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Publishing a Photo Book

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A high school classmate of mine, Susan Clark, proposed to me that I should create a Photo Book of some of my backpacking pictures. Susan put together a template which made it much easier for me to jump in and it has been a lot of fun working with her on this project. The goal was to produce a Photo Book focusing on the images and use enough space to tell the story. The story took on a bit of a motivational message as to why I backpack drawing from my Strong Finish post. So we have ended up with about a 30 page Photo Book with enough story to help one understand where the photos are from and a bit about some of the unique reasons why I was there. And I will admit that I am very pleased with how it turned out thanks to the power and flexibility of Apple’s Pages word processing program. It mostly takes place in 2015 ending with a very dangerous trip I survived on the Lost Coast Trail of Northern California.

At this time I am not sure how many books I will print or exactly what size the book should be, but cost is steering it toward an 8.5×11 landscape for about $25. If you want to buy a book feel free to influence me on how many books to print by sending me an email: ghsmith76@gmail.com.

The book draws images from many of my blog posts such as: Three Sisters, Eagle Cap, Goat Rocks, Three Sisters PCT, Timberline to Gorge, Spider Gap, Stevens to Snoqualmie Pass, West Coast Trail, Jefferson Park, Paradise Park, Elk Mountain and The Lost Coast Trail.

* UPDATE * I have received the Second Proof Book on better paper and I like it. So it looks like we have a book to sell. The book costs me $30 and I figure I can send ti to you for $5 so the cost will be $35.

* UPDATE * Alright, my book is available for purchase at amazon for your Kindle or Kindle App. It was very interesting going through the process of publishing a book using Amazon Kindle Direct. All the work was done in creating the book for print. I was then able to use that file to create the Kindle eBook. The price range allowed by Amazon was $2.99-9.99, so I made it 2.99. Then it was interesting to see how they handle the royalties. They pitch the fact that they offer 70% royalties, but that also means that they take 15 cents per MB of download and my book is like 150 MB so it would cost me $21 per book to get 70% royalty. So of course I chose the 35% royalty option. Obviously this type of fee structure does not favor a photo book. Not that I cared about the royalty, but interesting to learn this industry. The important thing is that the book is easily accessed and the photos will look best on a digital display.

Amazon Kindle Link: A New Path: Finding My Passion in America’s Wilderness

I do hope that you enjoy this book. Join me in the journey around the Pacific Northwest. The book may look best if viewed on a Computer or a Tablet.

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Assuming all of this process continues to be positive I would bet that there will be at least one more book highlighting my backpacking adventures with my Australian Shepard backpacking buddy, Brook @AussieBrook.

 

Newspapers are Running Out of Time

It is interesting how quickly it appears the book publishing industry has embraced digital distribution and yet the Newspaper industry can’t. Well I decided to write this blog as I read my last home delivered Sunday Oregonian newspaper. Yes we finally gave up, that feel good morning coffee and paper just is not what it used to be. Generally it is a wet paper that requires you to remove the tricky half wrap add to see the front page, then search threw the rest of the paper to find Business and Sports. I think it was the recycling effort that finally did us in.

Well this week the Oregonian, Portland’s newspaper, had another layoff. Significant in that the “No Layoffs Promise” was rescinded in August of 09 by their parent company when they started the early retirement enticements. So in less then a year with 25% fewer employees the paper is still tossing out the same old lines that the newspaper industry is strong and the only problem is that the darn Internet is stealing all of their advertisers. Yes, and your business model is??? And they complain that they are spending half their effort on the online version, “OregonLive” with no positive results. True, online newspapers have to be real newspapers not outdated web portals. Come on you regional newspapers, you don’t have that much time. Formulate your alliances with some larger digital news service with multimedia development skills that will help you to be competitive.

I will buy a subscription to a good digital newspaper especially if there is some regional presence. I may not feel that it is fair to pay the same amount, but at least half. And considering distribution is 85% of the cost shouldn’t that help your bottom line. Plus you regain those advertisers who bolted for the Internet.

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