Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RPGNow To Offer POD?

As reported by Stargazer's World, RPGNow/DriveThruRPG will soon begin offering Print-On-Demand services as a complement to their current pdf sales.

If Michael's example in his article stands up, it sounds like shipping might be reasonable. If that's the case, the make-or-break for me will be a) customer service, an area that's been hit-and-miss for their biggest rival in this field (lulu.com), and b) print quality.

I really think those items, along with effective shipping, are going to drive how successful this is. Otherwise, I think we'll see a definite boon to small-press publishers, many of who will be able to push their print products a bit more easily from the largest RPG pdf store out there. It's a pain to take a pdf to places like Kinko's or Staples, where often they will refuse to print a book for some fear of copyright violation or somesuch. Lulu.com allows you to upload files for printing, but as alluded to before, it's hit and miss as far as what you get with them. We'll see how this works out.

5 comments:

Jason said...

Been waiting for this to go into effect for quite some time. The folks at OBS have been trying to get it going forever, it seems. If they finally have, good on them!

Dan of Earth said...

In terms of print quality it will be the same as Lulu, same printers.

Arevashti said...
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Doug Wall said...

Different printer, I'm sure. Lulu prints my book fine, but I've gotten two unsatisfactory proofs from OBS. I'm looking into the issue, as this is too good an opportunity to pass up.

Brett said...

OBS uses Lightning Source. Their quality is questionable. I tried them years ago, but had to get my money back on the setup/proof of a title, because the solid blacks were washed out and the book was cut crazy crooked. I did try a sample book from OBS when they first started testing - it didn't look bad, but too much trouble to set up.