-publishing services in India for print books, with additional services like editing, formatting, book cover designing, and also e-book conversion. Pothi also enables extended online distribution through and Flipkart.

With all these resources at your fingertips, publishing your own book has been truly an easy, rewarding experience. You never know, it might be a harbinger of the revolution!