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Q: Do you offer discounts?
A: Yes. A $2.50 per item discount begins with the second copy of each item per order. If you add items to be shipped to a different address, the applicable discounts carry forward.
Q: How can you make this book available at a price competitive with big-league publishers?
A: There are a few reasons for this. First, there is a lot of information in this book, even for a book of its size. We knew that careful attention was necessary to keep page count (= printing costs) down, so we did the layout of the book ourselves. Second, we spent much time shopping for a company that offered a good book at a good price. And finally, we didn't undertake this project with the intent of making a lot of money from it.
Q: Is there a hardcover edition of the book?
A: No. We researched this thoroughly but found no options that would allow us to sell at what we considered an affordable price.
Q: Why don't you accept payment online?
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Q: Do you sell wholesale?
A: No. As is evident to anyone who has ever produced a book, even just a simple all-text book, uncomplicated by music scores or images, we're cutting it as close as we can. As it is, virtually everyone who sees the book is surprised that it doesn't cost more, and it's very satisfying to us that we're able to make it available at an affordable cost. If we handed the book over to distribution circuits, it would be necessary to elevate the retail price. So, despite that it would be a lot less effort for us, we don't wish to do that. As for the CD set, our retail price is already at the wholesale per-disc rate, even without considering the custom 3-disc jewel case.
Q: What are your ultimate goals for this project?
A: One would be going to a music gathering somewhere in rural downstate Illinois and finding that this music has made it back home. For another, the performers represented in the book and CD set were not just "sources" to us. The ones of them we knew were our friends, and we're confident that the ones we didn't know would have been. So another major goal is that they and their music be remembered rather than forgotten.