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print-on-demand: notes

Page history last edited by Sherman Clarke 7 years, 8 months ago

My obsession with a genre term for books produced via blurb.com, lulu.com, etc started with a query from Rachel Stuhlman at the Eastman House. She had begun seeing photo books produced by artists using web-based print-on-demand resources. This is a place for me to keep notes on trying to find the right genre term.


LCSH has:

On-demand publications (sh94007924)

On-demand printing (sh97003623)

On-demand reprints (Publications) (sh94007925)

Instant printing (sh85106780) (scope note: Here are entered works on fast-turnaround printing from eye-readable copy. Works on printing large or small numbers of copies from a computer file stored for use when copies are needed are entered under On-demand printing.)


AAT has: On-demand printing; On-demand publications; On-demand publishing; On-demand reprints


Wikipedia has: Self-publishing


Amon Carter Museum Library is using: 655 _4 $a Print-on-demand books.


Message to ARLIS-L from David Senior, MoMA, 22 November 2011: subject line: digital journal, blog or tumblr as book

His query was specifically about books produced from blogs or electronic journals.

Noted in Printed Matter web catalog (31 October 2012):

The Serving Library (Dexter Sinister)
The Bulletins Of The Serving Library No.3
New York, NY: The Serving Library. 2012

cf http://printedmatter.org/catalogue/moreinfo.cfm?title_id=92540


websites for producing books:


Blurb BookSmart (tutorial on "slurping" Flickr images into BookSmart)

Lulu - Lulu Studio for photo books

(both blurb and lulu use "print on demand" in the text on their websites)


"On-demand" or "Print-on-demand" doesn't address the self-publishing aspect. Does it matter? It seems to me that it is important, and David Senior's message seems to imply that what he wants a genre term for is something more than JUST print-on-demand books.


Cleveland Museum of Art had a whole exhibition (one-roomer) of photographer books produced on Blurb, Lulu, etc. cf http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2012/08/25/life/doc503561098ea54620520417.txt and http://www.worldcat.org/title/diy-photographers-books/oclc/806221280&referer=brief_results

Comments (1)

Sherman Clarke said

at 5:41 pm on Dec 11, 2011

Marly Helm posted on OCLC-CAT, 8.xii.2011:
There is a research group at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science studying the changing publishing field and focusing on non-traditional publishing practices. Their website is at: http://sirls.arizona.edu/ntp. A recent article published by the team is in First Monday, v. 16, no. 8 (Aug 2011) and it defines POD and other terms and looks at the increase in and impact of digital publishing. You might find it interesting and helpful. The article is at: http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3353/3030

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