An advance copy of my new San Francisco travel book has been air shipped to me from Malaysia, and I am impressed with the quality of the color printing. Countryman Press printed my parallel new book, about Washington DC, in China, with equally good results. How these countries can produce such books so economically is a marvel to contemplate.
These Asian suppliers have captured the worldwide market for quality color printing at a favorable price. The two books will retail for $14.95. So I presume that Countryman Press/Norton paid between $2 and $3 per book in their print quantity of 4,000 units.