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date: 15 August 2022

print-on-demand (POD) 

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

True print-on-demand is the ability to reprint single copies of a book to order, thus eliminating the need for publishers to hold stock of slow-selling titles. POD also allows the production of small reprints that were previously uneconomic. Publishers can gather orders over a period of time and then reprint the necessary quantity. This means that a title need never go out of print, since, as long as it is archived properly, it can be printed to order. The growth of POD was spurred by the development of digital printing and its use in book publishing from the late ... ...

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