Can Everton Jones find out how his father stole Emperor Bokassa’s diamonds and, more importantly, where he hid them; before the world and his brother get there first?
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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

News on Print on Demand Quotes

The situation about print on demand is clarifying. Berforts just got back to me about repeat orders. They say they won’t be charging set-up on a repeat order, as I expected. But their quote was not itemised. They said the price would be the same less £15. I can’t believe set-up is charged at only £15. Lightning Source and Orbital Print came in around the £60 mark.

I must admit this is deeply disappointing. Recommending a printer to Paradise Press is a tricky job. There are two scenarios we will face, initial launch and re-order. The numbers vary quite significantly for each and both are important. I am working on an initial order of 100 books and then a re-order of 10 books as a likely model.

Running the numbers on the four businesses I’ve identified, this is what re-order comes in at:

Berforts: £9.20 each for 10 copies, £3.49 each for 100 copies and £3.15 each for 200 copies. Delivery included. (Based on the unit cost from my previous post and subtracting £15 set-up)

Orbital Print: £4.99 each for 10 copies, £4.86 each for 100 copies and £4.75 each for 200 copies. Delivery not included. (Based on the unit cost from my previous post and subtracting £58.08 set-up)

Print on Demand Worldwide: £5.69 each for 10 copies, £3.34 each for 100 copies and £3.12 each for 200 copies. Delivery free if ordered online. (I used their online quotation widget)

Lightning Source: £4.04 each for 10 copies, £3.45 each for 100 copies and £3.45 each for 200 copies. Delivery not included in the quote. (re-calculated using their original quote and subtracting £63 set-up)

Interestingly, Print on Demand Worldwide comes in cheapest for a re-order of 200 copies, but that’s not likely to happen. Lightning Source is cheapest for 10 copies and will, in fact, print a single copy, however as they print them off four up, this needs to be investigated. Print on Demand Worldwide and Berforts don’t offer enough of a reduction on re-order and Orbital Print have a unit cost which is just too high. Lightning Source are the clear winners, although delivery wasn’t included in the quote. They also have an annoying £1.25 order processing charge, which is not an insignificant consideration on very small orders.

That’s deeply annoying, because Lightning Source are by far the most annoying company to deal with. But it looks like we’re just going to have to grasp the nettle.

I’ll get back to Berforts to query the £15 set-up and ask for an itemised quote, but I’m not holding my breath.

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