Mr He wrote:My comment was a direct comment to Camphor Press. If they use print on demand, I am happy to pay for the books enough to make it worth their while to supply at least me.
If I were them, I would get a handful of each, who knows?
Ok let's look at Cafe Press.
It will cost you around $13 to print one 200 page book with a proper binding.
You need to pay author royalties and also make some profit so you are going to have to charge $16-18. That's a lot. And your customer still 5has to pay for shipping.
Now to pay for a proper cover image by soneone in the Philippines, book formatting, and all the back and forth which includes checking samples you will spend at least another $1000 and that's assuming you work almost for nothing.
So you will need to sell at least 1000 books just to pay for the cost of offering print books. However these books will not be available in book stores. Your customers will only know about them through your website where they will see the print book is 2x the ebook price.
If you use Amazon Create Space the print and ebook will be offered on the same page (sometimes) but the quality is not good and again the price will be double.
Lulu costs aroubd $10-11 per book so you could "reasonably" price your title at $14-15. Hmmm.
Don't forget too that you make half or a third the profit on print books so you actually don't want to sell that many.
Let's say Camphor can sell 10,000 copies of You...China. They would need to estimate that they could generate at least another 20-30% in sales for it to be worthwhile. And even then it would amount to less than an 5% extra profit. Better to spend your time pushing for extrs ebook sales.
The benefit of trad print is that you are highly visible in a bookstore. With POD that is not the case. You are highly visible online beside the same product for half the price.