One at a time.
That sounds crazy, doesn't it! But it's true. As one book is ordered - say by someone on Amazon - the order is placed in seconds, it works out the nearest print operation, the book is printed and then shipped. It takes just a few seconds to print a paperback or hardback book. And your custmer receives their book in the post a couple of days later, just like any book.
This is called Print On Demand technology. And everyone's using it.
What are the advantages?
1. No stock - which is expensive and burdensome (see above)
2. 1 book ordered, 10 books ordered, 1000 books ordered - no problem - all printed and shipped
3. No upfront cost to you
4. Showing as stocked on Amazon, B&N, WHSmiths, Waterstones as normal
5. Never go out of stock
6. Incredible international distribution - you don't have to life a finger
Want to see the printing in action? Check out the video below.
How Many Copies Of The Book Are Printed?
You're at home having a cup of tea in Harrogate.
Alexa in Denver orders your book from Amazon; it is printed the same day and shipped domestically, arriving 48 hours later.
Geoff in Sydney buys your book on Booktopia. The paperback arrives a few days later.