Originally Posted by fjtorres
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.
Once you're able to spend a few thousand dollars on a print run, you've moved out of the standard self-pub wheelhouse and are effectively running an independent publisher, and of course the books are indistinguishable from commercial publishers' output, they're the same thing.