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popmuze
02-18-2007, 10:02 PM
Anyone know if the CD-Rom format is still viable?
Is anything being sold in this format?
If I wanted to do POD, but the material in my book was more appropriate as a CD-Rom, where would I go to do CD-ROM On Demand?

benbradley
02-19-2007, 05:27 AM
I'm maybe not sure what you're asking, but why would it NOT be viable? Every computer comes with some sort of drive, a DVD player or writer, that will still read CD's. and most people still have CD players.

If you expect to sell a very small quantity, you can burn CD-R's yourself on your computer if it has a CD/RW drive (whether it's an audio CD or CD-ROM with computer files doesn't matter). There are companies that will burn any quantity of CD-R's you want for about a dollar or less each. If you need several hundred copies, you can have CD's mass-produced (these are The Real Thing, like commercial music and software come on, and they're more durable than CD-R's) for about a dollar each (less at higher quantities).

There are surely businesses that do "CD-ROM on demand"... I think soundclick.com and other music host sites do that sort of thing for music CD's (a customer orders a CD and Soundclick burns a CD-R and mails it).

So let me clear this up: Do you want to make your book available as an "audio book" on CD? This would be called an "audio CD" rather than a CD-ROM, and would play in any CD player*. It seems I heard that the Audio Book on CD format is as popular as ever.

And I can tell by POD you mean print-on-demand, but in this context I keep thinking of Podcasting... (never mind)

* CD-R's might not play in some older CD players, for various technical reasons. If you make mass-produced CD's (a several hundred dollars investment), they WILL play in ALL CD players.

If you really want to do some reading, there's more info than you probably want at http://cdrfaq.org

popmuze
02-19-2007, 06:33 AM
Ben,
Thanks for responding. I recently had a reference book published for which I retained the trade paperback rights. But the feedback I'm getting is that most people would rather look to the internet for this information than buy a book. The other day, someone spoke about buying the electronic rights to my book. I'm not sure if this would include the right to put the information out on a CD-Rom.
I've had CD Roms where you could sort the information many ways and do lots of searches for material within it. Can you do this with an ebook?
Anyway, rather than do a POD of my book, I think it could sell better as a CD-Rom.
If that clear anything up....

dewolverin
02-23-2007, 04:45 PM
Anyone know if the CD-Rom format is still viable?
Is anything being sold in this format?
If I wanted to do POD, but the material in my book was more appropriate as a CD-Rom, where would I go to do CD-ROM On Demand?

Try this sites:
www.swiftcd.com (http://www.swiftcd.com)
www.customfix.com

Lulu offer CD/DVD on demand (http://www.lulu.com)

www.alea.com