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Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: chopper
Date: April 18, 2018 06:52PM
Hardcover, perfect bound ... maybe some photos. 300 copies. Do they still do/require pre-press for this stuff or can you just stick .25 in a machine somewhere and it all happens by "AI"?
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 18, 2018 07:21PM
50 some odd years ago I was in the printing biz, and we did that stuff by hand, the old fashioned way. Nowadays, it's just send the computer file off to somewhere and they come back all done.
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 18, 2018 07:33PM
Outfits like Lulu.com can take your pdf, and print and bind it in a number of sizes and styles... they can also put them in Amazons and other booksellers supply chains.

I sell 4-10 copies a month, and get the “royalties” from the sales (you define your “cut”, Lulu takes their cut, and the printing costs are fixed).

You can also buy one or a thousand (or any number in between) copies for yourself.
It took a couple months for my titles to actually GET listed on Amazon, but once there, I do nothing, and copies sell...

Generally, I’m pleased with the arrangement.



Paul F.
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: clay
Date: April 18, 2018 07:56PM
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Paul F.
Outfits like Lulu.com can take your pdf, and print and bind it in a number of sizes and styles... they can also put them in Amazons and other booksellers supply chains.

I sell 4-10 copies a month, and get the “royalties” from the sales (you define your “cut”, Lulu takes their cut, and the printing costs are fixed).

You can also buy one or a thousand (or any number in between) copies for yourself.
It took a couple months for my titles to actually GET listed on Amazon, but once there, I do nothing, and copies sell...

Generally, I’m pleased with the arrangement.

Care to share what your book is? I'm curious (PM me if you'd rather not post publicly).
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Michael
Date: April 18, 2018 08:19PM
Check CreateSpace on Amazon. It's easy-peasy. Books can be ordered on CreateSpace or Amazon. They print them when they are ordered.
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: April 18, 2018 09:42PM
Not sure if tuqqer still posts here, but I'm pretty sure he has experience with this.



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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: chopper
Date: April 18, 2018 10:16PM
I am thinking a much nicer book than what Amazon pumps out. Part art photo book, part story, part doodles.
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 18, 2018 10:43PM
How much do you front lulu.com?

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Paul F.
Outfits like Lulu.com can take your pdf, and print and bind it in a number of sizes and styles... they can also put them in Amazons and other booksellers supply chains.

I sell 4-10 copies a month, and get the “royalties” from the sales (you define your “cut”, Lulu takes their cut, and the printing costs are fixed).

You can also buy one or a thousand (or any number in between) copies for yourself.
It took a couple months for my titles to actually GET listed on Amazon, but once there, I do nothing, and copies sell...

Generally, I’m pleased with the arrangement.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 18, 2018 11:52PM
Zero... well, the getting of the ISBN and getting it into purchasing channels costs (I forget how much, but it was under $100 ). But printing copies for yourself was zero up front, just printing and shipping costs. Plus, others can buy through Lulu.com direct if you make your project available.

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Speedy
How much do you front lulu.com?

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Paul F.
Outfits like Lulu.com can take your pdf, and print and bind it in a number of sizes and styles... they can also put them in Amazons and other booksellers supply chains.

I sell 4-10 copies a month, and get the “royalties” from the sales (you define your “cut”, Lulu takes their cut, and the printing costs are fixed).

You can also buy one or a thousand (or any number in between) copies for yourself.
It took a couple months for my titles to actually GET listed on Amazon, but once there, I do nothing, and copies sell...

Generally, I’m pleased with the arrangement.



Paul F.
-----
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
----
Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

--

--

--
Eureka, CA
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 18, 2018 11:53PM
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chopper
I am thinking a much nicer book than what Amazon pumps out. Part art photo book, part story, part doodles.

Lulu.com does photobooks, but I haven’t seen one, so I can’t say if they’re any good.



Paul F.
-----
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
----
Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

--

--

--
Eureka, CA
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 19, 2018 02:08PM
Thanks! My wife is completing a book and was just going to go a PDF only route (selfpublishing). But this seems much better for going hard-copy.

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Paul F.
Zero... well, the getting of the ISBN and getting it into purchasing channels costs (I forget how much, but it was under $100 ). But printing copies for yourself was zero up front, just printing and shipping costs. Plus, others can buy through Lulu.com direct if you make your project available.

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Speedy
How much do you front lulu.com?

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Paul F.
Outfits like Lulu.com can take your pdf, and print and bind it in a number of sizes and styles... they can also put them in Amazons and other booksellers supply chains.

I sell 4-10 copies a month, and get the “royalties” from the sales (you define your “cut”, Lulu takes their cut, and the printing costs are fixed).

You can also buy one or a thousand (or any number in between) copies for yourself.
It took a couple months for my titles to actually GET listed on Amazon, but once there, I do nothing, and copies sell...

Generally, I’m pleased with the arrangement.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Anyone ever made their own short-run books?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 19, 2018 03:03PM
I’m sure there are lots of other choices in the market, but I have been happy with them.
Just make sure you lay the book out for one of the sizes they will put an ISBN on - it’s annoying to have to do it over!



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
----
Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

--

--

--
Eureka, CA
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