A rough draft for a publishing house
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How we do business is one of the central questions in the town experiment of the easy town book series.
Publishing doesn’t feature much in the series, but since the easy town books should get a home, it’s time to start creating something which doesn’t contradict the ideas of the Easy Town experiment.
The pepper publishing e-book will have a rough draft for a publishing house, and a collection of thoughts on publishing.
The publication will contain a few quotes from the book series and one extended extract: The Great Library of Sitseaf, book 2/2, travelling, Otaon
Some of the central questions are:
How can a maximum of people profit from a product – in this case from a single book?
How can publishing become sustainable?
How can each craft and art involved in publishing be supported?
extract from book 2/2, travelling, Berlin
18:48 We should set up book workshops, like in The Great Library of Sitseaf. Then a customer could take their favourite poems, plays or stories to the book workshop and get a bespoke edition with a unique layout, cover and binding, maybe even with illustrations. Such an edition could be offered to other people too, and someone could buy an edition designed by Mr Jack Harris /-) Though that sounds a bit too cheesy. But if you think about it, it’s unsustainable to print as many books as we are printing today. Besides, how many books does a person really care about? I mean long-term. I’d be happy to pay a lot to have my favourite books printed and illustrated in a special edition. An edition I like as much as the content. For Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Goal, and Aïtmatov’s Jamilia, and Socrate’s Apology, I’d definitely get special editions. And, of course, for the Lord of the Rings.
18:50 Actually, I just remembered, the Hub Station Team in Cape Town suggested something like that. And even better. They are building a writer’s studio which includes a workshop for bespoke books.
18:51 Maybe you could read a story on a cheap printout first, or on an e-reader. Get to know the story. And only if you like the story, you buy an actual book that’s meant to stay with you.
18:54 And we could have a book station. A place where you can take your old paper, the cheap printouts and the books you don’t need or want any more, and then your new bespoke book gets printed on your recycled paper. Or at least on part of that paper. That way you have a connection to the recycling process. You put something old in on one side, and get something new out on the other. I think having a connection to production processes is important. And if it is, then that’s another good argument to go for local smallish businesses.
18:57 Or we could have a book city where every craft, trade and profession around books comes together. And it wouldn’t be just writers and linguists and translators and researchers. It would be all the illustrators, layout people, colour makers, printing machine developers and builders, paper makers, printers, bookbinders, library experts, narrators, actors, audio people for audiobooks, forestry experts, trainee workshops and so on. We can easily fill a town with all of them, and there would be frequent readings outdoors and indoors. And everyone could learn Braille and sign language to make sure stories are told in all possible ways. And we could have houses that look like books /-) All right now I’m getting a little carried away on a big cloud of imagination /-)
18:57 I’d better get back to work /-)
book 2/2, travelling, Berlin
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