...some quite effectively and legitimately; while some others, not so much
(PRWEB) May 28, 2008
A newly released book/ebook offers an alternative approach to book publishing for authors and/or self-publishers who are confused about the entire 'POD Publishing' issue. Shaun Fawcett's recently released Revised Edition of Instant Book Writing Kit - How To Write, Publish and Market Your Own Money-Making Book (or eBook) Online details how authors and/or self-publishers can take control of their own publishing destiny and use proven online channels to print, publish, market and distribute their books and/or ebooks while bypassing the dysfunctional traditional publishing model. Fawcett has dubbed his unique approach, the Online Publishing Model.
"Since I published the original version of Instant Book Writing Kit back in 2004 I have become increasingly angry and frustrated watching certain sectors of the traditional publishing industry continue to baffle and mislead aspiring authors and self-publishers." stated Fawcett recently. "Even many of the so-called and/or self-appointed experts who make online posts about this subject on the various publishing forums are either confused themselves or are deliberately misleading people."
Fawcett says that most of the confusion is centered on the widely misused, often confused, and frequently misunderstood terms, 'POD publishing' and 'POD printing'; around which he says there continues to be significant misinformation.
He points out that print-on-demand (POD) is simply a 'printing technology'; a relatively new one that allows anyone who uses it to print books in small quantities (even one copy at a time) at very reasonable per-unit costs. This degree of cost-efficiency was impossible before POD printing technology became widely available a few years ago. Since then, many different types of printers and publishers have implemented POD printing technology; "...some quite effectively and legitimately; while some others, not so much," Fawcett states.
"Unfortunately, what has happened in recent years as POD printing has become more accessible and widespread, is that the dreaded 'vanity publishers' have quickly adopted the technology and have now in effect co-opted the term POD and started referring to themselves as 'POD publishers'," he says. "This has caused massive confusion, since every company that uses POD printing technology to do low-volume book printing is now being grouped with vanity publishers as 'POD publishers'. This makes it very difficult to tell the difference between the traditional vanity publishers and legitimate POD printers.
Fawcett claims that what people are really in need of is a true 'POD printer' with its own fulfillment service and an extensive distribution network. He says that in reality, there are only a few genuine 'POD printers' with full distribution capabilities, while many of the 'vanity publishers' just pretend to possess these. He says that his Online Publishing Model recommends only the use of legitimate POD printing and distributing operators and steers clear of the vanity publishing industry.
The Revised Edition of Instant Book Writing Kit can be viewed at: http://www.InstantBookWritingKit.com.
Shaun Fawcett, M.B.A. is a Canadian-based writer, business consultant, journalist and publisher. He is webmaster of numerous writing-related websites which collectively handle more than five million visitors per year. He is also the author of more than a dozen successful 'how-to' books and ebooks that are designed to simplify day-to-day writing tasks for business, home and educational writing.
For more information, visit http://www.WritingHelpTools.com.