I work at a major university in Southern California and got a quote
today for just under $40 from our print shop. They are very good and
take care of all of our printing.
Of course this doesn’t include postage or handling but it’s in the
range. Sound interesting to anyone?
I dread the thought of what I’m getting into here!
But I’m going to order at least one copy for myself.
That 40 bucks is clearly for black and white printing only. I have researched getting it done in color (like the pdf) and the cheapest rate is $.49/pg plus additional cost for binding and trimming. That would cost about $225 for the ref manual in color. Ridiculous!
My option is to print the reference manual on my new Samsung Color Laser Mutifunction unit, with an expected cost of about $.10/pg, bringing it inline with commercial B&W rates. I can always take the resulting ream to Office Depot or Office Max and simply pay a binding fee to make it look pretty!
As to the environmental suggestion earlier about not printing, but downloading to a spare computer (or a second monitor), that may work fine for some, but many of us are using Freeway on the road on laptops.(me= MacBook Pro17) and trying to go back and forth between development screen and ref manual is just too much of a pain… and SLOW!
I am one of those who don’t like trying to learn or reference material via pdf’s while using the base program. I like having a book open in front of me, and I STRONGLY suggest that software publishers should at least have a REASONABLE and AFFORDABLE option for purchasing printed instruction and reference manuals. The lack of available printed manuals is becoming a qualifier in purchase decisions… one that publishers should be more cognizant of.
If the programs were more mainstream, and had significant marketshare, then outside writers and publishers would be climbing all over themselves to write tutorial-type books (a la “For Dummies”, and “The Missing Manual” series for programs like MS Office, Photoshop, Leopard, etc…) Out of the mainstream, publishers should do a better job of supporting their customer’s needs… and that means YOU - Softpress!
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