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Fast Cheap Intuitive, Part 2

at 9:30 am

A few weeks ago, I posted about my first time using Lulu.com to create a book, which was actually just a compilation of articles that I had been planning to read online. After seeing a post by a Google employee about how he'd used Lulu to create a book of web articles so that he could read those articles more comfortably in print, I decided I had to try it out. It was a quick, easy and cheap success. Lulu's application is really simple and well designed, which makes the user experience really great.

Even though my design was pretty spartan, with a far-too-small type size, I ended up reading through the 120 pages of articles pretty quickly. Since I had plenty more saved online, I decided to create a second book and employ some design improvements. This second one also ended up being twice the size (about 320 pages). I increased the type size slightly and gave more attention to the page layout. I also designed my own cover after Katie told me that using a print-quality image for the cover would increase the quality dramatically over simply choosing colors and text in Lulu's "cover wizard." You can check out a few more images below.

In general, I was pretty impressed with this service after making my first book. But after extending just a little more effort for the second one, I can see enormous potential with print-on-demand. I posted an article a few days ago about how print on demand might affect web content, and now I am even more convinced that print-on-demand is the future of printed publications. To be able to compile and create my own 320-page book with a custom-designed cover in just a couple of hours (including the time it took to create my book's PDF and cover, upload it to Lulu, and configure my order) for under $10 and have it delivered to my office in 3 business days is just incredible.





Comments

Able Parris | April 10, 2009 9:33 AM
I really need to do this. Is your gutter swallowing your copy or is it just the photo making it look like that?

Looks great, man!
Jason Robb | April 10, 2009 9:37 AM
Wow! What a splendid idea! What did you use to compile the articles, Lulu service or InDesign?

Very awesome. Thanks for sharing! =)
Chris Butler | April 10, 2009 9:43 AM
@Able Parris, I took the pictures outside this morning by that herb patch next to Newfangled, so that's the green stuff you're seeing. Is that what you meant by "gutter?"

@Jason Robb, Thanks! I actually just copied and pasted the text of the articles I wanted into OpenOffice, set up standard styles for titles, subtitles, authors, urls, comments, quotes, etc., then exported to a PDF. For the cover, I created it in Photoshop and exported to PDF (Lulu requires a PDF for custom covers. There is a tool to calculate the spine width based upon the number of pages in your book).
Able Parris | April 10, 2009 9:46 AM
Nah, I mean the gutter of the book. Where the pages meet.

Side note: I wish I could subscribe to comments here. Is that possible? I'll email Nolan and have him get on that later today. ;)
Chris Butler | April 10, 2009 9:52 AM
@Able Parris, Ahh, yeah, I was using one hand to hold the book and the other to hold the camera, so that's why it's only partially opened. I don't think we have a comments RSS feed. Good idea, though.
Able Parris | April 10, 2009 9:58 AM
Email notification would be great. :)
Ted | April 13, 2009 4:13 PM
Great. Just what we need- more paper being used. What about your whole conservation stuff?
Chris Butler | April 13, 2009 4:40 PM
Ted,

Wow, there's just no winning with you, is there?!? Of course I'm not saying that every article should turn in to paper.

Chris
Camille | March 21, 2013 4:28 PM
What font did you use for your text?

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