Why POD Model is superior to Offset printing runs

WhatPODOffset
Shipping
Costs
POD means books are shipped from factories in TN, PA, or UK to wholesaler direct. Offset books are shipped at least twice (printer to warehouse, warehouse to wholesaler) adding $0.50 to $2.00 per copy depending on order size
StoragePOD printed books arrive pristine to the consumer with no storage feesOffset books are stored on pallettes in warehouses and incur monthly storage and fulfillment costs raising the price $0.25 to $0.75 per book
DamagePOD printed books ship directly from the factories with no environmental or pest damage Offset books can suffer damage from water (flood, rain, humidity), fire, and pests for which they are not insured. Potential for complete loss of product.
Time-to-marketOnce files are 100% prepared, the first edition can be available in 7 business days from submission to printerWait 3-4 weeks for your order to be printed, boxed, and shipped.
Revisions2nd and 3rd printings can fix mistakes for little costPublisher must destroy remaining inventory to make way for revised printings. Unrecoverable loss
International
Markets
All titles available through simultaneous printing in UK and distributors in London, Paris, Sydney. Canada via IngramImpossible to sell overseas unless re-sold to another publisher .
WholesalersAutomatically entered into Ingram Book GroupDistribution requires approval process which takes 3-4 weeks, assuming they say yes.
Paperback and hardcoverCan sell both paperback and hardcover simultaneouslyHigher inventory and production costs mean you can't sell both at the same time efficiently
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