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Print On Demand

The best way to affordably print and sell your books on demand as they are ordered in the biggest bookstores around the world. Starting at just $149.

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Print On Demand

What is Print On Demand?

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Print On Demand (POD) is the biggest revolution in book printing since the Gutenberg press, making it convenient and affordable for self-published authors to print and sell their books straight to readers around the world. With on demand printing, authors can distribute their books to readers without having to buy and store hundreds of books on their own. Print On Demand allows authors the freedom to market and sell their book around the world without having to worry about storing, shipping, or having enough books in stock.

In the past, self-published authors were plagued with large upfront costs, printing more books than necessary, and managing excess inventory on their own. Print On Demand erases those troubles with an efficient small-run printing process that still provides maximum exposure, but with more author control and minimal investment.

Here's how it works

Your book is purchased

Your book is purchased

Customers order and pay for your book online through stores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wholesale book networks including Ingram or Baker & Taylor.

The order comes directly to us

The order comes directly to us

We print, bind, and package the order — on demand — even if it’s just one copy.

Books are shipped

Books are shipped

Printed books are shipped back to the retailer or wholesaler for fulfillment to their buyers.

You get paid

You get paid

We collect the payment, deduct all printing and selling costs, and pay you the net sales.

Why is Print On Demand in demand?

  • No inventory needed—you don’t have to buy 100s of books when you print one at a time.
  • Print On Demand is a sustainable process that removes paper waste and reduces our overall environmental impact.
  • All BookBaby paper stocks are certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). Learn more here.
  • Your printed books will be available at Amazon, B&N, Powell’s, and thousands of other stores and wholesale bookstore catalogs around the world.
  • Print On Demand is available for all of our popular trim sizes, including Digest, US Trade, Small Square (perfect bound only), Square, Landscape, and US Letter. See all trim-size options.

Best decision! I researched many self-publishing and print-on-demand companies. BookBaby just kept rising above the rest in the services they provided. Now that my book is done, I am so happy that I went with them. Excellent service, excellent support, excellent product.

Nancy Cerra-Medland

Choose from two Print On Demand options:



For successful independent authors, discoverability is the name of the game. Make your title(s) available to the largest network of booksellers, libraries, and online retailers.

Print On Demand
  • Your book will be available to Amazon, Powell’s Books, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble, as well as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, NACSCORP, Bookazine, Diamond Comic, BPDI, Christian Book Distributors, and 50+ others.
  • Sell books on demand right next to your eBooks on your exclusive BookBaby Bookshop™ storefront and make more money with every sale.
  • No more inventory issues or unsold book clutter.
  • We’ll manage your book’s logistics and track your sales reporting.
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with Bookshop™


Enjoy more control and more royalties by placing your focus on your dedicated Bookshop™ storefront.

  • Make 50% royalties on your retail price—up to 3X more than other self-publishing options.
  • Receive your payment faster—just days after your book is ordered.
  • Thanks to POD, your printed book is guaranteed to always be in stock.
  • Your book is up for sale quickly—usually within a few days of your finalized initial book printing order.
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How much can I earn?

Your royalties depend on many factors, from your selling price to the size and type of printed book. Here are some examples of common book types, sizes, and prices.


6"x9", 200 pages, perfect bound, black text, 60lb natural
Retail Price Royalty $ Royalty %
$10.99 $1.23 11%
$12.99 $2.03 16%
$13.99 $2.44 17%
$14.99 $2.84 19%
$15.99 $3.25 20%


8.5"x8.5" square, 28 pages, perfect bound, color, 60lb natural
Retail Price Royalty $ Royalty %
$7.99 $1.02 12%
$9.99 $1.83 18%
$10.99 $2.23 20%
$12.99 $3.04 23%
$15.99 $4.25 26%

Want to see how much you’ll make? Save your quote to access our royalty calculator.

Making the most of Print On Demand

It’s the publishing dream of millions of would-be authors: Selling their printed books to customers around the globe, printed to order, without having to ship or store them.

Here's how you can successfully sell your books with POD.

Still have questions?

Give us a call and let’s talk about it.
1-877-961-6878 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm EDT)

Frequently Asked Questions

How does printed book distribution work?

Add POD distribution to any bulk printing order of 25 or more books.

  • Upload your cover and text PDF files.
  • Enter the retail price of your book. This is the price that your title will sell for in the retail stores.
  • Complete POD distribution survey. This is where you will provide us with the details of your book including your author bio, title description and metadata.
  • BookBaby prepares your files for print and sets up your title in our distribution system.
  • In about 3-4 weeks your titles will begin to appear for ordering at online retailers and to our wholesale distribution network.
  • Retailers order your title.
  • BookBaby prints the books to the demand of the retailer and fulfills the order back to the retailer who turns around and fulfills the order to their buyer.
  • Payment is received from the retailers and added to your BookBaby distribution account.

How do I set the retail sales price for my books?

(If you order the print on demand option) After you save your project quote and upload your manuscript and text files you will complete the distribution form. In the distribution form you will have the opportunity to model retail sales pricing for your book. The retail sales price is the price your book will be sold for in the retail stores.

Your print book price must always be set at least $2 more than your eBook price.

How much money will I receive when my printed book sells?

Depending on the retail price of your title, and the specs of the book, most titles will generate between 10% -30% royalties. Sometimes sales will fall outside of these royalty targets depending on international currency conversion rates, the manufacturing costs associated with production of your titles, and the fluctuation in retailer distribution charges. BookBaby built its distribution network with the goal of maximizing exposure for your titles while maintaining the best royalty rates possible.

Where will my books be available for sale?

As part of your print-on-demand distribution (POD), your title will be available to a number of different retail outlets, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the BookBaby Bookshop and Powell’s, as well as wholesalers and distributors like Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Please note that while we make the title available to all of these outlets, it’s ultimately up to our partners if they’d like to list the book on their site. It’s still available to them, however.

The list of partners can be found here:

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