Sunday, May 22, 2005

Print on Demand

Chaired the MPH Writer's Circle Meeting this time as Oon Yeoh couldn't make it. Topic de jour was print on demand and the main speaker was Gary Gan, a young entrepreneur who saw a great potential in bringing the technology to Malaysia. Zainora Asmawi, a publisher who uses POD to print academic textbooks, and author Ooi Poh Yew also contributed their experiences.

Print on demand is a very useful alternative for the self-published since it allows you to print exactly the quantity of books that you need when you need them.

Revisions to the book can be made quickly and easily - important if you are writing in a field where information changes quickly.

You can even chose where to print your copies - meaning that if you want to market books in New York, say, you can print your copies there so without incurring shipping costs. There are also no warehousing costs for unsold copies involved.

Fiction writers who have used print on demand technology successfully include Amy Fisher and Malaysian writer John Ling.

If you're interested in learning more about print on demand here's a website with some very useful information and links.

And locally, you can contact Gary for more information. His e-mail is and his phone number is +603 80754225.

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