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"But I don't like to read books on computers.  I like real books!"

That is the comment we hear more often than any other at Third Millennium Publishing.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we have developed two standard responses:

  • Whether you like electronic books or not, they are in your future and may well become the dominant form of publishing within the next decade or two.  As a professional writer, you owe it to yourself to be aware of this coming earthquake in publishing.  Check out our Articles on Writing Section.

  •  It's not a problem if you prefer paperback books to e-books because we produce both.

The following section discusses our Trade Paperback publishing capability.


Our business at Third Millennium Publishing is selling both electronic and trade paperback copies of books.   To support the latter capability, we have developed our own publishing capability to produce Trade Paperbacks as we need them.  The photograph to the left shows just a portion of the books we are printing.  "Trade Paperbacks" are typically the bigger, glossier paperback books you find in traditional bookstores.  Like the rest of the infrastructure at Third Millennium Publishing, we are pleased to offer this capability to our author/publishers.

This production capability is designed for short print runs and while the cost per book is higher than what you can get from a standard subscription press, you donít need to pay for a thousand books in advance before we will crank up the presses.  Authors typically order anywhere between 10 and 100 books at a time, and our minimum order is only one book!  That way, you keep your investment low while testing the commercial appeal of your masterpiece.  If your book becomes a runaway best seller, then it is time to talk to traditional subscription publishing houses about running off larger batches (and paying the $5,000-$10,000 up-front cost associated with traditional publishing).  If your sales exceed our capacity (which is growing all of the time), we will be pleased to assist you in obtaining the services of a higher volume printing house.  Remember, we are making money off your sales, too.

  • FAQ#2:  Speaking of money, does the $1.00 per book fee apply to Trade Paperback book sales as well as electronic book sales?

If we print Trade Paperback books for you, then there is no fee for their sale.  Actually, there is a fee, but it is already included in the wholesale price of the book.  If you already have a supply of books to sell or obtain them from some other source, then the $1.00 fee per book sold applies.  There is no requirement for you to use our publishing capability, but we would like to get paid for any services we provide to you.

  • FAQ#3:  Is the quality of Third Millennium Publishing's Trade Paperback books as good as what I can buy in a bookstore?

No.  Our quality is better.  Our books are printed with dark black letters (600 DPI or 1200 DPI resolution) on bright-white (96-bright), 20-lb multipurpose copy paper.  Our covers are printed in full color on bright white stock and then laminated with a thick plastic film to make them both durable and beautiful.  Following printing and lamination, we perfect bind them using hot glue applied by a commercial bookbinding machine (see the photo below) that insures strong bonds and square spines.  After binding, the books are trimmed on three sides to produce perfect edges.

To see closeup views of the books construction, click on the link and go to the Paperback Book Construction Page.                                           

  • So How Much Do Trade Paperbacks Cost?

Regular size books (more than 125 pages) cost $11.00 in quantities of 1-9, $8.00 for quantities of 60-99, with a sliding scale for other quantities.  Small books (75 pages or less) and medium books (76-125 pages) cost less than regular books, and books with interior color illustrations cost more.  Because the largest expense in manufacturing our books is the labor involved, we are not very sensitive to page count when it comes to the wholesale price of books.  If you are interested, please send an email to and we will be pleased to provide you with the full price list.


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Contact:    Michael McCollum, CEO
Address:  PO Box 14026
                   Tempe, AZ 85284-0068
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