Not any more, I have moved back to Europe, and sell the odd one here and there, if someone contacts me after seeing it on someone else's table. I didn't get an ISBN number since the bulk of the sales were intended in China. I personally would not repeat it the way I did. It was alot of hard work and took the fun out of photography for me (it took three months to slelect images, layout the book with my publkisher friend etc....and then after release, there was six months of marketing on weekends etc). Blurb seems to be an easier option without the stress of the outlay. The advantage of Blurb is that you can produce a single printed book, and use it as a basis for seeing if outlets are interested. You can then get it an ISBN number...but as I say...you don't make much money the Blurb route (I know a couple of people who have produced books through Blurb, like Suzanne Levy on APUG). Depends on what you are wanting out of this. The act itself, or as an investment/return project. K
Sorry...I means Suzanne Revy!
Also, as long as you're moving physical product through retail channels, there will be unsold books. No matter what.
As to printing, it's been a few years since I've had to do any print buying, but you might look to see who's doing printing in Iceland. You didn't say where you were, and whether you needed color or b&w (makes a big difference). Some years ago I saw some print samples from a printer in Iceland (the name unfortunately escapes me at this time), some museum exhibit catalogs, both b&w and color, and the work was absolutely top-notch. Really, some of the best half-tone repro I'd ever seen. Prices were not too bad, even at shorter runs, though more than Hong Kong.
My father has just had a collection of poems published that he completed online though an Irish company called Choice Publishing. A quick look at their site and I could find prices, which were very reasonable, as well as an option to choose full colour picture books .
When they arrived, the box included book marks, with the name of the book and author, and invitations to the "Book launch" at a time and place to be decided by the author.
We're all busy planning that bit now :)
His book turned out brilliantly, but it is poetry and therefore simply type apart from the front cover, but it may just be well worth a look?
[ You can then get it an ISBN number...but as I say...you don't make much money the Blurb route (I know a couple of people who have produced books through Blurb, like Suzanne Levy on APUG). Depends on what you are wanting out of this. The act itself, or as an investment/return project. K[/QUOTE]
unfortunately its the investment/return option. the stupid option!