Print-on-demand (PoD) is an on-demand service that, like Book-on-demand
(BoD) or Publishing-on-demand (PoD), refers to the printing of individual books or very small editions of up to around 100 copies. With print-on-demand, books are printed on demand or as needed. The author assumes the role of publisher on his own responsibility. He or she creates the text files, typeset the book pages in selected typography
, designs the book cover and determines the printing parameters. A print-on-demand print shop acts as service provider, printing the book and processing it. The production takes place in a few working days. The work can have high-resolution color photos and be equipped with hardcover or other covers. The price for print-on-demand books depends on the print run, the number of pages and page format, the paper, the cover and the processing, i.e. the binding.