Publishing a CD/DVD-ROM
Publications on a CD-ROM or DVD can be enclosed as a supplement to a book publication in a stuck-in paper sleeve. The production costs are only slightly higher than those of a simple soft or hard cover edition. What's more, we can of course offer CD-ROM or DVD publications completely independent of any book publication. The maximum amount of data for a CD ROM is 700 MB and 4.5 GB for a DVD. The publication is optionally available with or without an ISBN. The data carriers receive an individual label and can be packaged in either a paper sleeve, QuickFlip or jewel case.
An overview you can find here.
Our publication concept is based on the latest technology and allows us to produce books at low cost and guarantee long-term availability. The progressive specialisation in all fields of science necessitates publishing for even small groups of readers (special interest) and an update of content at increasingly shorter intervals. Our publication concept is based upon and has been optimised for just this scenario. We hereby offer and allow our authors and editors:
In connection with the acceptance of the publication into our publishing program, we also conclude an author-publisher contract with the author .
The main features of the author-publisher contract are:
Following conclusion of the author-publisher contract the ISBN will be issued, the publication registered with the Deutsche Bibliothek and the title added to the Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VLB) (list of books available). Its distribution will then begin in the retail and Internet book trade, libraries, research, business and industry.
There are basically three different configuration options:
Firstly a paper sleeve with window and glue dot. This option is suitable if you wish to include a CD-ROM / DVD with a book.
A further option is the QuickFlip. This is a standard CD box in a slim, space-saving format. The CD is held in special guide rails and can be removed with a simple lever mechanism.
The JewelCase is a more complex option. It includes a sturdy plastic case, an inlay (normally with a brief description of the content of the data carrier) and an extra booklet.
The data carriers themselves can be printed in colour whatever option you choose.
You can use your personal account You can use your personal account to submit your publication and to communicate quickly and easily with the pertinent editorial staff. Please use the following input fields if you want to make a non-committal inquiry about a publication beforehand.
We will make an individual offer for author's copies based on our most favourable terms at the time. The costs are normally based on the total number of pages, the configuration (format, paperback/hardcover, multicolour cover) and the quantity ordered.
Tell us the most important facts about your publication. Complete this form so that we can then send you more detailed information.
Creating a master
autorun files can be compiled when creating a master. These allow the automatic start of an index.html file, for example.
You should in general select a clear-cut directory structure to present users with a clearly arranged start file from which he or she can then call up all of the other data.
The maximum amount of data for a CD ROM is 700 MB or 4.5 GB for a DVD.
Die mit einem * gekennzeichneten Felder sind Pflichtfelder! Bitte füllen Sie diese unbedingt vollständig aus.
|Universität / Institution (1):|
|Universität / Institution (2):|
|Land, PLZ, Stadt*:|
|Benutzername*:||Ich stimme den Nutzungsbedingungen zu|
We have provided some standard contracts as PDF files here for your information:
Notes on preparing a manuscript: Download
Leaflet on designing the layout of book covers as PDF version: Download
Form for your interested audience to market and distribute your book: Download
Instructions for craeting eBooks in an epub format: Download
The freeware program Ghost View, for example, can be used to check PostScript files on screen. Please pay attention to the installation instructions as these can be a little tricky.
The PostScript driver can be downloaded directly from Adobe:
|Download||Printer driver download main page|
|Download||PPD data for your PostScript printer|
|Download||English homepage for printer drivers
(includes detailed information about the available PPD files)
You should use the following PPD file to configure the driver: xrxdtnsp.ppd (39 KB). ). This file contains all important settings for configuring your PostScript file.
Notes: Installation instructions from Adobe (English)
Adobe Acrobat Reader for a variety of languages and operating systems can be found at Adobe.
Creating file copies
Modern printing methods allow us to accept manuscripts on data carriers as printing copies. Digital manuscripts have some decisive advantages over paper copies with respect to the quality of the finished book. Images and graphics in particular can be reproduced almost perfectly if using digital copies.
The PostScript format has established itself as a standard in the printing industry. We have also decided to adopt this format since it is supported by the majority of word processing, graphic and page typesetting programs. The widespread use of Windows with its application-independent driver technology ensures an uncomplicated handling of the PostScript format. Nor do UNIX users have any problems with PostScript thanks to various add-on programs.
Since we have certain requirements as regards the PostScript format we would like to give you some tips on how to set up and use the PostScript driver in the following.
Before you can create a PostScript file you first have to install the corresponding printer driver. Select the “Printer” option from the general settings. Then select either “Add printer” or “New printer” depending on the program and follow the instructions of the installation assistant. Click “Local printer” (not the Plug & Play option). Now select the printer connection (FILE: output to file). You should now select the HP LaserJet 8150 Series PS or alternatively the HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS from the printer list that is shown. Then follow the assistant's instructions up to the “Finish” options and leave all the default settings as they are.
To avoid any subsequent shift of the text you should select the corresponding PostScript printer driver before starting any final formatting work.
To create a PostScript file select the previously installed printer from the printer menu and click the “Print to file” field. Click the “Properties” option to open the next menu field. Set the paper size to DIN A4 irrespective of the final format and select 600 dpi from the “Print quality” option. The scale should be changed according to the final format:
Format DIN A4 = 100%
Format B5 (17 x 24 cm) = 80%
Format DIN A5 = 70%
Finally select “Load to printer as soft font” in the TrueType font option. You can leave the remaining settings as they are. Then confirm your settings with OK and specify the storage location and file name.
LATEX creates a special, device-independent format. This can be converted to the PostScript format using the program DVIPS or DVIPSK.
Please check the program's help file. Set the resolution to 600 dpi with the parameter -D600. You should use the -mode docutech and -Ppdf parameters if possible and pay attention to the corresponding parameters for scaling.
Possible parameters for the scale are:
Format B5 (17 x 24 cm) -x800
Format DIN A5 -x700
You can send the same PostScript file to several printers and you will always get the best quality without anything changing on the printed page.
Depending on the program you are using the file will end with either .prn or .ps. Please note that we cannot make any amendments or corrections to the PostScript file. We therefore recommend that you check the format (page breaks, etc.) after you have created the PostScript file(s) using the GhostView program. You will find a link to download this program at the downloadcentre.
If you want to create a PDF file you will need the Acrobat Professional program or a comparable freeware program such as FreePDF or PDFCreator.
If you are using Acrobat Professional, select the Adobe PDF printer from the printer menu of your word processing program to create a PDF file. Click the “Properties” option to open the next menu field. Select the standard setting “Press Quality” or “High quality print”. Select “None” as an option under Adobe PDF safety. Set the paper size to DIN A4 irrespective of the final format and select 600 dpi in the “Print quality” option. The scale should be changed according to the final format:
Format DIN A4 = 100%
Format B5 (17 x 24 cm) = 80%
Format DIN A5 = 70%
Finally select “Load to printer as soft font” in the TrueType font option. You can leave the remaining settings as they are. Then confirm your settings with OK and specify the storage location and file name. A PDF file will then be created.
If using a different PDF program, make sure that you embed all fonts and set a high print quality.
Please note that we cannot make any amendments or corrections to the PDF file. You should thus check the format again after the PDF file has been created.
The most popular size for our reference books is DIN A5. This means that the pages have to be scaled down since the majority of manuscripts are created in a DIN A4 size in word processing programs.
This is not a problem if the manuscript is submitted as a paper copy. But subsequent scaling of a PostScript file using a post-processing program is always very susceptible to faults. The ideal solution is thus to scale the PostScript data directly during printing.
Scaling options are provided by the majority of PostScript printer drivers. (e.g: Windows driver: Scale 70% and under UNIX with DVIPS: -x700).
The scaling value of 70% is the result of a reduction from DIN A4 (297mm x 210mm) to DIN A5 (210mm x 148.5mm).
The page should still have the paper size DIN A4 (this does not have to be changed to DIN A5!). The scaled page can also be positioned anywhere on the (printed) page so that you do not have to worry about bothersome shift settings.
You can send us files of up to 10 MB per e-mail. If you wish to send larger amounts of data we recommend saving the file on your own homepage with download link or sending us the file on a CD/DVD.
This page contains the Ghost View program that lets you view PostScript files. You first have to install a version of Ghostscript and then a version of Ghostview.
Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact our Technical Support.
VG Wort remuneration
The Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (VG WORT) was founded in 1958 as an association vested with legal capacity and holds the copyrights of authors and publishers in trust as a nonprofit organisation. The Verwertungsgesellschaft Wissenschaft has been organised as a separate department within the VG Wort since 1978.
Due to the increasing mechanisation of our society, duplications and other secondary uses of works are becoming easier and more frequent. They have now become unmanageable for authors and publishers. VG WORT collects charges for many of these uses which it then distributes as a dividend once a year according to a special allocation formula. The scope and modalities of this work is being constantly revised and adapted to the changing circumstances.
The revenues of VG WORT from exercising copyrights amounted to € 117.89 million in 2008.
The most important sources of income are:
- library royalties and income from magazine subscription services for lending out works
- device and tape fees for the public broadcasting of radio and TV programs and the possibility of private recordings
- copier fees and copier operator fees for the manufacture, import and operation of copiers
- press review remuneration for reprinting articles, etc. in press reviews
The number of recipients is growing steadily and in 2009 totalled 148.775, 143.132 of which were authors and 5.643 publishers.
Holders of copyrights and rights of use and utilisation to literary works or presentations of an academic or technical nature can transfer the exercise of their rights to VG WORT and will then participate in the dividend payout. This is carried out through the conclusion of a rights administration agreement.
The rights owners are classified in the following groups:
- authors and translators of fiction and dramatic literature
- journalists, authors and translators of non-fiction
- authors and translators of academic and technical literature
- publishers of works of fiction and non-fiction
- stage publishers
- publishers of academic works and technical literature
In the academic department department dividend payouts can be made without concluding a rights administration agreement solely on the basis of the registration of titles titles of academic technical literature and non-fiction in books and trade magazines by the rights owners.
The main dividend payout in 2009 for 2008 was carried out in June 2009.
The average dividend per author in 2008 was around 400 euros.
A total of 54.5 million euros were paid out.
As an author you should use the opportunities that exist to exercise your copyrights and to profit financially from the various uses of your work. For many authors the remuneration from VG WORT has now become a firm part of their income. When deciding to cooperate with a publisher you should therefore take the following advantages of a publishing house publication into account:
- cooperation and mutual endorsement of the work of the author and publisher
- the possibility of benefiting from the work of VG WORT as a copyright holder and therefore of making the most financially of your work
The VG Wort website at www.vgwort.de has more than 100 pages of information about itself and its work.
As a Shaker Verlag author you will receive an application form for the VG WORT along with your author's copies.
Authors in the academic field have also been able to register online since 1 November 2003.
The main annual dividend payout is held at the end of June each year.
Books must be registered with the VG WORT at the latest by 31st January of the year following the year of publication.
Please register your works in due time! At best, directly after their publication.
The Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (VG WORT) is an association vested with legal capacity and holds the copyrights of authors and publishers in trust as a nonprofit organisation.
Google has illicitly digitised protected works in the USA and placed these at the disposal of the public on the Google homepage. This also relates to German and English publications by German publishers that are available in libraries in the USA, for example. But Google did not obtain any rights from the rights owners, in other word the publishers and authors. In this connection the VG Wort has written to all authors who have registered their titles with them and has offered to represent their interests against Google.
If the authors agree to this they have to complete the form authorising VG Wort to defend their rights against Google. A settlement is currently being worked out in the USA and those authors whose works have been digitised by Google should then receive a compensatory payment of around $ 60.
We recommend our authors to authorise VG Wort to represent their interests. No costs whatsoever will be entailed by the authors. The rights can also be transferred online on the homepage of the VG Wort (https://tom.vgwort.de/GoogleSettlement/portal).
Please log in with your e-mail address and password: