Sooner or later I’m going to receive the final versions of the translations that I have commissioned of Eusebius Quaestiones and Origen’s Homilies on Ezekiel. I want to sell some copies of these to libraries. Firstly, that will get them into the hands of the academic constituency, who still turn their noses up at online resources. Secondly it will give them a better chance of survival; websites can be ephemeral. And thirdly, it should help recoup some of the costs — not a small issue, since I looked today at the total bill and it is not small.
I’ve never published a thing, so it’s all a bit new to me. What I want is to use print-on-demand if possible, but not produce anything rubbish; the libraries will not want to buy rubbish, and all the purchasers will be able to evaluate, really, is the quality of book making.
So probably it should be hardback, a sewn binding, on good quality paper. That says I ought to use traditional publishing, if I could find it. But I don’t really want 50 or 100 copies on my floor, which points to print-on-demand and sites like Lulu.com and blurb.com. Trouble is, the books these produce are not conspicuous for quality.
I certainly need to get it typeset, or look unbearably amateurish. I don’t know anything about typesetting, or how one does this or gets it done.
Does anyone have any ideas? Say it’s 100 pages, about the size of A5, a Loeb, or a Sources Chretiennes edition?