I have been working on a book of finger-picked arrangements of traditional tunes for the Appalachian mountain dulcimer.
There will be about 30 tunes in both tablature and standard notation. I will also record two versions of each tune; a version exactly as written and an enhanced version demonstrating what can be added to a written arrangement by the player.
I am considering using the following publishing formats and would like to hear your opinions:
- A printed book and an accompanying CD
- PDF files of the book and MP3 recordings of the tunes on a CD (no printed book)
I like the idea of publishing the book using a digital format. PDF files can be read on any computer and can easily be printed for personal use. The recordings and tablature/text will always be together; you won’t have one in your hand while searching for the other!
The cost of manufacturing the CDs will be significantly less expensive than printing a book and far less expensive than a book/CD package. This would mean I could sell the project for a lower price.
A digital publication of the book would also save some trees!
There are two potential drawbacks I see to publishing a dulcimer book digitally:
- Some people might not want to buy a book on a CD as they prefer books
- The tablature, text and recordings would be easier for people to illegally copy and share. Such actions make it difficult for artists to make a living.
So let me know your thoughts!