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Print On Demand

I am contemplating another P.O.D. venture. (That is, “print on demand”–the

modern form of vanity publishing.) I did one before via the P.O.D. firm

Xlibris http://www.olimu.com/FireFromSun/FireFromSun.htm . It wasn’t a

sensationally bad experience, but I think I’d like to try a different P.O.D.

firm this time. Any readers who have had HAPPY expeiences with a P.O.D.

firm, please email & tell me about it (olimu@optonline.net). If you don’t

mind, I’d like to know how much the venture cost you. My idea is to do a

collection of my pieces. Of the hundreds of essays, reviews & fragments of

fugitive journalism I’ve done these past few years, there’s a handful I’d

like to gather together & preserve in some format more durable than pixels.

When I mentioned this to a publisher the other day, he ran for the elevator.

Publishers hate that kind of thing–no market for it. Fine, but I’d like to

do it anyway. All suggestions gratefully received.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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