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        *** Postage Rates Rise (Again) June 30

See http://www.usps.gov/news/2002/press/pr02_022.htm for the
future of postage rates.  Priority Mail will have a new one-
pound flat rate of $3.85, often a good choice for mailing books.

Tip: depending on paper grade, a 250 pp 6x9 paperback usually
weighs less than one pound.

To end on a lighter note, we quote Mary Westheimer of BookZone:
"OK, all of you who sell e-Books can quit snickering."


        *** Xlibris Announces Color for POD

Xlibris will soon offer POD books with color inside -- good for
children's books in quantities smaller than 500.

These "Picture Books" will range in length from 24 to 60 pages,
and be available in only two sizes: 8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 8.5".

The per-unit cost of POD is usually higher than offset or PQN,
and color is *always* more expensive than B&W ... so they won't
be cheap ... but for those who have been waiting for a way to
produce ultra-small numbers of books with color interiors,
it's on the way.

For more info call 1-888-795-4274 or send an e-mail message
to picturebooks@xlibris.com and kindly mention that you read
it here at U-Publish.com first.

Poynter & Snow predict that other POD printers will soon jump
on the color bandwagon, increasing the independent publisher's
options and lowering prices.  Stay tuned for future bulletins!


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        *** BookSurge to Publish "FreeBook"

BookSurge will publish "Steal this e-Book!" by co-author Dan
Snow in mid-2002, with contributions by Richard Eoin Nash,
Dan Poynter, Wade Roush and Glenn Sanders.  This collection of
letters and articles about electronic publishing and electronic
rights will be released as an e-Book and a paperback.  The new
e-Book will be FREE; paperbacks are priced at $12.99.  A retro-
spective look at the evolution of e-Books from ancient times
(1999) to the present, "Steal this e-Book!" is expected out
any day now.  For more information, visit:



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        *** Public Appearances for 2002

May is trade show season, with PMA and BEA kicking off in NYC.

Dan Poynter is criss-crossing North America to spread the word
about e-Books, treeBooks, digital printing and The New Book
Publishing Model.  But he will be on the ground in NYC long
enough to speak at several events at PMA and BEA.  FMI:

"The Other Dan" (Snow) will speak on the panel titled
"How POD Can Fatten Your Bottom Line" at PMA University
on May 2:

        e-mail: rick@pma-online.org

Snow will also cover BookExpo America 2002 for BookTech
Magazine: http://www.booktechmag.com

BEA will be in New York at the Jacob Javitts Center
from May 3-5, 2002: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com

If you plan to attend BEA, visit BookZone for a chance to
win free tickets to "The Producers," the hottest show on


And below are some useful trade show tips from BookZone,
written by industry experts ...

Trade Show Tips, by Jan Nathan:

Attract and Keep Your Hottest Prospects at Your Trade Show
Booth, by Kare Anderson:

Working Together at Trade Shows by Shel Horowitz:


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        *** Quotation of the Month:

"I have not failed 10,000 times.
I have successfully found 10,000 ways that do not work."

-- Albert Einstein


        *** Third Edition Goes to Press

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