I working on a book, and plan to continue to make the pdf available. I thought it would be great if people could buy hard copies, and approached publishers (not really interested in the hassle of self-publishing). Obviously publishers have to make money, and they are only interested if I don’t make the pdf available.
Springer publish open access books, but the authors have to pay the publishing costs. One of the editors shared the sales volume of one such book, it was pitiful. He told me that fewer and fewer people were buying hard-copy books; I knew that students rarely buy books, but I am aiming for professional developers.
In my case, the book contains lots of color, which would make local printing expensive; so buying from the publisher would be more cost effective (unless it was the printer at work).
I’m typing this surrounded by paper books. Is that just me stuck in the past, and should I stop being interested in a paper version? What do Lobste.rs’ think?