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NewsForge: Open Source Cracks Publishing Wide Open

Jun 19, 2004, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary E. Tyler)

"Once upon a time, publishing was the domain of large corporations. Then came desktop publishing and the tools to produce a book shrank from the cost of an aircraft carrier to the price tag of a PT boat. Now, small publishers on the bleeding edge of technology are fomenting a revolution that may change the publishing market forever. Open source publishing tools, long derided as not being ready for battle, are proving themselves in the trenches of small publishing.

"If you walked into a production lab of just about any small- to medium-sized publisher, you'd find pretty much the same tools: Photoshop for raster graphics; Illustrator, Freehand, and Corel Draw for vector graphics; InDesign and Xpress for page layout; and Acrobat for creating camera-ready output. Together these programs cost well over a thousand dollars, and any publisher who wants to play has to pony up. The book buyer pays at the point of sale..."

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