Project: creating a virtual publishing house
I am in the process of creating a virtual publishing house for technical and science books ( not papers ).
My idea would the be the following: creating a complete software , ideally made in java ( jsps + app server + database + backend ) allowing the production of a book from scratch to publication.
I would connect at the end the pdf to the lulu backend system ( http://www.lulu.com ) so that lulu would care about the manufacturing of the book, the ISBN registration and the diffusion of the books in the shops. Lulu have a complete API and have already automated the production level andhonestlytheir books are extremely well manufactured. ( so lulu would be the hardware and the virtual publishing house would be the software )
Needless to say that the idea would be to sell the books at affordable production price.
How could the people team up together to produce such books, what sort of budget would be involved and how freelancers could be involved .
I have started to work on a sketch of this project with a personal book I am writing (http://tpfa-answer-book.info/ ) and I created several php scripts with database and used a few collaboration tools together.
The software would allow creating a book project, moving it from different stepsuntilit reaches enough quality to be published.
I would be interested to know the comments about this project, if people thinks it would be valuable, etc...
I have a few experience dealing with some 'reputable' publishers and I came to the conclusion that they are just now using their image to sell 'prestige' and 'reputation' without caring about the interest of a given book or even about the quality of what's inside. I met a few 'madoff' inside these companies and I have the feeling that there will be more and more.
Obviously he who controls publishing of science, somewhat controls science so Springer-verlag SBM and pearson and a few others ( and there not many ) just controls science bycontrollingpublication of science.
Would this open virtual publishing system would be a good alternative?
With best regards,
updated by @martin-rupp: 21/06/17 01:16:09PM