A couple of weeks ago I wrote about two books I got from the British Orthodox Church. But not from Britain.
That church uses Lulu to publish and fulfill their book orders; it’s a leading print-on-demand service. No back stock to get dusty, volunteer time stuck in mailing books and — as a nice side effect — your books may be made closer to the reader. (Mine were made and shipped within the United States.) They were inexpensive (presumably the British Orthodox Church wasn’t making a profit on these) and the quality of manufacture is good. (The typesetting wasn’t good, but traditional printing doesn’t fix that.)
The only downside — such as it is — is that it makes booktable sales less practical. But given what a resource hole that is, even in the age before e-book readers, I can’t say I’m sorry.
Churches could use services like Lulu to spread their message(s) to their local community instead of relying on materials produced by their denomination, couldn’t they? Churches could operate as their own publishing houses, as well as houses of worship. This might even help with the UUA/Beacon Press save a few bucks.
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