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Artbook publishing- how does it work?

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 7, 2013, 10:47 AM
I was asking myself quite a while how this might work...Haha no I'm not planning to do one yet (since I still need to practice a lot until then).
But I'm kind of curious how it all works, since I was able to contribute to a few artbooks and was wondering how much the printing costs would be and what is necessary needed beside the illustrations or the layout (I already now how it works fr designing the layout etc.) but which company would be good to print (since I live in germany & am scared that the costs would explode). Does anyone know how it works and would like to share his/her knowledge with us/me *^*

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YKajitaka Nov 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
lulu.com is your best friend.  8D

I printed my second book through lulu, and had no issues whatsoever.  :la:  Since it's a self-publishing format, you're not even charged for ANYTHING until you actually order a book, and unlike blurb.com, lulu provides it's own special ISBN number so you can post it for sale on Amazon and other book sites that register things but ISBNs!  Normally they'd cost a $100 or more, but lulu's are free~ ~
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:iconmilky-hoshi:
Hmmmm maybe finding a local printing company that does quality work may help you? You can ask plenty of questions from there! I know one person used Lulu.com and it seems that Lulu has many different locations (even a Germany central location) just by clicking around [ www.lulu.com/shop/stores.ep ]
I'm pretty sure they have all the answers you need, so try asking them!
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:iconkurokikumo:
One thing to really keep in mind is that it isn't cheap to publish your own book -- and cheaper doesn't always mean better. Think about the kind of quality you want, what other expenses are involved (such as purchasing ISBN), and really look into what the breakdown is (where the price you're being charged is coming from, what's your take of profit, where's everything else going). Lulu is okay, falling somewhere in the middle and I know you'll hear a lot of it. What all that boils down to is research and don't be afraid to ask questions; if something doesn't make sense or someone you're talking to is making you feel stupid, be suspicious. 

Hope that helped a little bit. Please forgive me for this long comment!
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MimiStars Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't know, but I want to share with you that if you DO make one, I'll definitely buy one! >W<
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:iconjiaorin:
Cheapest companies i've heard of are all in China. Then there's lulu.com, which isn't as cheap, but English friendly I guess. Asia's the best bet to get a lot printed at a lower cost.
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ynne-black Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
How much does printing at lulu cost?
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:iconjiaorin:
Apparently each book (perfect bound soft cover/ us letter size 8.5x11 inches) is $12.99 and each
additional page you add is an extra $0.40.
They offer discounts when you bulk order, so like 10% off when you order 100 copies
and 20% off when you order 200 copies etc.
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GinSoul Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ganz genau weiß ich es selber nicht, aber ich hab mal z.B Lancha gefragt wie sie so ihre Sachen druckt und sie hat mir ,,Online Druck Biz" empfohlen. Ich hab selber noch etwas herum gegooglet und fand, dass hot-flyer.de und papedruck vom Preis her auch akzeptabel sind. Die Webseiten haben alle eigene Onlinekalkulatoren, also kannst du selbst etwas nachschauen. 
Sonst kommt es eben z.B drauf an ob du jetzt eher mit Rückstichheftung oder Klebebindung etc. wählst. Rückenstichheftung ist jedenfalls immer das günstigste :3 Und je mehr Exemplare du druckst, desto billiger wird es. 
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Koriru Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really depends on which company you decide to go with.. You can go with:
Lulu.com
artbookbindery.com
MyPublisher.com
Blurb.com

Its entirely up to if the company meets your criteria or what you're looking for.
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:iconmiss-glitter:
ive always wanted to contribute to an artbook >u<
it always looks like a lot of fun QuQ
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