Printing cost per book from online vendors. I researched the costs for a 5.5” by 8.5” 280-page book. These prices DO NOT include shipping.
Keep in mind that with print-on-demand printing your buyer pays for a single copy. There aren’t any volume discounts unless you buy a bunch for your own use (and you will want to).
But the meaningful cost is per single copy.
- CreateSpace: $7.10
- Lulu.com: $6.70
- Lightning Source: $5.10
To be fair: Lulu and CreateSpace do not charge a set-up fee, and Lightning Source has a $75 set-up fee.
If you apply their set-up cost to the first 30 books(and you will need to buy copies for reviews, etc.), then you actually pay $7.60 per copy.
However, thereafter it’s just $5.10 while the other providers stay at the high single-copy price that individual POD buyers pay.