[Scribus] Manual - revision

John Culleton john
Wed Oct 31 23:02:29 CET 2007

On Wednesday 31 October 2007 02:49:17 pm John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 09:15:26 +0100
> Petr Vanek <petr at scribus.info> dijo:
> > here is a draft how I'd like to see the result form. It is not prefect
> > (it was created when I had breakfast;)) of course but take it as just an
> > opinion.
> In case anyone is interested in making available a manual in real book
> form, I happen to own a publishing company. I specialize in short runs.
> I print everything on laser, and bind and trim myself. I use Laserjet
> 8000 printers for the guts (black and white, Postscript), and I have a
> Xerox Phaser 7400 that I use for printing covers. I usually print
> textbooks and the format is US letter, but I also commonly print books
> in half-letter format. I have three book binding machines (paperback),
> a professional guillotine for trimming, and a professional laminating
> machine for the covers. My product looks as professional as anything
> you see in a bookstore.
> The advantage of my setup is that by printing on laser and doing it all
> myself I can print in short runs almost as economically as large
> publishing companies do with very long runs on a press. Thus, I can
> print only a few hundred copies of a book at a time at affordable
> prices. If changes are required I can make the changes to the next run,
> so the books will always be the latest thing. I could produce a
> 500-page letter size manual for $15-$20 or so. We could also sell to
> bookstores (Amazon, Powell's, Barnes and Noble, etc.). Bookstores want
> a 40% discount, so we could establish a retail price of $25-$30. We
> could sell on a website for the same price, with the difference being
> donated to Scribus development.
> I am in the US, and I can ship anywhere. However, if we want
> translations the number of copies might be a problem. We'd need to sell
> 25 copies a month or so to make it worthwhile. I could see that for the
> English version, but some languages do not have enough speakers.
> There are other book publishing options - Lulu, for example. And if the
> volume turns out to be more than I can comfortably handle, perhaps
> other publishers might be a better idea. I don't want to become a big
> business. I just decided I should toss this out to the list for
> everyone's consideration and discussion.
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I also am a publisher and I find LSI to be more trouble but about half the 
cost of Lulu.

John Culleton

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