Having the PDFs is great, but I still prefer my books in print. Mars is still out there and not too difficult to find, Thrilling Tales is much harder to find affordably. At this time the cheapest one on Amazon.com is $57.97 and there are plenty that cost more than that! I'd like the book in print, but not that much.
There is an affordable work-around for those who have or are willing to purchase the PDF. Using Lulu.com, you can sign up and create publishing projects for your own personal use which you can then order a copy for them to print and ship to you. The purpose for this is to print a product you've purchased. This cannot be sold as your own production.
Here are the steps I took to:
Start a new project, name the book and provide an author. Make sure you leave the Keep it private and accessible only to me selection marked. And then Save and Continue.
Standard paper offers many more options for size and layout, but none of which are compatible with the PDF.
The PDF is produced in black & white so only having this option worked out fine. Save and continue.
DriveThruRPG) will give you an error when trying to upload. "Your document could not be created: We do not accept password-encrypted PDF documents."
Getting around this error is not hard. In the PDF reader program under File click on Print. Select Print to File, designate where you this PDF copy to be saved and name it. This copy should not trigger the above error. This is the file we'll upload to Lulu.
When Lulu prints this PDF, they consider the cover as page 1. Which makes the real page 1, page 2. This causes problems with the page numbering where you'll have the page number on the inside by the spine instead of out by the outer corner of the page. To overcome this problem I added a single page PDF in front of the full PDF. This additional page can be uploaded separate to the main document. The final book will come out with all included PDFs as if they were one combined file.
In retrospect I realized that one could simply print to file- skipping the first page (the cover), i.e. print pages 2-257. This will also correct the page numbering problem and save one page in the final product.
I kind of like how that one page worked out, though.
|The single page PDF added to offset the numbering.|
|The PDF's cover now as the 2nd page and page 1 in it's proper place.|
Click Save and Continue>>.
The photo you chose might not look clear when printed. You should choose a different image or pick a smaller image frame." I disregarded the warning and mine turned out perfectly.
You'll be presented with two links, one from before to preview the book and now and additional one that will give you a PDF of the cover art you've just created. Click Save & Continue.
Save and Finish>>
There. Now you can purchase your own book. My experience in doing this was about $10.something. With the original price of the PDF, this was less than $12.00 total- shipping and everything.
I'm surprised how nice this turned out, compared to previous Lulu print projects I've tried.
|The cover artwork looks worn and tattered. The actual cover is nice and new still.|
|The new UPC doesn't line up quite with the original one. Again, the worn out look is the printed cover.|