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By ana (Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 07:58:42 AM EST) (all tags)
So my cousin, the self-publishing self-styled entrepreneur (and Amazon best-selling author, fwiw) wanted a copy of this...

Back in the twenty-aughts I wrote this novel. It turns out will make an actual book out of a pdf file for less than it cost then to copy the manuscript at Kinko's, so, like, why not? It's a bit rough, but quite readable as-is. I may yet revise it again. Or maybe I'll write something new. November is a-coming in...

I had forgotten this, but I gave a copy to a friend who lived across town. He recently posted on the book of faces a picture of his physical bookshelf, mostly aimed at the Boris figure (Natasha is on the shelf above, and elsewhere are Rocky and Bullwinkle). But between Boris and the end of the book case were a dozen books or so written by people he actually knows. Including a copy of But Before That. It's kinda cool to see something I wrote loose in the wild.

Anyway, if you'd like a copy of your very own for cheap (at cost; I get nothing), here's the link: But Before That at

Stay tuned for announcements of the next one, Necessary Lies, whenever I get around to pushing it out the door.
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That makes sense by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 04:30:00 PM EST
over a decade ago I escorted a couple of developers to a local customer who had the monstrosity. Said customer did print on demand books for someone, it might have been lulu.

The monstrosity was designed to print about a million prints a month, though some customers got around 3 million prints a month. It's designed to run non-stop until something runs out that can't be replaced on the fly, or a part wears out.

It's more complex than a copier too, with two computers. One for the front end that converts PDFs to bitmaps, up to eight per page, one for the actual printer to control paper trays, etc.

hmm. by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Oct 08, 2017 at 05:28:14 AM EST
i vaguely remember a time when it seemed like POD was the future --- you could go to a bookstore, pay some money, get an onsite copy of the obscure hard to find book you wanted.

I hadn't thought of that in years. Ebooks won.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Yeah, don't bet against Moore's law by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Oct 08, 2017 at 05:32:54 PM EST

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Very cool! by clock (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Oct 06, 2017 at 03:04:56 PM EST
I need to jump on that.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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