Originally Posted by Lemurion
The problem with self-published print books is that the economics just don't work the same way as for ebooks.
POD is expensive, and the same book that runs $3-5 in ebook format comes out around $15+ in print. That's moving from coffee to lunch prices, so people take fewer chances.
And the list price needs a fairly large discount baked-in to get into the B&M channels. A TP book that would deliver a $2 profit at $12 might need to be priced at $15-17 to be picked up by bookstores.
Now, however, the more successful indie publishers don't have to limit themselves to POD. Nowadays it is possible to order up small print runs of books from chinese print operations at sub-POD prices and get books indistinguishable from tradpub hardcovers. Works for the folks who have been around and won.t sweat a few thousand dollars' investment.