Digital publishing is the new way to create high-quality books at economical prices. These advantages are realized through the use of
Compared to old publishing methods, digital publishing is more efficient, in part, because it shortens the production path: digital publishing does not require special typesetters, photographic film or plates. Further, the labor in setting-up printing equipment is reduced, allowing economical print-runs of from 20 to 4000 copies. Below is a simplified sketch of the process, from author to bound book.
The economics and small-scale of digital publishing are particularly well-suited to academia. It allows print runs of just a few dozen copies, so we can print a new edition of a text every year. This is attractive for