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.

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What is Print On Demand?

Print On Demand (POD) 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

The order comes directly to us

Customers order and pay for your book online. We print, bind, and package the order — on demand — even if it’s just one copy.

Books are shipped

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

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.
  • Your printed books will be available in stores, and long-run bookstore catalogs around the world.

Choose from two Print On Demand options:

RETAILER-BASED

Make your title(s) available to the largest network of booksellers, libraries, and online retailers.

Ksh. 19,950/- Setup Fee
  • Your book will be available through retailers including Amazon, Jumia Books, Nuria, Attic Books, as well as Ingram.
  • Sell books on demand right next to your eBooks on online storefront and make more money with every sale.
  • No more inventory issues or unsold book clutter or warehousing storage fees.
  • We’ll manage your book’s logistics and track your sales reporting.

DIRECT-TO-READER

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

Ksh. 13,450/- Setup Fee
  • Your book will be available exclusively through PortableVoices Online BookStore.
  • Make 50% royalties on your retail price—up to 3X more than other self-publishing options.
  • Thanks to POD, your printed book is guaranteed to always be in stock.
  • Your book is up for sale quickly.

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.

GENRE FICTION

6``x9``, 200 pages, perfect bound, black text, 60lb natural

Retail Price Royalty $ Royalty %
Ksh. 1,000 Ksh. 890 11%
Ksh.1,200 Ksh. 1,008 16%
Ksh. 1,300 Ksh. 1,079 17%
Ksh. 1,400 Ksh. 1,246 19%
Ksh. 1,500 Ksh. 1,215 20%

CHILDREN'S BOOK

8.5``x8.5`` square, 28 pages, perfect bound, color, 60lb natural

Retail Price Royalty $ Royalty %
Ksh. 800 Ksh. 704 12%
Ksh. 900 Ksh. 738 18%
Ksh. 1,000 Ksh. 800 20%
Ksh. 1,200 Ksh. 876 23%
Ksh. 1,500 Ksh. 1,140 26%

Frequently Asked Questions

What does print on demand mean?

Gone are the days where 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. Print on demand is a revolutionary process where authors can conveniently and affordable 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 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and tons of other bookstores and catalogs worldwide. Plus, it’s a sustainable process that helps to reduce paper wastes and our impact on the environment.

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, we’ll print and ship to the distributers, then collect payments, and you get paid! The self-publishing process really can be that easy with print on demand.

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.

Still have questions?

Give us a call and let’s talk about it. (+254)706569493 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm EAT)