Sounds dumb, but I actually know someone who went digital solely because of the use of gelatin in analog photo products. I am of a sympathetic attitude on the over consumption and mistreatment of animals by humans, but there is truly nothing more repulsive to me than human absolutism!
"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
Unfortunately, I priced out having my editing copies today. In B&W only it will run about $25 each without binding and up to $100 each in color. When I have the larger run made, this same type of price differential will apply!
So, here is a question..... How important is color to you all? Is it worth up to 4x in price no matter what the price is?
What the Heck?! I don`t think anyone will be buying multiple copies of your book. The difference between $25 and $100 for a one time purchase is not a big deal! Anyone who is making emulsions must realize that $75 dose not buy a lot of AgNO3. I say Go For The Color. A color photograph of a gray scale image is only inappropriate if it misrepresents the actual image. A color reproduction of a warm tone black and white photograph can me more honest than a neutral reproduction of that image.
I am serious,for a change
Good to hear about your progress! I'm waiting eagerly.
About color vs. bw ----
although I am ready to pay 100 USD for the book -- for the marvelous CONTENT! -- , I would be a bit reluctant to do it just for color printing. If the book explained color theory etc. it would be more important, but BW graphics and photos in a book describing mostly BW emulsions would be IMO sufficient. If it is $25 vs $100, If I was you I would make it BW and $35 and use the extra $10 for buying some silver nitrate .
Or to rephrase, I don't want that much money go to the print, but rather I'd support your research efforts with that money.
So, color is a nice extra, but not worth 4x price.
Most of the technical literature of this area is printed in black and white anyway and the photos and illustrations make perfect sense. Shanebrook's book is an exception as it is strongly a photo book.
But, I'll be happy in any decision you make.
Last edited by hrst; 11-13-2010 at 03:19 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Lets do this again. The cost to ME is about $25 B&W and $100 Color in small quantities. The cost to you would be more than that just so that I can break even. I spent $50 today on paper just to print copies for editing. And, some people will not buy the DVDs or vice versa, so that there is material repeated in both the book and the DVDs.
The cost would go down if I ordered more. But then I am speculating that I can sell the larger quantity. So, in a hypothetical scenario, I can get up to 100 books for $100 each in color or go to a shop and get 1000 books for about $50 each. Either way that is a LOT of money to invest so I am looking at all aspects of this to cut costs for all of us.