my .02$ and needs

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Posted by Willowhawk on October 30, 2002 at 23:45:28:

In reply to: Dragging binding to the top posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 30, 2002 at 23:33:33:

Well, since my printer is now R.I.P. I definately would benefit from
loose copies to purchase.
Even with the e-books, what I have always done is to print up a copy
then go photocopy the pages, put them in sheet protectors and put it
all in a 3 ring notebook. This way I have the 'masters' in a large
envelope in case something happens to the notebook.

: 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
: 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 can't be a cheap-looking pile of loose
: It has to have some artistic integrity that feels right to them
: 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 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.
: 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,
: may lose control of images. To me, that's a very serious concern,
: that's why so far I've only been willing to do it with my own work
: 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.
: 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-
: (or CD rom) is the only way I can do color.
: Tape bound will suit other sizes, suits Barnes and Noble, but
: 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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