Michael E. Marotta submitted these thoughts on one-off publishing - printing a single book at a time, on demand.
On the Coin Talk message board, poster "sonlarson" announced the publication of his own sylloge World Silver Coins (see http://www.cointalk.com/t65563/). He wrote:
"I downloaded the software from Blurb.com. The software has several templates for the photo and for the text. You can use their templates or you can create you own. I used a combination. It looks simple, but is a lot of trial and error to make it look the way you want it. I had to retake the photos and resize to fit the pages twice. I also had to try a few different fonts and type size to fit the pages."
I asked specifically about the binding, whether the book was perfect bound from sewn signatures, for instance. He replied: "The completed book is just like you would buy at a book store." About editing your own work, he wrote: "I found about 15 grammar errors, which spellcheck did not catch." The finished product of 40 pages cost about $40.
Ahead of sonlarsen's responses, Coin Talk poster "krispy" also recommended Blurb.com and added: "Also, if anyone uses sites like Flickr for sharing photos, you can do similar things with QOOP and MOO.
Meanwhile, another aspect of one-off publishing made the news. From Wired Epicenter of September 17, 2009, comes news that
"Google Book Search, in partnership with On Demand Books, is letting readers turn those digital copies back into paper copies, individually printed by bookstores around the world.
"Or at least by those booksellers that have ordered its $100,000 Espresso Book Machine, which cranks out a 300 page gray-scale book with a color cover in about 4 minutes, at a cost to the bookstore of about $3 for materials. The machine prints the pages, binds them together perfectly, and then cuts the book to size and then dumps a book out, literally hot off the press, with a satisfying clunk. (The company says a machine can print about 60,000 books a year.)
"That means you can stop into the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, and for less than $10, custom-order your own copy of Dame Curtsey's Book of Candy Making, the third edition of which was published in 1920 and which can only be found online for $47.00 used."
To read the complete article, see:
Google Lets You Custom-Print Millions of Public Domain Books
Anne Bentley gave us a heads' up about the Espresso Book Machine about this time last year (September 21, 2008). One of the first was installed at the University of Michigan. Has anyone seen one of these in their local bookstore yet?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE: AN ATM FOR BOOKS
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