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Let's begin by asking some important questions about your photo book. Do you intend to self publish the book or do you intend to approach a traditional publisher. In this course I am assuming a self publishing sceneario. But if the latter is the case, I recommend this book by Darius Hines and Mary Virginia Swanson, which also has lots of useful advice for those intending to self-publish. To self-publish your photo book, the obvious route is to use an online print-on-demand service.
This has the enormous benefit of allowing us to print our books in print runs as small as a single copy. This course assumes such a scenario but it is not the only route to self publishing. If you're printing in quantities of more than a thousand than offset printing would be more cost effective. Or if you have an established relationship with a commercial digital printer. They may be able to offer prices for short print runs that are cheaper than those offered by online photo book services.
Another option, if you have the knowledge and access to the necessary resources, is to create a hand-bound book from pages you output on your desktop inkjet printer. Do you intend to sell the book or is it a non-commercial project. Some online photo book services allow you to add your own markup and sell the book through their website. Not that this will impact the mechanics of how the book is designed. But it may have an impact on what photos you choose to include.
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