Handbooks for teachers are just one of many types of books you can get made with Print on Demand. Print on Demand books can be paperback (perfect bound usually) or hardback. It can also include high res photographs and be a different shape to usual, for those architectural or website design portfolio books.
If you think what your students or your clients really want to know, there is a book format for it. And you don’t have to put it in a binder and muck about!
Handbooks that illustrate various techniques are tuition guides for a niche audience. While large publishers don’t want a bar of such a select group, as a master, trainer or coach, you can distribute and sell the handbooks through:
a) your students
b) your other suppliers, e.g. associations you belong to, clubs you teach at, even the place that sells you the coffee you use at work!
c) offering to teach one simple element at relevant networking events, and sell them there
Think creatively about distribution, because just relying on the mass book retailers is not going to reach your niche audience as effectively. Your handbook needs to appear where no other books are being sold. Look what it did for Rich Dad, Poor Dad, who started selling the books in petrol stations, of all places!
You can get full handbook publishing support from me, Jennifer Lancaster, a book publishing coach.