The last month has been memorable for a number of reasons; most of all, my work on a series of journal articles on data analysis using a free software.
I would have liked to provide a step-by-step tutorial for each function, but page restrictions inevitably forced me to exclude much content.
The completed articles (4 out of 5 proposed) have been submitted to a journal that adheres to a creative commons licence similar to that of this blog.
During the course of this massive undertaking (countless hours spent researching, refining, creating and editing content; nearly 75 pages of material at last count [for 4 articles]), I felt the need to continue the undertaking to its logical conclusion- a book.
In keeping with my general philosophy, and that of the journal itself, I wish to offer the proposed book as an open access text.
However, initial research indicates that open access publishing does not come cheap. Authors are charged about Rs. 200/ per page for such publications (I am looking at 100-200 pages here).
Therein lies my problem: how do I professionally publish the content as a book without the accompanying prohibitive (for me) costs?
I do understand that I can create a PDF on my own and host it here.
However, I fear that it may not be well received. I suspect that people are much more demanding nowadays, and expect a certain standard of ‘finish’.
My questions to you are:
1. Should I seek professional publication, or is it enough to provide a ‘home-made’ version?
2. Would you rather have the tutorials hosted on this site instead of book form?
3. What do you suggest?