|06-27-2009, 05:03 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2008
i was just thinking, how cool would it be to have members of the tank make a book of all the great customs, tutorials, and pics of collections in one giant book? there is such great talent here and so many cool things we have seen collectors do over the last few yrs that would be so cool to have it all in one book, i know there are some graphic artists here and other talented people who could easily put this together over time. and we could all chip in a certain amount of money to make it happen. any suggestions and would you guys be willing to throw down to make it happen?
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|06-28-2009, 01:05 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Instead of contributing anything of substance, since my collection is pale in comparison to some on here, but I'd be the first to buy that book.
|06-28-2009, 01:54 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Queens, NY
Great idea in concept but it would be very hard to make a profit on a book like this because it wouldn't appeal to the masses.
First off I doubt that every Hisstank member would go out and buy a book like this when we are pretty much slaves to the digital age. We all have our eyes glued to screens for most of the day now instead of having our heads in a book. All of the info that this book would hold can be found right here at our fingertips. We can even search for exactly what we want to which would be quicker than trying to look it up in an index of a book and then flipping to that particular page.
As far as other Joe fans go who are not members of this site I highly doubt that they would buy a book like this when any search engine out there can find them what they want.
Now when it comes to books like Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994 by Mark Bellomo, it's a whole other story.
These type of guide books are handy to bring with you to shows and such so that they can help you with your collection on the spot. They appeal to Joe fans everywhere, but I can even see books like this eventually being hurt by digital technology.
One day the internet and products used to view webpages on the go will be so cheap that most people will be able to afford them. Think about how expensive it was at one point to make a simple call on a celluar phone. Now it's so cheap that people are doing away with home phones and using their cell phones at all times instead. Have you needed a pay phone lately? Good luck trying to find one of those because they are pretty much unneccesary now.
I think books will eventually end up the way they did in Fahrenhiet 451.
On the other hand there was a cool book out that was similar to this "customs" idea that you had, only it dealt with tattoos. It was called "The Force In Flesh". I'm not sure how much it cost to make a book like this, or if it was profitable, but I thought it was a cool concept. Once again though I'm sure that all of the pic in that book could be found somewhere online.
The internet has pretty much ruined the need for "picture" books of this kind let alone books of any kind, including magazines and newspapers. There are some newspapers that have been in print for 100 years who are now going strictly to internet publications. They no longer wish apend the money to print their daily information on paper. This helps out their pockets as well as the environment, but it hurts the people who will loose their jobs over this change.
Sorry for rambling on and on there but I'm at work right now and bored as hell.
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|06-28-2009, 02:03 AM||#4|
Join Date: May 2008
these are excellent points, but i wasnt saying for a profit just basically everyone who chipped in would get a copy for themselves like just to have it. i guess since you can find everything here on the tank in some sense it would be pointless but some of this stuff gets burried in the threads and gets forgotten about so basically i thought a book would be so cool to have of just like everything from 07 untill now. there have been some great customs on here and great tutorials, the book could have a index of all the members who made the customs, contests that were won, ext. just kinda like a recap of the tank for the last 2 yrs since the modern line came out. there could be funny quotes about scalpers and so forth, just all sorts of cool stuff. i guess it it easier said then done but i just thought it would be cool to have. almost like getting a year book in high school, kinda just to glance back and be like yeah i remeber that.
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