[ntp:questions] Book Publishers (Was: NTP vs chrony comparison)

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Sat Jan 26 22:10:02 UTC 2008

"Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:

>Jason Rabel wrote:
>>>Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>>>>Computer Network Time Synchronization: The Network Time Protocol by
>>>>David L. Mills (Hardcover - Mar 24, 2006)
>>>>Available from Amazon.com.   You may be able to find a copy at a
>>>>University Book store.  Be prepared for "Sticker Shock".  It ain't
>>>>cheap!  Publishing in small quantities is EXPENSIVE!!!  It's different
>>>>when you can amortize your setup costs over 50,000 copies!
>>>>"Das Buch" is unlikely to become a best seller!
>>>Perhaps we could have a Lulu version?  They can manage small quantities 
>>>very effectively.  See:
>>> http://www.lulu.com
>>>I'd love to see the book, but can't afford those Amazon prices.....
>> Or even CafePress has a very reasonable book printing prices.

>Printing is relatively cheap.  Typesetting is generally more expensive, 
>especially when you have to do equations, greek letters, graphs, etc. 
>Once the plates are made and installed on the press you are talking 
>about the price of electricity, paper and ink.  The setup costs are huge 
>compared to the actual cost of paper, ink, and electricity.

Well, that used to be true, before typesetting machines leanred to read
postscript of pdf. And it is even less true if you publish it online. the
typesetting costs are zero since the author usually does them.

>I know whereof I speak.  My wife has published "fan fiction" (StarTrek 
>and Beauty and the Beast (TV Show) under a "pen name")) and I put up the 
>"working capital".  Those small press runs are a real killer!

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