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Print from PDF?

Posted: June 5th, 2019, 7:29 am
by TVZ
I have written and published several local history books, using KDP (Amazon) printing company. I use them because I can print in small quantities and continue to refine the books. The books are composed using MS Publisher; then saved as PDFs.
When I die I would like for a local history group to be able to publish the books in the regular (offset) way, in larger quantities, much more economically.
Question: If I leave a PDF file for each book (contents and cover), which someone can someday send to a publisher, can the publisher then use that to produce the books? Or should I leave them in some other form?

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: June 5th, 2019, 8:46 am
by Nathan Bransford
Yes - this often works in reverse, where authors who were previously published will sometimes pay their publisher for the files when their books go out of print, and then use those to self-publish.

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: June 6th, 2019, 7:16 am
by TVZ
Thanks Nathan. My main question is, is a PDF file the best thing to leave for them to be able to print & publish? Or should I leave the Microsoft Publisher files that I used to design the books?

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: June 20th, 2019, 8:14 am
by Nathan Bransford
TVZ wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 7:16 am
Thanks Nathan. My main question is, is a PDF file the best thing to leave for them to be able to print & publish? Or should I leave the Microsoft Publisher files that I used to design the books?
Probably both.

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: June 20th, 2019, 9:11 am
by TVZ
Good point. Thnx.

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: October 9th, 2019, 9:17 am
by meridianne
Whoah!
Nathan is still here! Hello

Re: Print from PDF?

Posted: March 12th, 2020, 4:11 pm
by Robert Corrington
Here are my thoughts...
1) Microsoft Publisher only runs on Windows PCs. No Mac support. Offering other formats (e.g., PDF) makes it easier for people using other platforms to access your work.
2) Microsoft sometimes retires less popular programs. Anyone remember Bob? Or Encarta? Again, saving a copy of your work in a more common format makes it easier for others to access the work later.
3) I would encourage you to save a copy on the work in simple HTML. Like PDF, HTML will retain much of the paragraph and character formatting (e.g., headings, paragraph indents, italics, bold, etc.). Also, HTML makes it easy to import into other publishing platforms.
4) If you’re willing to give up the copyright, to make your work widely available to others, consider posting your work on Gutenberg.org and/or the Internet Archive.