"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
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