Printing

Pickawoowoo is a print solutions company

From print-on-demand (POD) to offset printing, there is a printing method to suit every business / publishing model. Soon after you hire our services, we’ll help you decipher the complexities and assist with the decisions / solution (or combination of solutions) that are right for you.

If print-on-demand best suits your needs, we’ll link you with world class Print-on-Demand solutions. If it makes more sense to print short-run quantities, we’ll get your book into POD production (a digital book printing plant). For larger print runs,  we’ll get your books into production through our affiliation with onshore and offshore printers.

At Pickawoowoo we’ll help you navigate those waters and know when to make the switch from POD to Digital to Offset and back.

What are the benefits of print on demand (POD)?

Our preferred supplier uses the most advanced print-on-demand technology to offer self-publishers quality books in a wide variety of print options for an affordable price. Print on demand is considered low risk and low entry into the market place.

  • Cutting-edge quality and durability - indistinguishable from traditionally published books: inside and out.

  • Binding and paper options - perfect bound, saddle stitch, and case laminate bindings; 50 lb / 74 gsm paper in crème or white and 70 lb / 104 gsm paper in white.

  • Colour printing or black-and-white - Advanced colour printing for stunning colour, sharp graphics, and crisp text. Premium colour or standard colour

  • Easily update files - Find a typo or get a stellar review? Easily update print-on-demand files, and newly printed books will reflect your changes.

  • Numerours book trim sizes - One size doesn’t fit all. We can supply the trim size that fits your story.

  • Hardcover or paperback - jacketed or not; glossy, textured, or matte. 

  • Fast and efficient shipping worldwide - with printing facilities all over the world to get your books where they need to go with speed and reliability.

  • Never out of stock - It’s in the name: print on demand. Your book is printed as soon as it’s ordered, and can’t be out of stock.

  • No need to store unsold copies - Printing books costs money and so does storing them. With our preferred printer, books are printed as they’re ordered.

Offset Printing 

Offset printing is the most popular technique for commercial printing or bulk printing. It has been around since the 20th century and is a technique where the image is transferred – or offset – from a plate to a rubber blanket, then onto the printing surface. There are advantages to offset printing as listed below but remember this is high costs and high risk (if your book does not sell well):

  • Consistent high-quality images

  • A wide range of paper types can be used as well as special custom inks like metallic and Pantone colours

  • Enhanced detail and accuracy in colour matching – colours are printed exactly

  • Very cost-effective for large quantities of printing – it’s the cheapest way to produce quality prints in commercial printing quantities

  • An option of custom finishes

Short Print Run? 

Short run book printing is any volume of less than the standard print run of 1000-2000 books. So whether it is 1, 15, 50, or 400, we can layout your paperback or hard back to your specific needs and then print as required. This is a great solution for not-for-profit, government, churches and other organisations looking for a way to publish for their memberships.

Short run book printing for schools - School teachers and educators, if you have education materials that you have written we can help design and print. You retain all copyright ownership and you only need print what you need.

 

 

What is the difference between Offset Printing and Print on Demand?


While the vast majority of author/publishers turn to print-on-demand services when it’s time to take their book public, and for good reason, there are certain times in which offset printing is a better option. Knowing which type of printing service to use depends on authors’ publishing needs – and before any decision is made, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the two types of printing.

Today, author/publishers use print-on-demand as a flexible distribution strategy that allows them to make their work available in markets around the world, without making a significant upfront investment or dealing with the logistics of shipping, distribution, and storage. However POD isn’t a panacea, and there are several cases in which an indie author's needs are better met by offset printing. Most commonly employed for large print runs, offset lithography is a commercial printing process in which ink is transferred from a plate onto a rubber sheet, then rolled onto paper being fed through a press. It’s how most major publishers print their books, which means the majority of books you see for sale in any brick-and-mortar bookstore were produced using offset. The cost for offset is much higher as your minimum print run is 1000 copies.




Can Pickawoowoo organise Offset Printing?


To complete our spectrum of print and distribution solutions, we offer offset printing when the volume required makes this the most cost-effective approach.

Printing offset means printing in bulk. Offset printing is ideal for mass production ...the main reason for this is to get the unit cost down per book. Unlike Print on Demand there is a minimum book run of 1000 -1500 (paperback) and 750 Hardback copies thus allowing a much higher profit margin per book sale.




What is Publish on Demand or Print on Demand?


Don’t print 1000’s of book, publish your book ... on demand. Publishing these days is viewed differently - a self publishing paradigm has occurred. What if books could sync with mobile devices and e-readers directly after the final word was written? What if a publisher could make their titles available forever? What if books could truly be accessible across the world? Those are awe-inspiring questions. For the first time in the history of the book industry, they are becoming realities. Books can be created and distributed worldwide almost immediately after they have been written. Writers, publishers, and authors can interact in monumental ways. Readers can access books anywhere at any time through physical and digital copies. The only barrier to what is next is our own imagination.

These possibilities are at the heart of Publish On Demand. It has changed the way publishing is done by improving how publishers are connected with distributors, and challenging the way they talk about print and e-books. Real-time ordering from readers, bookstores, or libraries can create up-to-date reports for publishers. E-books can be uploaded and distributed to online booksellers or mobile devices with just a click. Writers and publishers can meet market demands faster than ever before. And of course they print your book as you need it. It's all possible now. AND there is absolutely no need to go through a PAY to PUBLISH operation (vanity publisher).

Publish on Demand is more than just print or digital copies—it’s a different way of looking at the way publishing is traditionally done and embracing the possibilities. It's the avenue for creating amazing and accessible books.




Can independent bookstores get my POD book?


Yes! Independent bookstores can purchase any title directly from Ingram or from their distribution partners. You can also choose whether or not bookstores can return your books, which is a factor bookstores consider when making purchases.




How much does POD printing cost?


We will always give you an estimated quote to print your book. Writing and producing books is challenging enough without complicated pricing structures. Pickawoowoo can help you to work out POD costs and the revenues made from the wholesalers.




Can you give me more information about print-on-demand?


Print-on-Demand is technology used to print and bind a single copy of a book, one at a time. Trade publishers often use POD as a method to maintain a book’s availability without maintaining inventory (mid and back lists).

Some publishers have only ever produced books using print-on-demand. You have to determine which method fits your needs. Print-on-Demand is attractive. It doesn’t need any up-front investment in inventory. If you are producing more than one copy at a time, this is commonly referred to as short run printing.

Self publishing companies inflate book printing prices. This is how they make a bulk of their profits - from print runs. We’re proud to say, we give you direct access to our POD partners and can set up the account with them (under your name). This way you always pay the wholesale cost for printing. The savings when printing at cost is beyond amazing.

Almost every self-publishing company uses one of two printers for print-on-demand book printing. We don’t hide our POD printer or prices and we’re extremely proud of that. That’s why it’s easy to know what other book publishers pay for print-on-demand book printing. We all use the same pricing sheet.

Pickawoowoo Publishing Group believes that the author should be the one who profits from their book sales, not us.




When should I use colour book printing?


Colour book printing is mainly utilized for children’s picture books, photographic books, coffee table and cookbooks . Simultaneously done for either digital or offset. Colour digital printing is more affordable than ever before. There are options between premium or standard colour. Yet, if your book page count is over 40 pages, then the cost to print a colour book using the digital method can get very expensive. NOTE: With Print on Demand the book is either all colour or all black and white. Yet, with offset print you can attempt to reduce the cost of your book by making only portions of it colour.





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