Dragging binding to the top


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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 30, 2002 at 23:33:33:

I hate to drag the binding question up to the top here, but I
appreciated the feedback and want a chance to hear everyone.

After a year of sales, I'm certain that 95% of the people who buy the
books are henna artists who want a book they can use on their work
table. Glossy coffee table books may come with time, but not right
now, not for TapDancing Lizard.

Seems what I hear from artists is:
It MUST lay flat.
The patterns must be clear and easy to see.
If a page gets killed, people would like a way to replace it.
If a pattern page is complicated or has boobies on it ... the artist
needs to be able to remove it from the pile.
They want the best value for money possible.

From the authors:
It has to look GOOD. (it has to be a product they feel proud to have
their name on) (IE ...it can't be a cheap-looking pile of loose paper)
It has to have some artistic integrity that feels right to them (this
will go in their resume's portfolios, and that)
Whatever format it's in has to have a built-in protection of their
copyright. (IE ...it can't be an EZ-ripoff pile of loose paper)
They need to make money, so I can't cut the price back too much.

Unfortunately, these two sets of needs have areas of conflict. That's
MY difficulty to sort out, and if I hear from people, that will help
me make the best decisions that serve the most people.

Loose sheets may be ideal for artists. They can keep one set as a
master, and then reprint what then need with something gets sloshed.
Loose sheets are not ideal for authors as they lose control of the
product's integrity, and unless there's a copyright on each page, they
may lose control of images. To me, that's a very serious concern, and
that's why so far I've only been willing to do it with my own work and
nobody elses. I'm willing to let go of the control, but I can't ask
another person to relinquish control like that.

Comb bound will both lay flat and is acceptable to bookstores. That's
a decent option, and if I get a flush of money I could purchase the
machine to do that myself, rather than paying to have it done. The
downside of comb bound is that it only suits one size.

E-books are great for some people, but eat up ink cartridges. E-books
(or CD rom) is the only way I can do color.

Tape bound will suit other sizes, suits Barnes and Noble, but doesn't
quite lay flat, and will break up over time.

Some very delicate line work won't survive scan, reduce, upload,
download necessary for e-books, or at least it's not surviving my
software.

I doubt if I can please everyone ... but I'll try to meet needs the
best I can.

 


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