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Is it possible to print a a chldren's book 4.25 x 5.5 color children's book by yourself?


I noticed that McDonalds is giving small children's books away with their happy meals. Their books are 4.5 x 5.5, but I'm wondering why a person couldn't print a children's book on 8.5 x 11 glossy paper laid out in 4 quarters front and back, with a heavier glossy cover. My original book published by bookbaby cost $6.00/ea for a 6 x 9 (paperback cover) 24 colored pages. With retail stores needing 50% wholesale price, it means if I sell them my book for $7 (making a dollar at the most), they in turn have to sell it for $14 (soft cover!) I'm thinking a "small" book like McD might be an answer.

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Ana Koulouris says

24 months ago
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    Billie Kelpin 24 months ago

    Thanks, Ana. I did have it published with Bookbaby. I signed into CreateSpace last night to see if it would be cheaper. The cost of printing is my biggest obstacle for the second printing since I have few sales. Thanks for your suggestion!

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Robert Loescher (chefmancave) says

24 months ago
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    Billie Kelpin 24 months ago

    Thanks chefmancave, that's an idea. I was thinking about that. I'll check out some of these ideas. Cheers, Billie

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Gene Poschman (gposchman) says

24 months ago
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    Billie Kelpin 24 months ago

    Thanks Gene. I've known about createspace for a while, but keep forgetting to go there! Thanks for suggesting that. I'll buzz over and see if they offer lower prices than I've paid. Cheers, Billie

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Peter Rogers (Radical Rog) says

24 months ago
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    Billie Kelpin 24 months ago

    Radical Rog, Very helpful, especially since you have experience! I should try to figure out the cost per page of printing at home. I have used Microsoft Publisher. I didn't realize a person could get a heat binder! Looking forward to your book!!!!

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