In this section:
Yes you can.
Visit your book’s Production Page and scroll down to the Printings sections.
We introduced this section at the beginning of 2009 and it shows all the print runs we have organized for your book.
You can see:
The date that the print order was sent is not the same as the date that the text and cover files went to the printer.
Generally, we use SDR Printing to print our books.
Nowadays, there are three main methods of paperback printing:
We don’t usually use web offset, unless a title warrants runs of 1000+.
We do not use POD. The quality is not so good, the cost significantly higher, and it only works for high-priced academic titles or books that are going direct from printer to reader, rather than being sold through the trade.
So the vast majority of our titles are printed SDR. The benefits are:
Enjoy this article on offset litho vs digital printing.
The way that publishers print books is changing
Historically speaking, the size of the first print run has been a measure of the publishers’ confidence in the book. Your book launch was a big thing, and it was vital it went well, because your publisher will have printed a lot of books and needed to sell them – otherwise, they would lose a lot of money.
The ability to do small print runs has changed things. The big first print run and splashy launch is now only significant for a tiny number of already-bestselling authors.
Small, high quality print runs enable publishers to manage costs and print more if the demand increases. They reduce the pressure for a big launch and allow “slow burn” approaches to marketing.
If you forecast higher demand for your title e.g. for launches, PR programmes etc, please let us know on the Author Forum
It probably won’t be large. But if you anticipate high demand for your book on publication, for whatever reason, let us know on the Author Forum.
Remember, unless you’re announcing to the trade something like “$250,000 advance, 500,000 first printing and £500,000 marketing budget,” nobody in the bookselling industry is interested any more in whether you’re printing 10 or 100 or 1000 or 10,000.
Having an extra few thousand books in the warehouse doesn’t do anyone any good; most good-quality books in the USA/UK are printed in the hundreds rather than thousands. Most classic works over the last generation or more had still smaller first printings (the first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for instance was 500 copies, and that was way back in the previous millennium, through a major publishing house), and in a few years’ time, the vast majority of titles will be printed to fulfil orders rather than in hope of orders to come.
In the meantime, having small amounts of stock at the different points of the distribution chain is the norm rather than the exception; the important thing is that the channels are open, orders can be responded to, and it only takes days to shift stock from distributor to wholesaler to shop.
All printers sometimes produce faulty books. Nineteen times out of twenty it only affects a few copies; let us know as soon as you can if you come across one. After a month or two, it’s too late to seek remedy from the printer.