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I am looking to sell copies of a few of the wall maps I have designed for fun over the years. No huge volumes, but if the files are sitting around, and somebody might want one, what the heck?

 

So does anyone know of a print-on-demand, self publishing service for large format materials? Just like lulu.com: they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and give me a cut. I've looked at lulu and lightning source, but they appear to only do books. I would expect something like this to exist for the fine art and photography markets, but I haven't found anything. I've seen some possibilities in the custom kitsch world (e.g. CafePress), but I would suspect that the quality is not there.

 

Thanks for any ideas,

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You can try

 

http://www.fineartamerica.com


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Brandon,

 

You might give the Avenza PDF Map app & store a look. It's not for printed maps, but maps on smart phones and tablets. If the maps are geo referenced you can load them to the vendor store (free) for app users to buy and download.  This actually works quite well with maps originally designed for print. I have a few maps on there, they don't fly off "shelf" per se, and s a map author you only make about 1/3 of the retail cost, but you have no investment to make in a stick of printed maps that may never sell.

 

What I do for maps that may also make good print maps is upload them as "posters" to a Zazzle account and include a link and information for the prints on my marketing site for each map.

 

You don't need to make a website for your maps but it helps. See my Oregon Lighthouses example below:

 

http://www.mapbliss....gonLighthouses/


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www.mapbliss.com

 


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I've looked at Cafepress, found their website to be rather confusing, but apart from that they seem ok. I've also put some of my designs on there, haven't promoted them or made a sale so far though,


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Hi Brandon,

 

Google a company called MapSherpa. They do a map on-demand service. I remember seeing a presentation on it at an IMIA conference.

 

Might not be exactly what you are after but worth looking in to.

 

Chris.



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I've been fairly satisfied with making poster prints on Zazzle. They handle everything and send me occasional checks based on my earnings. I've ordered a couple to check the quality and it's pretty good for the price. One downside to Zazzle is the sales. You may set a certain price for your print, but then they'll announce, "Father's Day Sale! 20% off all posters" and lower your price temporarily without your consent.



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Thanks for the tip. I tried them out, and they look like a good site with fair prices, except that they have a 25Mb image limit, which won't work for all but the simplest maps at wall sizes.

 

I'll look into mapsherpa and zazzle. Thanks!






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