Lots of thing on my mind today which I need to share with you. But first, for starters, the good news:
I have made my book “The Essential Saker: from the trenches of the emerging multipolar world” now available for unlimited free download! Not only that, but I am releasing it under the Creative Common License BY-NC-ND which means that you are allowed (encouraged even!) to copy and redistribute the books in any medium or format!
You can grab a copy of the book (in various formats) right here: https://archive.org/details/TheEssentialSaker
I hope that many more of you will enjoy this book!
Which brings me to the next item on my agenda: my second book. It’s full title will be “The Essential Saker II – Civilizational Choices and Geopolitics: The Russian challenge to the Hegemony of the AngloZionist Empire“.
The book is pretty much ready. But this time a long list of problems with the first book made me go another route about publishing it. My only dilemma is that I have pay upfront for all the costs which, for 1000 copies ordered (that is the optimal amount) look to be in the range of $8000-$9000.
So here is my question to you:
Assuming a paper version of 19 dollars and an ebook version of 7 dollars (this is not set in stone, but this is our best guesstimate), which one would you be interested in purchasing? Please reply by clicking on the poll here:
Depending on your answers we might have to release the book in ebook version only. I think that this would be a crying shame, but I simply cannot afford to pay the printing and shipping costs (the book would be printed in Malaysia) upfront and out of pocket.
One option would be to find a sponsor willing to pay for our upfront costs. If you are interesting in exploring this option, please email my assistant A
So, dear community, we decided to turn to you to see what you have you to say.
Hugs and cheers to all,
You have omitted the link to the poll in the above.
Also, has the Saker tried Dmitri Orlov who is running his own publishing outfit now? I don’t know if it would suit or be anymore useful but he is worth a try:
what link to the poll?
you don’t need that to vote
I wou ld like to keep up with Orlov.
Occasionally he writes interesting things (occasionally also really uninteresting things)
But, I do not understand Orlov’s Patreon page.
Or maybe it is the Patreon thing that I don’t understand.
Is the one dollar just for one Orlov post?
Or is it one dollar per month for all Orlov writings?
One US dollar per month for all of Orlov’s writings. Best deal I have bought into!
Apologies, The anon above is me, one minion.
Why don’t you use lulu.com? It is very easy to use, the papers books are of very good quality, you can choose youself everything, and you don’t need to pays anything in advance, you don’t even care about the shipping… everything is very easy. I have already use it. Have a closer look on it if you don’t know yet.
Thanks so much for your generosity. I will be sending you $100 cash by snail mail soon to help the cause. I definitely prefer paperback; I’m old school. Thanks also for the link to Orlov, Anonymous. I used to read him faithfully but have been blocked since he started his Patreon wall. I hate these kind of forced donations. As I said: I’m old school–and some say an old fool to. Whatever. You have given me a way to read him with liberty; as I believe Saker does with a link to him somewhere or other. Give me liberty and life!
Dennis Leary, Orlov displays just the first paragraph or so, and then if you click to ‘read more’, it is behind pay wall.
That’s what I discovered. I get a teaser to induce me to pay. Same ol’ sos.
I’m totally with you Dennis. I too am old school and read Orlov regularly until the Patreon pay wall happened. I finally subscribed for an article I couldn’t miss but after I got it I canceled Patreon with the reason I shared with them, “I’m at an age where my demise could happen at any instant. I don’t want to leave a reoccurring monthly debt to my survivors on my credit card that if wasn’t noticed could start adding up with the interests on the unpaid monthly account.” I’m sure there are ways to circumvent this happening but at my stage of life I value simplicity and not having to figure out all the loopholes.
Incidentally, I got to read all the past posts from Orlov once I subscribed to Patreon.
I like the idea however, that maybe the Saker could arrange with Orlov for publication. I hope Orlov would be receptive to the idea.
“I’m sure there are ways to circumvent this”…”Visa Gift Card of $100.00?”
Sorry to throw a wrench in it but I consume books on audio form. There are companies who make books into audio form for you. And you can narrate the books yourself if you want .
I’d suggest that you do. Your voice is very conducive to audio.
we are also planning an audiobook :-)
this will take more time though
Lol. That word binds me to you, for better or worse, AngloZionist.
Courageous title. Good to see.
Thank you Saker. Living on a fixed income, your generosity is a boon to this old man! Bless you
ebooks are for plebs. My library is patrician-tier and I intend to keep it that way. [adjusts monocle] #nosarcasm
This pleb carries 50 to 80 books around in the ipad. Glad to be a pleb. The right description for you is a luddite (just a little bit of kidding!)
I prefer to have important books in paper format aka hard copy books.
Having Saker Essential vol.1 in my bookshelf, would really appreciate to have the same possibility with Saker Essential vol. 2.
¡ hola saker !…
MIRA…POR LEJOS EL MEJOR CAMINO,Y TAL VEZ EL MA$ COMPLICADO,ES EL LIBRO DE PAPEL…LO LEES DONDE SE TE OCURRA,Y ADEMAS,SON UN TOPE A LA PANTALLA “QUE TODO LO SABE”…Y DE LA CUAL NO SE PUEDE SALIR NUNCA MAS…Y LAS HAY DE TODOS LOS TAMAÑOS,MEDIDAS, FORMATOS…UNA VERDADERA EPIDEMIA ESCLAVIZADORA,Y ESCLAVIZANTE…UNA DROGA TECNICA INFAME…POR ESO …EL DIA QUE SE APAGUE !… ¡AH SI,EL DIA QUE SE APAGUE TOTAL Y COMPLETA Y ASI IMPLOTANDO GLOBALMENTE…SE FAGOCITE A SI MISMA !..ese dia Saker…yo podre ir a la estanteria de mi casa…y buscar un libro para leer…¡y bien podria ser el tuyo !…¡piensalo amigo…y no te achiques en los gastos,que los desconocidos mecenas apareceran,ya veras que apareceran…!
The Saker said:
” you don’t need that to vote”
in which case I will vote for both. I am informed that an ebook can be finished and uploaded for approx. $100 and that a range of other different formats, such as audio, as already suggested, feed into each other, increasing distribution.
I would normally prefer a paperback book, because I hate reading from a screen, be it my 19″ vertical computer monitor, or my little Kindle paperwhite. But if it is something I expect to read only once, I am cheap and get it on Kindle. If I want to read it more than once, paperback. For example, I have M. M. Pickthall’s 1953 translation of the Koran in paperback — now falling apart, and A. Y. Ali’s 2007 translation in hardbound.
Also, if I wish to share it, I would get it in paperback form.
But most of my friends would not read your stuff or Dmtry Orlov’s stuff either. Most of them do not read the MSM either. How they survive on such ignorance escapes me.
Dear Saker: the only votes that count are dollar votes. May I suggest reaching out to your prospective hardcopy buyers with the request to “pre-purchase” their hardcopy book by paying up front? If you get 400-500 prepaid orders, your risk will be covered. Option to pre-purchase by online payment, mail-in USD money orders, through the channel that Orlov uses, others (?).
A book is a book, computer screens come and go. As for audio? I think your stuff is serious, needs careful reading. But then, what do I know (wrong side of sixty and always a bit traditional).
Why dont you self publish? Write in Word, have someone format to Pdf suitable for Lightningsource, then print on demand. I did this for my book, Beyond Mises, Austrian economics for non economists.
The whole thing cost me about $500… And I can get a box of twenty or forty shipped to me at any time, this is called Print on Demand. https://www.ingramcontent.com/publishers/lp/lightning-source
Then you can use the pdf for Kindle, etc….
I think this is what Orlov is doing. Combined with pre-orders, paid upfront, start-up costs would be under $1000.
Shipping can be outsourced, there are centres used by mail order companies and internet marketers that deal exclusively with packing and shipping which would take care of the extra time and work involved in a DIY operation.
I for one need a paper book to read for the long haul. Need to hold it, underline, etc.
But, what about formatting a file so that paper book readers can download chapter by chapter and print out themselves? Like any pdf?
Recently Gary Null on progressive radio network revealed that computer screens release a blue light
that damages the eye. That certainly influences me to choose paper over E-book.
What about that LED lamps we must have using these days to read in paper text ?
(the tungsten filament ligthbulbs was sidelined in my country Brazil.)
I’m not affirming that, only curious…
Ebooks are the way to go.
I suggest a PDF version, and an Epub3 version (which allows audio).
LibreOffice WP has a module that produces Latex and Html; quality typesetting through Latex and HTML is the basis for Epub3.
Best of luck.
Prefer the E-book because I used to read a book a day and my eyes just can’t do that anymore. BUT I can read E-books easily.
I pretty much only read E-Books now. However I still get pleasure from having books on my shelves/holding them in my hands. Eg I have actually barely opened my copy of the Essential Saker – but I enjoy having it (I read the Kindle version). I clicked on paper version above because I want the Essential Saker II on my shelves. I would be happy to pay upfront for my copy if that would help to finance the printing.
I prefer e-books, the better ones I collect usually end up being printed which I can do at a library for peanuts, then I can have A4 size pages in big print, and cover them to my own desires. I’ll definitely print yours, and when things get better I’ll donate back to you, too. I can leave the printed copies in library reading rooms and other reading public spaces.
I voted for the paper format but many might want the E-book also .Is there any reason why both could not be offered /
Thank you Saker – for your daily postings that I always look for on waking here in the Asian day (Philippines), your insightful analysis to clarify the confusion that often surrounds topics, and for the free download today. I’d also recommend the pre-paid route for hard-copy books and suggest a premium, signed copy that personally I’d be happy to wait for.
Someone mentioned “Self Publishing”.
Sell before you Make.
Last time I checked was 3-4 years ago, The prices seemed very reasonable.
There may be a number of companies that service this market globally.
I will continue to donate simply to support your efforts.
I am not a fan of e-books. Despite my busy schedule – I teach at a classical Christian school – I read, for better understanding of the created order in which I am privileged to live, four or five books a week, from 100 to 300 pages. My books are my friends; therefore, I do not mark them in the margins or underline; but I mark them in my mind. My printed friends can speak without electricity, without batteries and without being charged. Water can damage them but usually, save in extreme cases, does not destroy them. I do not have to worry about some microwave field erasing them. Their hard drive does not crash.
As to publishers, I recommend that you contact Shotwell Publishing. Shotwell is publishing, when I finish, two books of mine: Fragmented Reflections: Truth or Fiction (working title) and the translation from German to English of the memoirs of a German traveler who got caught up in the War Between the States. Shotwell focuses on books of and about the South; however, at our summer conferences, conferences of the Abbeville Institute, we discuss Russia, the Ukraine, Syria, globalism and the empire. The men who run Shotwell, Dr. Clyde Wilson and Paul Graham, have intimate, scholarly knowledge of the empire in its American idiom. I suggest that you at least contact them to see if what you intend to write and have published fits with their portfolio. Paul Graham is at least aware of you because I have talked to him about your site over the years. Infra is the link to Shotwell.
Thank you for the book!
If you signed the print version I would buy that instead of the ebook and you might be able to charge more.
I highly like this idea.
‘Analog’ books, like paperbacks, are still my favourite. I like to be able to throw a book in my bag and take it anywhere I want, without worrying about batteries running low. I like to smell a book.
Saker, can it be an idea to organize a prepaid version?
In fact, when I order a book (or anything else) online, I have to prepay it too, and the next day (or later) is will get delivered to me. In your case I would accept a delay time of a month or maybe more.
Then at least we take the financial risk off your shoulders.
Finally, I highly value that you offered us ‘The Essential Saker’ as a downloadable version. It will give me many hours pleasure, and I will donate this blog an extra sum for that.
I prefer print on paper version. Even 19 dollar price is reasonable.