Obtaining the Print Copy

of

The History of the USSR & The Peoples’ Democracies

 

Saed T.

August 15, 2023

 

The book “The History of the USSR & the Peoples' Democracies” is now available for easy print.

 

Click here to download the full (620 megabytes) copy of the print-friendly version.

 

For creating the print-friendly version, the original-size (25 cm x 30 cm) pages were converted into letter-size (22 cm x 28 cm) pages, which are much easier to print and can flexibly bend to the readers’ needs and conditions, without involving the loss of any information or content in the book. The pages can be:

-        printed at home or by a local publisher.

-        bound by a binder, or undergo thermal binding or sewing.

-        collected into however many reasonable number of volumes desired.

 

What follow are details about the book edition and printing process. You can copy and specify the technical details to the publisher.

 

Contents:

 

     Technical Details about Printing

The print of the Screenshots section

The black-and-white vs. colour pages

 

     Further Advice & Information

Why a single print source (such as Amazon) was not established

Some further advice on cutting costs

The 2nd (July) Edition

Printing the original-size version of the book

 

Technical Details About Printing

 

The print of the Screenshots section

 

The end of the book contains a massive appendix titled ‘Screenshots & Photos of Sources Used’ (short form: Screenshots section), which as the name suggests, contains the photos, screenshots, and links of the sources used in the book. Each page in the Screenshots section of the original-size version has been split into two letter-size pages. Therfore, when ordering a print, ensure that you clarify to the print center that the pages of the Screenshots section should connect the screenshots.

 

As can be seen in the below excample, the screenshots split across two pages have been rejoined during the binding process. On the other hand, having the two pages be printed on flip-sides of the same paper would have prevented the split screenshots from being rejoined during the binding process – ensure that this error does not occur, by clarifying this matter to the publisher.

 

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Ensure that during the print of the Screenshots section, the page # at the footer is also printed, for the location of the page # in the Screenshots section is slightly different than that of the main write-up portion of the book. In particular, the page numbers until page 1146 are in a slightly different location than the page numbers starting from page 1147.

 

The black-and-white vs. colour pages

 

At a minimum, the following pages must be printed in colour or else information will be omitted:

     

         306, 872-873

     

Among the pages in the main text portion, these are recommended to be printed in colour:

 

front-cover page, back-cover page (located at the end of the PDF), 32, 114, 140-1, 209, 213-4, 218-240, 248, 250-1, 261, 421, 438, 446, 454, 461, 469, 522, 646, 723, 753, 775, 1097, 1105,

 

It is bonus, yet not strictly necessary, that the following pages from the ‘Screenshots & Photos of Sources Used’ section would be printed in colour as well. Printing these pages in black-and-white (B&W) would not lead to the omission of any source information, as the Screenshots section contains merely screenshots of the text sources.

 

1153, 1155-7, 1166-74, 1181-91, 1195-7, 1199-1204, 1222-1233, 1236-8, 1247-9, 1254, 1256-8, 1260-1270, 1272-4, 1280-5, 1297-1310, 1312-1326, 1328-1333, 1335-7, 1339-40, 1342-3, 1345-9, 1351, 1353-7, 1366, 1368-9, 1372-80, 1383-90, 1392, 1409-12, 1414-22, 1424-1426, 1428-9, 1432-4, 1436-8, 1440-6, 1448, 1450-1, 1469-70, 1479-1510, 1521-2, 1525-6, 1547-50, 1552-4, 1557, 1590-2, 1615-6, 1644-6, 1648, 1651, 1673-5, 1677, 1686, 1710, 1714, 1718-20, 1722, 1724, 1726-1727, 1731-2, 1734-8, 1740-2, 1744, 1746-9, 1755-6, 1759-64, 1768, 1776, 1779-80, 1790, 1792-1795, 1808, 1813-5, 1817-8, 1820, 1823-6, 1829-34, 1836, 1838-40, 1842, 1845, 1850, 1857, 1860, 1863, 1869-1870, 1874-6, 1884, 1898-1900, 1903-5, 1910-3, 1917-8, 1920, 1922-7, 1930, 1932-6, 1938, 1940-8, 1950-1, 1957-1962, 1971-2, 1974, 1982, 1984, 1986-9, 2005-2011, 2014-5, 2050, 2060-1, 2073-7, 2085-6, 2109-13, 2118-20, 2129-32, 2139, 2146-59, 2167, 2169-2174, 2176-7, 2179-2182, 2188-90, 2192, 2203-6, 2211-6, 2218, 2220, 2222, 2237-8, 2240-1, 2245-9, 2252, 2287-9, 2292, 2294, 2296, 2299-2302, 2305-6, 2310, 2312-5, 2331-2, 2334-5, 2340-8, 2350-6, 2359-74, 2397-8, 2400-7, 2410-6, 2420, 2425-30, 2434, 2436-7, 2459, 2469-70, 2484, 2489, 2524-5, 2540-2, 2544, 2549-52, 2563-5, 2569-72, 2574, 2576-7, 2599, 2614-5, 2626-32, 2639-40, 2642, 2644, 2646, 2648, 2650-1, 2655-8, 2674-7, 2680, 2682, 2687-9, 2692-5, 2723, 2726, 2728, 2731-2, 2742-52, 2755-9, 2768, 2770, 2788-9, 2811-2, 2821-2, 2830-2, 2847, 2867-8, 2870-2, 2879-2882, 2887-2893, 2895-2904, 2912, 2918-9, 2922-3, 2946, 2960, 2969-71, 2975-8, 2987-8, 3018-3026, 3084-3086, 3121, 3145-6, 3163-6, 3178, 3186-92, 3197-9, 3205, 3209, 3211, 3231-2, 3244-5, 3270, 3277-8, 3297-9, 3305, 3324, 3326-33, 3336-8, 3340, 3356, 3373-6, 3401-5, 3411-7, 3420-1, 3427-8, 3430, 3432, 3436-3439, 3444, 3446-7, 3452, 3454, 3456, 3458, 3460, 34634, 3477, 3484-7, 3491-2, 3497-3512, 3517-3535, 3543-7, 3558, 3560-2, 3564, 3566-7, 3573, 3577-8, 3582-3608, 3612, 3614-5, 3619-25, 3629-32, 3635-3640, 3642-6, 3668-71, 3674-8, 3682, 3684-5, 3690, 3692-4, 3700, 3706, 3708, 3710-2, 3721-6, 3728, 3730, 3751, 3757-9, 3779-80, 3784, 3788, 3790-1, 3798-3800, 3802-4, 3812, 3823, 3827-9, 3832-44, 3851, 3859-3860, 3870, 3872-3, 3882, 3888, 3903-7, 3910, 3943-3971, 3988, 4002, 4020, 4022, 4026, 4028-4035, 4069-4070, 4082, 4085, 4087, 4114, 4122, 4124, 4126-8, 4133, 4136-8, 4142-8, 4150, 4153, 4155-7, 4159-4160, 4162, 4169-73, 4175-80, 4190, 4193-5, 4208-12, 4214-7, 4221-2, 4255-8, 4260, 4269

 

The texts of the sources would show up in the B&W version of the print too, albeit obviously not in the same colour as the original source – hence the suggestion that printing in colour of the Screenshots section would be a bonus.

 

Further Advice & Information

 

Why a single publisher/print source (such as Amazon) was not established

 

The book is physically massive. Although producing the print copy itself is not very expensive, its transportation to relatively far-away regions increases the price to unreasonable levels. To minimize the transportation costs, hence to reduce the price, it has been decided that the production of the print copy would be localized. 

 

Some further advice on cutting costs

 

The book-printing centres usually price their books such that the greater the demand for the book, the lower the price per each book. Hence, readers can further cut the costs by finding other like-minded individuals in their respective geographic locations looking to print the book.

 

Ask the publisher the cost of the shipment of the book. If the price is high, and if you live very close to the publisher print center, it may be cheaper if you clarify to them that you will go grab the book rather than have them transport it to you.

 

The print centres showing up in sponsored ads on Google tend to be more expensive. Usually, the ones not in sponsored ads are much cheaper.

 

The 2nd (July) Edition

 

In July 2023, the 2nd edition of the book was published in replacement of the 1st (May) edition. The 2nd edition includes:

 

-        Improvements to the mechanics and appearance (especially font issues)

-        Additional screenshots for sources cited

-        More documentary evidence and enhanced write-up for the Great Purge section.

 

Printing the original-size version of the book

 

Readers are welcome to print the original-size (25 cm x 30 cm) version of the book. However, many publishers are unwilling to print the original-size version unless at an unrealistically high price. More likely, the letter-size version (22 cm x 28 cm) will be the one accepted. The reader will not lose any information if he/she chooses to print the letter-size version.

 

If you choose the original-size version, ensure to print the 2nd (July) edition, not the 1st (May) edition.

 

Click here for the original-size version (approximately 600 megabyites).