I found an interesting story in the New York Times today about the ever-evolving nature of print on demand books. The quality of these self-publishing has drastically increased as technology has improved. “As the technology becomes simpler, the market is expanding beyond the earliest adopters, the aspiring authors. The first companies like AuthorHouse, Xlibris, iUniverse and others pushed themselves as new models of publishing, with an eye on shaking up the dusty book business. They aimed at authors looking for someone to edit a manuscript, lay out the book and bring it to market,” writes Petere Wayner in the Times.
“The newer ventures also produce bound books, but they do not offer the same hand-holding or the same drive for the best-seller list. Blurbâ€™s product will appeal to people searching for a publisher, but its business is aimed at anyone who needs a professional-looking book, from architects with plans to present to clients, to travelers looking to immortalize a trip.”