waimengwan wrote:Having said that I have noticed that because the works are just via donation sometimes quality is compromised. The publications from Kechara Media and Publications , we try to achieve the highest of standards and hence we need to have writers, graphic designers and etc etc.
I suspect most Buddhist books, with a few exceptions like those written by eminent individuals like HHDL, don't turn a profit. In many cases an organization can't really sell most of their run of printed books and inevitably give most of them away.
In Japan I gather it usually works like this as well. The author maybe pays for 1000 copies up front and the publisher is guaranteed to turn a profit, but not the author or organization wanting to get their work published.
In the English speaking world having material published isn't always so easy because the publisher wants to turn a tidy profit, but moreover the amount of money you put into compiling/writing and publishing religious literature seldom will generate a profit, or so I have come to understand being part of the business.