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Chris Platt posts on 3/11/2011 10:15:35 AM
Hi Dave, Thanks for the tip on Project Gutenberg. Our hope, still, is to somehow, someday, make some money on the treasure-trove of Kin Platt books. Gutenberg creates and distributes eBooks free-of-charge, mostly those whose copyrights have expired, but also some where the copyright holder has given them permission. We may eventually offer that permission to Gutenberg for some of the titles we believe have no commercial potential (right now, sadly, that appears to be ALL of them), so, as you suggest, they can at least find their way back into the public eye.
Dave posts on 3/9/2011 3:55:47 AM
Chris, I don't know what your ultimate goals are, nor the standings of any copyrights. This probably won't help if you're looking at commercial options, but if you wish to make the book available to all and can get it into the public domain, there is an organization called Project Gutenberg which works on the scan and proof process mentioned by others here. It may be sonething to check out.
Chris Platt posts on 2/18/2011 1:48:09 PM
Hi Dan, you see, this is a good example of the problem. The original was published by Chilton, copyright 1966, and has cover art by Charles Geer. Chilton now publishes just automotive mags, doesn't have anything to do w/traditional publishing anymore. Geer died in 2008. Worse, I believe -- although I have never read the paperback edition cover-to-cover -- that it is an abridged version. So, please don't start working on this one. Thanks again
Dan posts on 2/18/2011 12:50:41 PM
My copy is the "First Laurel printing-January 1974" by Dell Publishing Co. I'll scan the pages. Let me know.
Chris Platt posts on 2/17/2011 10:24:05 AM
Hi Kathy, Wow! You people are really stepping up. The thing about scanning is that you pretty much HAVE TO take the copy of the book apart, ever-so-gently, and scan a page-at-a-time unless you have an industrial-strength scanner which take a stack of two-sided pages. And, if we had access to one of those, we would probably have access to computer software that could typeset the pages directly for publication.
The other thing about each of us typing up portion the book is that we have to be sure we are all working from the same edition. There are abridged and paperback versions still floating around, as well as some published outside the USA, where the pages do not match up.
Kathy posts on 2/17/2011 9:55:44 AM
I don't have a copy anymore - mine fell apart and I got rid of it before I knew how hard (impossible) it would be to get another - if someone scanned pages into jpegs and then sent those out, I for one could type from that.
Dan posts on 2/16/2011 5:45:44 PM
It wouldn't take long for me to type and proofread 50 or more pages from my copy of Sinbad and Me.
Kathy posts on 2/15/2011 10:11:14 AM
I would contribute to such an effort - in fact, I would be happy to help type up an electronic copy - perhaps if ten of us took several chapters, we could knock out a Word version of Sinbad & Me fairly quickly.
Chris Platt posts on 2/15/2011 1:16:21 AM
Dan, thanks so much for your generous -- and frankly embarrassing offer. I really appreciate it, and it would be so cool to have the book reborn as a result of a grassroots effort like that.
Let's see what other visitors to this message board have to say about it and go from there.
And Thank You, Jakapan. YES, we have looked into print on demand options, but have yet to find one that will actually take apart an olde, yellowing copy of an out-of-print book, and somehow scan it into a text file,and manipulate the text of 300-plus pages of Sinbad, and then desktop-publish it into a new book, except at a prohibitive cost. But we're still looking. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
Jakapan posts on 2/15/2011 12:03:01 AM
Chris, for getting your dad's titles in print again, have you looked into the publish-on-demand options online?
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