Latest Review

Seven Life Lessons of Chaos

The Impulse Factor
Nick Tasler

Other Book Reviews

The End of Certainty
Moonwalking with Einstein
Sync
Wind, Sand and Stars
At Home in the Universe
What's Mine is Yours
Organize with Chaos
We Are What We Think
The Impulse Factor
The Perfect Swarm
A Guide for the Perplexed
Understanding Comics
Dead Poets Society
Bad Science
Motionless Journey
The Five Day Course in Thinking
Small is Beutiful
The Quantum and the Lotus
Into the Wild
Man on Wire
Never Have a Bad Day Ever Again
Turning to One Another
Multiplicity
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
The Little Prince
Bradbury Stories
For One More Day
Finding Our Way
Leadership and the New Science
Secrets of the People Whisperer
Mind Set
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Boost Your Creative Intelligence
A Simpler Way
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Run Lola Run
Snow Cake
Design and Layout
Creativity Today
Graphic Design School
The Explorer's Eye
The Pig that Wants to be Eaten
Ideas
The Empty Raincoat
Business the Richard Branson Way
Re-imagine
Exercises in Style
A Short History of Nearly Everything
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
Oulipo Compendium
POD People
Flash Fiction
Review of How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Screw it, Let's do it
Freakonomics
Blink
How to Get Ideas
The Art of Travel
Introducing Chaos
Deep Simplicity
Introducing Quantum Theory
Introducing Fractal Geometry
Review of Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
Nature's Chaos
Zen in the Art of Writing
The Art of Possibility
Experimental Tarvel
The Art of Looking Sideways
The Power of Now
The Alchemist
The monk who sold his Ferrari
Review of Man's Search for Meaning
Review of Einstein's Dreams
Review of The Ultimate Book of Business Thinking
Review of What Do You Care What Other People Think?
Review of The Tipping Point
Review of Who Moved My Cheese?
Review of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Review of Zeno and the Tortoise
Review of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Review of Emergence
Review of Pooh and the Philosophers
Review of Business The Ultimate Resource
Review of Shackleton's Way
Review of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work
Review of Reckoning with Risk
Review of Field of Dreams
Review of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Review of 101 Philosophy Problems
Review of The Spirited Business
Review of Genius
Books available in association with Amazon.co.uk
POD People

POD People
Jeremy Robinson

View POD People on AmazonThe POD in the title is an abbreviation of ‘Print On Demand’, a technology that is revolutionising the book printing industry around the world.

The availability in recent years of high quality desktop publishing software, linked to the development of the internet has provided the means to generate good quality ‘print ready’ material which can be transferred anywhere in the world.

The problem for many would-be publishers and authors has been the printing and distribution process. The internet has to a large degree addressed the later, and the emergence of online book retailers such as Amazon has made the widespread accessibility of books possible without recourse to stocking in physical book stores.

Until recently however the physical process of getting books into print has continued to provide an obstacle. Traditional publishers, driven by economic constraints and the need for guaranteed volume sales have increasingly concentrated on books of proven formula, hence the plethora of cookbooks and celebrity memoirs, in the UK.

So called Vanity publishers have always provided the means for short production runs, but at considerable expense to the author.

All this has changed with the advent of print-on-demand  technology which allows for the economic production of very small print runs, or even the production of single copies to order.

In a sense this is nothing new. Motor manufacturers for example have produced cars to order for some years, but the impact on publishing is potentially dramatic.

There are benefits for traditional publishers who adopt the technology. For example their back catalogue of slow moving books can be kept in print long after it would otherwise have ceased to be viable. But just as technology has transformed other traditional areas such as banking, the POD process is set to transform publishing allowing much easier access for new would-be authors and publishers.

This book, written by a POD author, does not focus on the technology, but shares the experience of using the process from an authors perspective, describing the lessons learned. Jeremy Robinson uses his experience in publishing his previous book as an example, and unashamedly promotes that book at every opportunity.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in print, then this book might convince you that it’s more achievable then you thought possible, and provide a good start point from which to begin.

Steve Unwin

February 2007

View or buy from View Pod People on Amazon