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Pulled out a U2 Tribute album I've had kicking around for a while to give it another listen. It has some good bands on it (Mission, Die Krupps, Rosetta Stone, Dead or Alive, Razed in Black, Electric Hellfire Club, etc) but also a really unlikely collaboration.

Front Line Assembly with Tiffany covering New Year's Day.

Tiffany? Yep, the same Tiffany who sang 'I Think We're Alone Now' back in the 80's.

Strange.

On the 'oh my god, I've done it now' front - I've just signed up and brought my first batch of PDF's from RPGNow. I've been a bit anti RPG downloads largely because every download someone buys is one less book I can sell them through the store. But there is just so much stuff avaiable now that will never see the light of printed day - which is a shame because some of it certainly deserves to. It also works as a good testing ground for new ideas/writers.

Anyway I've got my first few products paid for and awaiting download. Shit.

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
RPGNOW
Buy my stuff then biznatch :)

G
angusabranson
Mar. 27th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: RPGNOW
Hi Grim,

I've already got the bits of yours I'm mainly interested in and want some of your forthcoming ideas to actually make it into proper printed format!

We need to arrange another get together actually.
evildrganymede
Mar. 27th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
PDFs are probably a heck of a lot cheaper to produce than books though. Only problem is that you need a lot of bandwidth for the older scanned products (e.g. the old D&D books).
angusabranson
Mar. 27th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
PDFs are certainly cheaper to produce because you don't have to worry about print and transportation costs. On the reverse side of the coin though PDFs take (or should take) about the same time to write, illustrate, playtest, edit and layout as their printed brethren and sell about a tenth of the amount.

I'm not entirely sure they are a cost effective way of publishing. Not at this stage of the game anyway, but I think the PDF industry will grow. There are enough quality PDF products coming out that will help support it but I would be worried about the amount of junk available.

Overall I think you still make more money out of printed books even when you take into account distributor/retailer discounts and any agency fees you may pay.

It's an area I'm going to have to explore sooner or later. I need to get hold of some hard figures but in this industry that isn't easy when most companies keep sales figures very close to their chests.
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