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Do traditional publishers always use offset printing for the books they publish, or do they sometimes use POD to make books available? If they do use POD, is it primarily for older titles?

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In the tech book world, I know O'Reilly is moving towards a POD model for many of their books, including a new series that is completely POD.

Has to do with the anticipated number of sales, I imagine.

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They certainly don't do it traditionally, but Random House recently got some press for launching a POD service, so maybe it's on the way. They do say that it's more of a service for consumers than an expected money-maker.

Publishers may also use POD for production purposes (ARCs, etc.) - I'm not sure about this.

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