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Print On Demand Distribution

The efficient, affordable way to print and sell your books
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Print On Demand

What is Print On Demand?

Print On Demand (POD) makes it convenient and affordable for self-published authors to print and sell their books straight to readers around the world. Print On Demand allows authors the freedom to market and sell their books around the world without having to worry about storing, shipping, or having enough books in stock.

How Print On Demand distribution works:

  1. Your book is listed with all major retailer and wholesalers
    Through our distribution services, your book will be listed across major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, wholesale distributors, and on BookBaby Bookshop
  2. Your book is purchased online
    Customers order and pay for your book through the retailer, wholesaler, or through Bookshop
  3. The order is fulfilled by the retailer or by BookBaby
    We print, bind, and package the order — on demand — whether it’s just one copy of the print book or a larger quantity
  4. Books are shipped
    Printed books are shipped directly from the retailer or wholesaler for fulfillment to their buyers, or direct to the customer if purchased through Bookshop
  5. You get paid!
    We collect the payment, deduct all printing and selling costs, and pay you the net sales

Retail distribution network:

Retail distribution network

Wholesale distribution network:

Retail distribution network

Choose from two POD distribution options:

Global Distribution Network

  • 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

BookBaby Bookshop™

  • 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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Which industry-standard trim sizes are available for POD?



5.5" x 8.5"


More info Digest
Digest trim size is commonly used for digest publications such as the TV Guide, and Readers Digest, but is also a popular interior template option for poetry books. Need special book formatting for your poetry? Our sales team can help.


9" x 7"


More info Landscape
Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books and children’s books. If you’re writing an illustrated children’s book make sure to account for images and text with this book template.


8.5" x 8.5"


More info Square
Square is matched well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Square sizes are popular options for larger format fiction, non-fiction, photography, and cooking books.
us letter

US Letter

8.5" x 11"


More info US Letter
US Letter size is useful for many types of books ranging from photography to training manuals. This template has the same dimensions as a piece of average computer paper.
us trade

US Trade

6" x 9"


More info US Trade
US Trade book layouts are a popular selection for sporting books and other non-fiction titles.

How much can I earn?

Your royalties depend on many factors, from your selling price to the size and type of printed book. Access our royalty calculator by saving a quote for your custom book.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does print on demand mean?

Gone are the days when you absolutely have to order your books in larger quantities, just to have boxes of them taking up your living room space. Enter: print on demand. What does on-demand publishing mean exactly, and how does it compare to traditional printing? Print on demand is a revolutionary process where authors can conveniently and affordably print and distribute their books as needed. Your books will be marketed and sold across the globe, without you having the hassle of storing or shipping them. And you'll never have to worry about having enough books in stock!

With print on demand, you won't have the typical upfront costs that come with ordering your books in larger quantities. Your books will be available to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and tons of other bookstores and catalogs worldwide. Plus, it's a sustainable process that helps to reduce paper waste and our impact on the environment.

Looking to print just one book for now? Check out our press proof service. You can utilize this press proof to see how your book looks and feels before investing in print on demand or larger quantity printing services.

What does the printing and distribution process look like?

The printing and distribution process takes just a few steps when you use our Print On Demand services. When a customer orders your book online through sites like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, the order will come right to us here at BookBaby. Then, no matter what the size of the order, we'll print, bind, and package your books and ship them to the retailer or wholesaler. Once the payment is collected, we'll deduct the printing and selling costs, and you get paid the net sales!

We also offer plenty of options when it comes to the printing process — that is, you'll have the option of whether to choose paperback vs hardcover, the trim size and binding of your book, as well as paper stock options. We make our printing process simple, so that you can customize and create the book of your dreams.

How does the publishing service work?

While self-publishing services can vary from one company to the next, BookBaby’s are unique. Here, you can find every self-publishing service you need, all under one roof. Whether you’re looking for book printing and distribution, creating eBooks, book cover design, editing, and much more, you’ll find everything you need right here.

Additionally, we offer individual self-publishing packages that can help you get a clearer idea of what might help you out on your book publishing journey. Each package is priced to meet every author’s budget so that you can bring your book to life with convenience and ease.

How can I benefit from print on demand services?

Print on demand services offer you the flexibility to distribute your book on an as-needed basis. That way, you won't have to put out larger costs up front, only to have tons of books that need to get onto bookstore shelves.

Plus, our on-demand printing services will do the distributing for you. Just simply place your order, and we'll print and ship to the distributors, then collect payments, and you get paid! The self-publishing process really can be that easy with print on demand.