When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is print-on-demand.
So why haven't we heard a peep about iBooks Author (iBA) print-on-demand? Wouldn't it be nearly as easy to produce an iBA project as a photo one? So what's the hold up?
We think that iBooks Author offers a perfect opportunity for Apple to extend its already excellent POD services to a new group of customers. They could easily extend their current meant-for-iBooks templates to a variety of more printer-friendly options.
Sure they'd have to change the pricing model, add more pages, allow black & white printing, and implement other changes that reflected the difference between heirloom photo collections and a standard print book. We get that, along with the big set-up overhead that would be involved. But think of how awesome it might be.
So why have we heard not a whispered rumor? Is this a no-go area for Apple?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.
|No. They don't want to tick off their traditional iBooks publishing partners.||16 (6.6%)|
|No. It would require them setting up or buying into too big an infrastructure to make it worth their while.||37 (15.4%)|
|No. It's all about the iPad. Apple doesn't want to cannibalize their own product.||104 (43.2%)|
|Maybe, but there would be tight limits on page counts, art, print rights, and so forth.||17 (7.1%)|
|Sure! And you know the results would be super-high quality.||54 (22.4%)|
|Forget about Print-on-Demand, I want to read Objective-C Fan Fiction.||8 (3.3%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||5 (2.1%)|