When Steve Mandel, a management trainer from Santa Cruz, California, wants to show his friends why he stays up late to peer through a telescope, he pulls out a copy of his latest book, “Light in the Sky,” filled with pictures that he has taken of distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
“I consistently get a very big ‘Wow!'” he said. “The printing of my photos was spectacular. I did not really expect them to come out so well.”
Mandel put his book together himself with free software from Blurb.com. The 119-page edition is printed on coated paper, bound with a linen fabric hard cover, and then wrapped with a dust jacket. Anyone who wants one can buy it for $37.95, and Blurb will make a copy.