[FOM] Out-of-print books
hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Mon Aug 4 22:39:51 EDT 2008
On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 11:00:25AM -0400, Timothy Y. Chow wrote:
> On Sat, 2 Aug 2008, Roger Bishop Jones wrote:
> > FOM book authors who wish to avoid having their books go out of print
> > could consider publishing through the amazon "print on demand"
> > publishing service. This service is economically independent of the
> > volume of sales, since books are printed and shipped automatically, one
> > at a time, when they are ordered.
> There are certainly many good reasons to go this route. The one thing to
> consider, though, is the long-term survival of the book (in particular,
> after the author's death). Many libraries are not in the habit of
> purchasing such books, and at present, there is little guarantee that the
> book will still be available from the print-on-demand company fifty or a
> hundred years from now.
This won't generate revenue, but it's also possible to release it under
a suitable creative commons licence. This would mean that enyone with
an electronic copy of a book is free to redistribute it. You can do
that *and* make it available with print-on-demand publisher(s). How
much this would count toward tenure is anyone's guess.
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