Wednesday, April 15, 2009

KnitBook

KnitBook: A good idea by Vogue Knitting, but it would cost a fortune to make a book with more than a few patterns.

I understand $5-6 per pattern because that's how much we pay for most PDF patterns. This is definitely not a bad price when you are paying by the pattern, but when we buy a whole book in the store, we are usually paying say $20-25 for a book with 15-20 patterns in it.

I understand it costs a lot to create a customized book (a lot more than volume printing by a publisher), but couldn't they have given some sort of discount if you are buying the patterns in volume? I don't expect the same rate as buying a book in a store, but you'd have to be crazy to pay $75-120 for a single book of patterns (leaving Alice Starmore out of this, of course).

I would probably be totally cool with this idea (love the spiral, lay-flat design, and probably would have even bought one eventually), if they cut the price in half or so... I don't know if they could even afford to run the business at say $45 for a 15 pattern, customized book, but since their current price is way out of my range (cause who's going to bother to make a book with only a few patterns in it), they just gave me the eventual goal of paring down my knitting mags by ripping out the good patterns and binding my own pages into a single book!

4 comments:

Julie said...

Ah, is that the cost? Yeah, I figured it would be insane.

I think you could either tear out the pages of your own VK or copy them. Then have them bound. At your local Kinko's, for about twenty, thirty dollars.

Good idea, bad execution. The story of Vogue Knitting's life.

Anonymous said...

The good news is that the patterns are free when you put them into the KnitBook. You don't pay for the patterns just the book. My understanding is a book with about 10 patterns costs about $25. Total.

Ellen said...

The prices I calculated were based on the what the website said. It said add patterns from their library to your cart. The link to the library showed patterns at $5-6 each. But yeah, at least the cost of the book sounds like it free for them to put together. If it really is only $25 for about 10 patterns, I think that price is very fair, but I don't know where that price came from...

Veronique said...

It's a great idea in theory! Too bad it's not really working out in practice...