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Print on demand (POD)

Digital printing system enabling the economical production of very small print quantities (as low as single-copy printing). As copies tend to be printed to meet actual orders rather than printed in large quantities for stock, inventory costs are much lower and the technology means that a (digitized) book need never go out of print, thus allowing for long tail sales. However, POD unit printing costs are significantly higher than for conventional (high-volume) lithographic printing.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on self-publishing options.

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