December, 13, 2006 | By Bill Keaggy

"As commercial book publishing crashes, personal book publishing is booming. Personal book making entails printing high-quality books in very small quantities, including quantities of one. New technologies permit anyone to print one copy of a softcover or hardcover book, including all-color photo books. These printed-on-demand books are indistinguishable from commercially printed books. In fact, some of the books you buy on Amazon are manufactured with this same technology. You just can't tell the difference. However, being able to print as few as one copy -- instead of a minimum of a thousand -- shifts the economics of bookmaking toward individuals with more passion than money."

Subjects: Communication & Storytelling
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