Like many people I did a mental calculation when the Mueller Report was released: I’d like to have a paper copy, but how much will this cost me in printer ink?
The answer, of course: “a lot.” Given that I’ve been doing self-publishing for a while, the next logical thought was: why don’t I just submit a file of the report for publication and order myself an author copy…that is bound to cost less! And that turned out to be quite true. Here’s the cover of the resulting book:
Before starting in on the project, I looked at the versions already up for sale. The best sellers are the Washington Post and Alan Dershowitz-intro versions----but both of them are small format (about 6" by 9" or so). The font in these was clearly quite tiny, because the original PDFs are standard business-size 8.5" by 11".
So next I looked at some self-published versions that were listed as being 8.5" by 11"…and the common theme in the comments was ‘the text is just a little picture in the middle of the page with giant margins, what’s up with that, it makes the font so tiny!’
Once I started trying to format the PDF, I realized one of the reasons the other self-publishers had shrunk the pages even though their books were 8.5" by 11": the original PDFs had headers that were nearly at the top of the pages, with a margin MUCH smaller than Kindle Direct Publishing permits. So the people just shrunk the content until the margins were acceptable.
I solved that problem a different way, leaving the font on the pages the same size as in the originals. (Took a lot of work.)
Then on submission, I found that the redactions apparently included all sorts of invisible marks that caused KDP to reject the file. Again, others solved that problem by shrinking each page until the invisible stuff was no longer being flagged…but I worked out a different solution. Again, a lot of work!
The result is an extremely clear and readable version of the Report. I added some related content that help illuminate the story:
**The letter from William Barr released 24 March 2019 as an attempt to characterize the Report.
**The three documents relating to Michael Flynn with redactions removed, as made public 16 May 2019.
**Robert Mueller’s 29 May 2019 speech at the Department of Justice.
**A brief timeline of crucial events.
I sincerely believe the result is one of the most useful versions on the market. You can look at some of the pages in the Look Inside feature: