Originally Posted by pdurrant
Ah, yes. You're probably looking for someone who does very short runs economically (100+) rather than single-copy PoD.
Who do you use in the US?
You have to upload the text and covers to their specs. Anyone who has experience in supplying a printer with a print ready PDF can do it. The first proof book is the same price as the 'per each' book when ordering hundreds. ie. no upload fees, no yearly ISBN fee. 192 pages with halftones, colour cover, gloss cello = $3.10 delivered for about $8.00 total. Approved, yes, hit the shopping cart for as many as you want for the same price. Shipping isn't their forte though. But they say they're working on using customer's carriers instead of their's.
Originally Posted by Nancy Fulda
So am I understanding correctly that you have a US-based POD company that you're happy with, and you're looking for an equally good company based in Australia in order to capitalize on lower shipping costs? - - - - >SNIP<- - - -
Not really. The shipping costs haven't been forefront because we have distributors. There's really only one shipping cost. From printer to distributor. The same books over here costs $100 for the proof and $10.00 ea for the same quantities. That's just crazy so we'll continue to offset print backlists as long as there is a demand but our real focus on backlists now is to transfer the demand to eBooks.
The rights to foreign language books are sold and they do all the translations, printing and so-on. From what I'm told, the author doesn't see much return from them. Though I think the Spanish one's bring in a bit. The Chinese have just asked for copies to translate.
Does anyone out there have experience with selling rights to the Chinese? That's one hell of a market and it's not transparent. We have to just trust them to tell us how many books they sell.