Until a few years ago it was not
profitable to print a book in less than several thousand copies.
Since the press preparation and printing process was carried out
in off-set printing, just to print the first copy was
complicated and expensive.
The technological development of the
Digital Printing Presses —with more accurate, robust and faster
laser printers—, allowed making profit from a single copy
printed, while the development of the ecommerce has led to an
explosion of books distribution and international sales. These
two factors have made it possible to print the books on demand
(POD), so a reader orders a book online (or on a bookstore), and
that single copy is printed and shipped to the customer. This
way, no inventory is needed and books are never out of stock
since they are only kept in electronic files, waiting for a
buyer to be printed and sent to.
Alexandria Library, according to the
latest trends in technology, has adopted the POD process. Once
the manuscript is received, we perform the copyediting,
proofreading and prepare the computer files according with the
requirements for digital printing, submitting them for
international distribution and sales.
Our books are professionally edited,
with full color cover cardboard with glitter, and the interior
pages, usually in black ink on white or cream (also available in
full color), have an opaque paper and acid free. The gluing and
cutting is high quality.
The final results are books
available for sale through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most of
retailers while will be also placed in the catalogs of major
international books distributors like Ingram and Baker & Taylor,
suppliers of bookstores and libraries worldwide. The whole
process, from the manuscript to the international exposure,
takes a few weeks.
The author does not have printing
disbursement and there is no need to store or send books to
buyers. There is nothing to pay for keeping the books for sale
permanently. The author only has an one-time cost and waits for
the royalties to be paid, by check or wire transfer.
To go to the page for making books
on paper, procedure and costs