According to Wikipedia, all sets produced by production equipment’s single setup, are referred to as print runs. They usually consist of a batch of printed copies. It is important to note that the standards needed for print runs vary, for example, those that involve photography and art are higher than those which need print alone. If they do not meet the standard, they are usually destroyed by simply being pulped.
In essence, a print run is the first step that a publisher goes through to ensure that others access their work. With this in mind, a publisher always looks forward to regain initial expenses incurred, through the sale of the book’s first print run.
These sales vary from one publisher to the next. Well laid marketing platforms should be properly looked into by the publisher, if they are to regain initial costs. Any publisher who has been in the industry for a while, knows that an edition of their book can have any number of print runs, however, what determines the reasonable sales and massive success, is having well over 50 print runs.
On the other hand, the upcoming and struggling publisher may initially have one print run which translates to poor sales. This is not to say that newbie’s are the only ones who fall victim to poor sales. Other factors can cause print runs to be unsatisfactory this is particularly so if the print runs involve photography or art. According to Wiki sites, when sales of the book falls short of expectation, the stock of print that remains will be remaindered.
Ever wonder what happens when you are informed that a book is out of print, or for some reason, has been reprinted? Well this simply means that the print run is sold out and if there is substantial demand then the book is reprinted.
What’s more, reprints include updated versions of the book with corrections done effectively. In most cases, the publisher gets feedback from the readers and incorporates them in a new edition of the print run.