The first (and last?) aggregation
Okay, here is the idea: A book publishing company run through the Milo Minderbinder LLP.
First Thoughts in No Particular Order
We would need to know a minimum print run--my fantasy said that there may be newer (start-up?) printing companies that could run off X copies of a particular book, where X starts in the low hundreds rather than in the low thousands.
We would need a company--the same fantasy involved northern forests (for sustainability and 'clean as' practices)...a printing company, I mean, who would join forces with Milo Minderbender LLP (Internet Sales are "quite good", I'm told, and I have an artist ready to design a cover....! "That's me!" she says...)
(..."I'm only nine though!" "That shouldn't be a problem.")
Milo Minderbinder Memorial LLP is not ageist!
...cough cough! (This is all to hide my evil plan from lazy eyeballs--eye! EYE!)
Okay, so here's the idea
To create books from ET content. The titles were leaping at me last night like red pandas.
An Energy Policy in a Time of Peak Oil
Lebanon Redux & Lebanon Redux 2 (sold as one volume)
Ach...I was...they were...well, maybe after all red pandas can't leap...
Or maybe they're just....takin' it easy (the book titles, I mean, there's no rush.)
So...Tell Us The Evil Plan
Okay. Are you sure no one's listening in?
The plan is to publish the above (and other) books as follows:
Cost of physical production of book (softback, 40-60,000 words to start, slim volumes easily stored--I was thinking of DeAnander's boat, slim volumes for easy storage--maybe heavyweight tomes could run up to 120,000) -- ?X? [This cost is problemo uno, I believe Senor Triloqvist might be able to get hold of a number of two for this--though I could be wrong]
ET LLP running/maintenance costs (physical) of eurotrib.com -- 4-6% of cover price
ET LLP salaries -- 4-6% of cover price (salaries, in the first instance I'm thinking of Colman and someone and Fran...I hope that's claer)
Writer's (Writers') Cut -- 4-6%
Everything else I've forgotten
Here's the Deal
When a person buys a book, not only do they get a book--they get an extra two copies for free!
Therefore the cover price of one book will have to incorporate the above costs x 3.
Why Three Books?
At first I wanted ten, but I decided the economics might be impossible--I don't know how much it costs to print a book, but here's the idea:
You buy a book and get (X number of) other books for free. These other copies (of the same book or--once the number of books rises--any of the books) can be given away (to libraries, as presents, left in parks...owner's discretion)...or....they can be sold on...for the cover price.
(I'm thinking--as an artistic design--that the price could be quoted in various currencies down the right hand edge of the cover, like a stripe of names and numbers, with all prices being equivalent (to 4-6%) and ...okay...prices to rise by 4-6% a year, once a year (I'm avoiding "unforeseen costs" as I'd like 'em all to be foreseen and written into the various LLP agreements--make Milo happy!--))
So, you buy one, get two free. Sales can be (evil glint) direct from new (start up?) printing company or printing company off-shoot. Orders (internet, mail, turn up with cash?) can be placed direct, books printed (in print runs of X-hundred, where I imagine a minimum X might be 200) and sent out, transactions logged (does MMM LLP need a database and who can build such a thing?)...
Cough cough COUGH!
The relationship between eurotrib.com and Milo Minderbinder LLP is as follows:
No words or images will be taken without the explicit consent of the writer/image maker/[others--e.g. video?].
Indeed, the first job is to underwrite everyone's rights (using copyleft) via maybe some text in the ET LLP, which is to be built exclusively to deal with:
and that's it. For the rest, ET is ET.
An example. Let us say that I (fiendishly, rubbing my hands thinking of loot) propose to DoDo that I would like to publish...his history of The Hungarian Revolution...I'll edit (maybe add a bit of extraneous commentary if necessary--and only with DoDo's permission--the writer(s) get(s) veto, always--
And DoDo says, "No, thanks."
End of project.
But, aha! I have another idea for a book. This book will be titled: "LQD"
it will consist of LQDs, with emphasis on the comments...I'll need to ask the permission of any commenter who I'd like to add...hmmm...
"I am thinking of using a thread that contains (starts with) (a) comment(s) by you. Is that acceptable to you, and if it is would you prefer to participate in all editorial decisions, would you prefer to have a series of (or a single final) veto(es)--cough!--or are you happy for me to continue, knowing that as a co-writer you are entitled to your cut of the 4-6% of every sale that goes to writer(s)--"
[Side issue about how writers can get their 4-6% of "follow on" sales (the free books)--an enlightened policy comes to mind but I can't express it in words just yet. And, I think "of course" a free .pdf (or equivalent) of every book to be available for download ("save the whales, save the trees, save the bees!")...]
I imagine a sub-clause where individuals are allowed to make a minimum profit (100) before...investors...
...because yes, I can see a role for investors. The European Train Enthusiasts (international club) would be very interested in investing (and promoting) the series of books (yes!) about rail that could be produced from the ET archive (with pictures!)--how many permissions would that involve? As many as necessary!
And what would the investors get--and what would they invest? They'd invest the money for the initial print run, and for that they might get-hmmm....4-6% of the writer(s) profits, once the writer has pocketed (100? 1000?) cash-money...
Tell me if I have the following wrong:
The yearly rise in value of gold is @4%
"Tithing" (or socially responsible equivalent) runs at 10%
So--individual credit (linked to gold) 4-6%
Social credit - 4-6%
Adding to 10% as the "social costs" -- the payment to ET LLP would come to 10% of the cover charge.
4-6%--didn't I read here that this was the natural inflation rate, that it creates the fluidity needed in a system where the work I do now won't come to fruitiion for...a season (I grow strawberries) or two seasons, or even a year...there are different time lengths so 4-6% a year "oil" to keep the mechanisms smooth.
Okay, I am hoping that Mssrs Cook, Triloqvist, and Spencer will set up the LLP--certainly with Pirate involvement of some kind, if possible--
That's the Milo Minderbinder Memorial LLP, btw.
Hold on, I've been typing Minderbender, when it should be Minderbinder...
The difference between bending and binding...but there can be no memorial to Minderbender.
Whoah, that's Yossarian...would he join MMM LLP?