I’ve been loving your library of congress posts from the other week! They intersected nicely with my new obsession, printing hard-to-find old books on Lulu.com. Have you seen Lulu before? It’s a print-on-demand, and it’s pretty cheap (I’ve done 5 books so far, ranging from about $3.50 to $17.00 depending on length). I’m attaching some photos of my loot so far. [at right, also]
I’ve done the (fairly easy) work of uploading/formatting for Lulu, and I believe I can make the “books” publicly-purchasable. I haven’t yet because of lingering questions about copyright, but since these are in the public domain I think it should be legal (we’re paying Lulu for the printing, not the content). They do hardback as well as paperback (paper’s cheaper) and they do a good job of the printing. The covers are a little low-res for printing, since I just adapt them from the scanned copy, but they’ll do.
In case you wonder, Lucy doesn’t work for Lulu, she’s a professor at a prestigious apparel program. I wrote her in response to her great suggestion but haven’t heard back yet. She’s formatted the Italian book, Simon’s grading book and the cute Union Special production sewing book so I’m hoping she’ll open the option to us too.
I went to Lulu to try it out myself. The problem with making it publicly purchasable is tending the sales side which is not something I’m interested in doing (I’m tired of being accused of being a profit monger as it is and don’t want to ride herd on this project). Is anyone interested in volunteering to adopt the various titles I mentioned in the entries (or any others that interest you) and formatting them for purchase? My thinking is that we could aggregate volunteers for the various titles, drop the links in comments and we’d all benefit with thanks to you. If you’re interested, post your title(s), the price (presumably at no profit beyond a very small handling fee) and let us know when it’s ready. I’ll amend your first comment with the link to purchase. Thanks bunches.