The eBook distributor BookBaby announced yesterday that they’ve gone analog. In addition to distributing your eBook to iBooks, B&N, Amazon, and other eBookstores, BookBaby can also now provide short production runs for paper books.
The new service is intended to offer authors an option to print between 50 and 100 copies at a time. That’s not really enough to compete directly with POD, but it does give authors a chance to print a enough copies to have them on hand at conventions and book signings.
BookBaby set itself apart when it launched back in 2010. Rather than take a cut of your eBook sales, BookBaby distributes eBooks for an upfront change and a small annual fee. It was launched by the folks behind CDBaby, the CD production service.