[FM Discuss] publisher workflow ideas
adam at flossmanuals.net
Tue May 5 15:04:40 PDT 2009
unfortunately Lightening Source do not allow the edition to be updated
under the same ISBN. I talked to the source people at TOC and it seems
this kinds is a show stopper for us
On Tue, 2009-05-05 at 16:24 -0500, Anne Gentle wrote:
> Hi all -
> I've been picking the brain of Richard Hamilton who has started-up a
> publishing house called XML Press (he's publishing my book,
> Conversation and Community this summer, yeah!) here at the STC
> Conference. Here's his workflow, and I think it's a great path for
> FLOSS Manuals.
> 1. Buy a 10- or 100-pack of ISBNs from Bowker. For FM, since we are
> not a US-based org, we have to find another way to get ISBNs, probably
> from Amsterdam since FM is a Stitchting. I think you can get 10 ISBNs
> for USD$275 from Bowker.
> 2. Contact Lightning Source as a publisher and open a new account. An
> account is something like USD$39 a year.
> 3. Upload PDFs and cover PDFs to Lightning Source.
> 4. Set a wholesale and retail price. Richard had a spreadsheet that
> showed scenarios. This type of price setting flexibility gives us a
> couple of abilities - providing extremely low cost copies to
> organizations like libraries, or offering a higher markup for a
> "social good" donation while receiving a printed book, or giving an
> organization a way to bulk order copies.
> 5. Sell on Amazon mostly, but they do offer plenty of distributors
> include brick-n-mortar stores - and it's not just US Amazon, whew.
> Once the steps are done, you don't have to change anything that I know
> of - though do let me know if you see holes or have a scenario that
> isn't going to work with this process. I think the starter step is to
> get a pack of ISBNs for FLOSS Manuals.
> Anne Gentle
> email: annegentle at justwriteclick.com
> blog: www.justwriteclick.com
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