[HNW] 1597 Sibmacher

Lavolta Press fran at lavoltapress.com
Sat Aug 25 20:30:17 PDT 2007

She holds copyright to all visual aspects of her work that are different 
from the earlier works.  This includes but is not necessarily limited to:

* Drawings, which category drawing new charts/graphs fall under

* Interior design--such things as choice of fonts, type sizes, and where 
to put running heads and page numbers; what the table of contents, 
index, and other non-standard pages should look like; and so on. (And if 
you're going start arguing that a standard book design is not 
copyrightable, the answer is, a book design that is not totally 
bread-and-butter done-a-million-times IS.)

* Cover design and illustration

* Page layout--how she arranged text and drawings on each page.

She also holds copyright to all the editorial and writing work she did. 
This includes but is not necesarily limited to:

* Choice of charts/patterns to include and how she organized them

* Text rewritten for clarity, errors corrected, etc.

* All new text she provided in terms of an introduction, index, 
glossaries, appendices, new instructions, and so on

I don't want to get involved in this project but I have two or three 
things to say.

First, the only place to get a US ISBN for your own publishing house is 
R. R. Bowker.  They charge you through the nose. Just pay. They have the 
US monopoly and there is nothing you can do about it.

You will also, BTW, first have to register a publishing house name; and 
file the business forms and pay the fees your local government requires 
to set up a small business.

Second, you do not want to photocopy the pages to get an image for 
offset printing. The quality is too low. You need to scan them. For a 
b/w interior, do the scans at 1,000 to 1,2000 dpi.  You will have to 
fiddle with the threshold (the scanner driver setting that determines 
what becomes a white bit and what becomes a black bit in the finished 
scan) to get the line widths right.

Third, an alternative is to do print-on-demand.  Do not go to a 
print-on-demand PUBLISHER. Those are subsidy presses, and they charge 
you a lot for services that they don't really perform, such as 
marketing, and editing.  Also others you shouldn't use, such as buying 
one of the ISBNs tied to THEIR business, which identifies THEM as the 

What you want is a print-on-demand PRINTER.  All they do is take your 
PDFs and print the book on what amounts to a fancy laser printer, at a 
lower cost than the above. Print-on-demand is a very small print run, 
not one copy at a time. If you are printing more than 500 copies, or 
often less, offset printing is usually cheaper. It is also higher 
quality, especially for illustrated books.  Get some comparative quotes 
from offset and POD printers first.

Offset printers are highly specialized as to the type of job they will 
do and the number of copies they will print, also the size of publisher 
they will work with. For offset, try McNaughton & Gunn or Thomson-Shore. 
  They specialize in small press jobs and they will do 8 1/2 by 11 
books, which many printers will not.  (Forget Central Plains, they just 
went into Chapter 11 and laid off all their employees.)  For POD, try 
Fidlar-Doubleday--I've never done POD printing but they have the highest 
reputation. Next to them try Lightning Source.  I think McNaughton & 
Gunn also has a POD machine now in addition to their offset presses.

Because POD prints poor color, many publisher get their book covers 
printed offset, even if they print the interior POD.

Buy one or more of the beginner books on self-publishing--Dan Poynter 
and Tom & Marilyn Ross have written some of the classics. Fern Rice has 
written a series that is very gimmicky--it makes promises like "publish 
a bestseller in 30 days"--but if you ignore all her marketing hype it 
contains solid beginner info.

Hope this helps.

Lavolta Press Books on Historic Costuming

Wanda Pease wrote:

> I'm confused.  You charted your versions from 19th Century and earlier
> books?  If so, then those who reprint those books do not have copyright over
> the patterns taken from books that were no longer in copyright. If you
> charted your patterns from the current book they might have a reason to
> complain.

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