Electronic Magazine – November 2014 v13#11: Design Monday, Nov 3 2014 

Publishing a hard copy edition (unbound or in hard or soft cover) one-at-a-time (print on demand) presents some unique options most printed editions do not have. As you are printing a single book for a single customer, consider adding value to the book by including the following offers:

  1. Number each POD book you produce. Keep track of books in hard cover and soft cover, or total produced. Your first could be 1 in 2014, 1 Print on Demand, or some other way – the next ordered would be 2, etc.

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December 2005, V4#12: Design Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

If a hardbound book is produced, custom consider printed end sheets.  Lower cost alternative:

  • Fancy and/or author signed (possibly even numbered) book plate

September 2005, V4#9: Marketing Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

With pre-publication sales, consider offering, in addition to the pre-publication payment discount, something special about those paid books.  It could be author signed, numbered, include a color photo page, color divider pages, custom frontice piece, or an improved binding for an extra charge.  If the publishing project is for softbound books, offer a hardbound collectors edition price in addition to the regular discount softbound edition.  If going the hardbound/softbound marketing route, don’t forget to market to your libraries, especially if you are able to offer the hardbound edition for not much more than the standard retail for the softbound edition will be.

September 2004, V3#9: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Top Design Ideas that COST, and some options that don’t: In today’s economy, there are lots of suggestions devoted to producing a quality book with as little cost involved to the author as possible – this issue is no exception.  However, many family projects are the culmination of a lifetime of work, many times where the author has been setting aside funds for publication for years.  Additionally, as a labor of love, some families can’t put a price on such a keepsake.  This month we’d like to offer a few suggestions if “money is no object” – and ways to make the book look that way.

  • Have a sheet for each book that is the edition number.  Each book will be 1 or 100, 2 of 100, 3 of 100, etc. (more economical – have a page “_____ of 100” and hand number in the blank once you have books.)

  • Add a photo, document, notes, etc. CD to the book.  Printing black and white photos? Include the color on on CD, etc.  The CD is a cost saver due to the fact that you don’t have to pay for the color printing, nor printing for everything you can stuff on a CD.

  • See Book Manufacturing Concepts V3#9 Production

June 2004, V3#6: Design Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

When putting out more than one family (line) book, this can be done as totally separate books with different design choices.  They can also be put out as volumes in the set of your family.  These would utilize the same design choices and be numbered.  Volumes can also be sold as sets or individual volumes easier than a group of family books that are not a “set”.