View Poll Results: Self-published v. traditionally published book. Do you feel... ?

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  • more respect for self-published book than traditionally published book

    5 8.62%
  • less respect for self-published book than traditionally published book

    15 25.86%
  • equal respect for self-published book and traditionally published book

    28 48.28%
  • more likely to buy self-published book than traditionally published book

    3 5.17%
  • less likely to buy self-published book than traditionally published book

    12 20.69%
  • equally likely to buy self-published book and traditionally published book

    27 46.55%
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Thread: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    A fine publisher and a great photographer make a strong team, such as Ansel Adams and Little Brown & Co. Adams was right to claim that their reproductions did justice to his original prints. I compared 27 of these prints to the original photographs in an exhibit curated by his daughter in Peoria years ago, and found this usually so. Many other books on Adams by other publishers are awful in comparison. Another example is Portraits of Greatness by Yousuf Karsh. The first edition printed in Holland in sheet fed gravure is magnificent when compared to later editions. However, we can interpret much of a photographer's intent even through mediocre publishing, just as we can appreciate great music poorly reproduced. I continue to buy books more for information rather than for the quality of publication. Emil Schildt's little Blurb book, From My Universe, is more inspiring than many coffee table publications by lesser artists.

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    I have a pretty large photo book library, by my wife's standards :-). Every single one was bought because I was first aware of the photographer's work, then went to find a book with his photos. Though it didn't matter who printed the book, the first source I go to is always Amazon, so I would place the vendor higher on my list than the production source. And if you aren't aware of it, it is possible for individuals to place their work directly on Amazon.

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    I voted then realized I really don't know the difference. Could someone explain? Are self-published on Amazon? How would a buyer know which is which? Does the company that actually prints the book matter?
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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Tuan, I've reached a point in life where "stuff" owns me, and I'd like to shed much of it. Treasured Lands is the only physical book I've purchased in years, and that was (enthusiastically) done out of gratitude for your founding and keeping alive this free Web site over decades. In other words, while I voted "equal respect" and "equally likely," I'm not a very good source for useful marketing information.
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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    I use Abe's as often as I can. They represent many bookstores worldwide. https://www.abebooks.com/?&cm_mmc=gg...oaAoyhEALw_wcB

    They will also search and report as your desire appears on market. Very handy when they present all available at extremely variable pricing.

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Ah, it depends.

    Yes, generally so however... if you spend any time around the book world you find out quickly that regardless of an artists status they still have to plop down a huge chunk of cash for their book.




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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    I will confess to having made a few photobooks to order for clients.

    Editions of 1,2,3...for other media artists to use as a carried book for sales of their art, fashion, stuff.

    The books sell their art.

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    I don't understand the phrase "self-publish". My immediate reaction is negative because I think of poorly bound photocopies from the local copy store. But it could as easily mean exquisite reproductions in a carefully made binding with nothing left to chance. So for the sake of this thread, could the OP please establish a definition of "self-publishing"?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Will Whitaker View Post
    I don't understand the phrase "self-publish". My immediate reaction is negative because I think of poorly bound photocopies from the local copy store. But it could as easily mean exquisite reproductions in a carefully made binding with nothing left to chance. So for the sake of this thread, could the OP please establish a definition of "self-publishing"?
    Thank you.
    Self publishing means you lose the perks of working with a publisher... book design, layout, someone as a representative on press , etc etc etc

    It's going at it all alone.




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    Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Alan, Will, see clarification on OP. Self-published can easily be on Amazon. In general it is not possible to identify the printing company.

    Nothing prevents a self-publisher from hiring a book designer or someone to go on press for them, etc..

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