POD - Print On Demand - is an innovative and revolutionary service offered by Lampi di stampa and Messaggerie Libri (MeLi), in collaboration with Rotomail Italia and dedicated to all the publishers distributed.
POD allows to print books –even in just one copy- only when triggered by an actual sale or when requested by the market.
Books managed this way are always in-print and available for sale, even if they are not physically in bookstores or warehouses.
The printing process will only be activated after receiving a request for the book (even just one copy) from a customer.
This way, the publisher will no longer have to manage a physical warehouse of copies of a title, only a “virtual” warehouse.
Thanks to this website, Lampi di stampa makes an on-line archive available, where the publisher can add and manage the titles it decides to catalogue for POD.
The activation of the service is free. All you have to do is sign up for the website, accept the contract on-line, sign it and return it. Once active, you can add the titles to the on-line archive.
Using its Personal Area, the publisher can:
The publisher decides to catalogue some of titles as POD.
They sign up on the website, enter into the POD contract with Lampi di stampa and the distributor, and upload titles to the archive (technical specifications and PDF files).
A Customer orders a book catalogued as POD in one of the book shops (traditional or online) managed by the distributor.
The distributor collects orders from all the book shops and sends an order file to Lampi di stampa every day.
Lampi di stampa/Rotomail Italia prints the books and delivers them to the distributor warehouse.
The distributor handles the distribution, delivering oto the book shop or to the final Customer, based on the initial order type.