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Technology has changed how we do things and this is no truer than with publishing. There ARE traditional publishers out there (though not nearly as utilized as in times of yore) and authors that go that route but the struggling writer now has so many ways to get their work 'out there'; self-publishing, self-publishing with a service such as KDP, 3rd party ...


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Images can be tricky. If you went to a museum and took photographs of a 200 year old painting, you would be completely safe: the copyright on the painting has long since run out. But if you use a picture of that same painting that you found in a book, the photographer who took the photo can say that his photograph is an original composition. I'd have to ...


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Okay, using William Shakespeare as an example is bad. First off, he has been for centuries and this makes it harder to gauge his authenticity as a writer. Who could say William Shakespeare retold "Romeo and Juliet" ? Do you see how bad your example is without an historical account or anecdote? Use something more contemporary cases like Mother of the ...


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We don't. It's a blurred line and a fortune in legal costs on arguing where it lies. Of course there is a classification, but the lines are always blurred. On the "white side" there's alluding - when you make your own characters, but draw specific parallels, exploring what-if's of the other work, mocking its shortcomings, or referencing its most brilliant ...


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Legally, there have probably been millions of words written on the ramifications of this question for the law of every nation that has laws on the subject at all. Historically, Shakespeare didn't just get away with it because he was brilliant but because the laws and customs of Elizabethan England did not have any more than an embryonic concept of ...


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You'd have to give more information for a true apples-to-apples comparison. As @chowzen says, a key factor is how many copies you are printing. To offset print a book requires a certain amount of "setup" work to create the master plates. I've never paid someone to offset print a book, but I've had one-page flyers and the like printed, and the printer has ...


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Having worked in the Print industry for over 20 years, in different shops that print traditionally (offset) and digitially (POD), it usually comes down to quantity if you are asking for an apples to apples cost per book. If you want one book printed, it's much cheaper to send finalized artwork to a printing company and they could process your file for a ...


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You sound like you are concerned with the quality of materials and other elements of a professional, polished presentation. Why not hire a book designer? A book designer can guide you to printers that can produce the kind of books you are looking for. Quantity has a bearing on what materials are available for your book. For instance, if you are printing ...


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Absolutely none, except filling in a US taxation report (this can be done inside the CreateSpace website). It sounds complicated but it isn't the system guides you through



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