How to make available out of print books again

Many high demand books are sold out, and publishers not ready to reprint books. In such cases, the sold-out books can be published through print-on-demand services. There is no upfront cost in print-on-demand service. Authors and publishers can ensure continuous income from book publishing.

Some books are once popular among readers now no reprint available due to entire sold-out copies. Still out of print books have high demand. Following are the example of two books in Library and Information Science sold out, and yet, readers want to buy.

MCQ in Library and Information Science by A. Y. Asundi.
Library Automation: Design, Principles and Practice by L. J. Haravu.

Authors and publishers are not interested in print again the same books due to various reasons. High printing cost is the main reason. Often the authors have to pay the printing cost in advance. If the reprinted copies not sold out, end in a loss for the publishers.

Paperback copies of sold-out books can make available with the help of Print-on-demand service. Either authors and publisher need to take the initiative to make available the book again. Softcopy of the book can format with the help of a layout professional. Find a print-on-demand service in India (e.g. pothi.com, notionpress.com). Upload the manuscript and cover to the print-on-demand service website. Assign price, including printing cost per book, and royalty to the author. Print-on-demand service does not require any upfront cost from authors or publishers and no need to print the copies of books in advance. This method also can apply to publish new books.

Print-on-demand publishing uses printing technology to produce books one at a time. The books are printed when the orders come in. Therefore, if you have an order of 100 books, you can print 100 books. If a person who wants one copy of the book, they can print just one book. Print-on-demand publishing cut down publishing expense and eliminates the need for space to store unsold copies.

Request to scholarly journal publishers to follow standard citation styles

Indian scholarly journals do not follow standard citation styles. Journals in Library and Information Sciences also follow custom citation styles. Most of the journals ask the authors to follow their custom styles. Custom styles eat the time of authors while preparing references. Journal publishers should follow any standard styles for manuscripts. Social Science journals can follow standard styles like APA. Reference management software like Mendeley and Zotero support almost all standard citation styles. I request all journal publishers in LIS to follow standard citation styles and save the time of authors.