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Libi Astaire

Once upon a time, a book was a rare and expensive object. Today, Print on Demand technology has made it possible to print a professional-looking book for under $10 — so our stories, artwork, favorite recipes, and more can be preserved in a binding fit for the most magnificent bookshelf.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A few years ago,Adina’s parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. “My siblings and I wanted to do something special — that goes without saying,” she recalls. “But everyone had their own idea of what ‘special’ meant. “I really wanted to compile a family history, with lots of photos, and make it into a nice book, something that my grandkids could read when they got older and got curious about our family’s past. I contacted a few publishers to see how much such a book would cost, and I was in shock. I was hearing price quotes of $10,000, and even more. There was no way I could ask my siblings to pay so much money, considering we were paying for the hall and catering and, in some cases, plane tickets.” Instead of a book,Adina made a short PowerPoint presentation that took the extended family down memory lane. It was a big hit, but when her laptop computer died, the presentation died with it, since she hadn’t backed it up. However, her original idea of creating a book doesn’t have to meet the same fate. There’s been a revolution in the publishing industry, and the new print-on-demand (POD) technology has made printing a book incredibly easy and inexpensive. And even though POD is mainly associated with aspiring authors hoping to sell a million copies of their self-published novel, more and more people are discovering that it works just fine for a print run of ten, or even just one copy.

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