Category Archives: Publications

As a professional travel and tourism photographer, it occurred to me some time ago that I would have given anything (within reason, he rushes to add) to have known what I know now – 20 years ago. Oh, I lamented, the time I could have saved, the mistakes I may have avoided and the photographs I might have captured, if only I’d been given the opportunity to learn from the photographer I am today.

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Over the past week, I’ve been exploring the world of publishing-on-demand (producing a book on-line).

I published a book for my son’s 18th birthday through Apple a couple of years ago and I was about to do the same when I discovered a company called Momento (www.momento.com.au) produces books that include “all the bells and whistles” (creative stock choices, embossing, customised covers, special binding and opaque sheetings etc). So, I thought I’d give them a go on a personal project I’ve embarked on to publish a series of fine art photography books on the disappearing traditional cultures of the South Pacific.

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Back in August, I wrote that it wasn’t proving worth my while to invest further energy in producing Apple I-books, and I sought to warn other would-be digital publishers and photographers of the same. I converted two books from my existing library of publications and sat back expecting the cash to roll in but (not so remarkably you might suggest), I’m still doing my own ironing.

Well, there has been a slight change in my position. According to the latest tally, I actually sold 318 digital copies of Impressions of Papua New Guinea last year (I was looking at the wrong data sheet). While this figure is hardly likely to see me buying a Ferrari any time soon, it did occur with absolutely no attention on my part and it does represent at least a glimmer of hope for when the time eventually comes – and I’m certain it will – that digital books are produced and read in cross media platforms and on any device.

In the meantime, here’s a breakdown in sales of the book through the i-book store. Its interesting to see where the buyers have come from….Poland? Who would have thought.

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