Offset Printing vs Print-On-Demand: Which Is Better?

Printing has drastically changed over the years. It has been through technological advancements just like everything else in the world. From the traditional offset printing down to digital, it can’t be denied that printing is one of the most changed industries. The advent of digital machines has brought printing into a whole new level given the fact that printing is one of the most in-demand businesses today.

Is print on demand still the king or has offset stolen the crown already? Before we give the verdict, let us first take a look at some important points of both concepts.


Offset Printing. Offset in a printing system or technology is for a larger number of published materials such as books, business cards, magazines, and posters among others. It requires a minimum of 500 units in order for the process to proceed. The initial cost is more expensive but in the long run, it can help lessen the expenses since the price that you are paying is based on the number of copies that you will order.

Print-On-Demand. As the term implies, Print-On-Demand or POD is a digital printing system or technology wherein different publications are printed according to the needs or demands. This means that the number of copies that will be printed depends on how many copies are needed.


Offset Printing. When it comes to Offset, the printing company requires a setup fee in order to accept the project. This is very ideal for print marketing materials for businesses or established authors since it is very cost-effective in the long run. The cost of offset printing depends on the number of copies ordered. This means that the more copies you order, the lesser the price.

Print-On-Demand. The cost of POD printing is based on a per-cover charge in addition to a per-page charge. There is no or minimal setup fee needed, what you are going to pay is based on the number of pages and the number of books that you will print. This gives authors the opportunity to have the number of copies based on the budget that they have.