They must have gotten an extremely good deal because, looking at Blurb's prices, what Blurb charges to produce a book is ridiculous. $4.95 for a 0-40-page paperback? No, I don't think so. A 300-paga paperback from Blurb costs $11.95. How is an author supposed to make a profit, charging over that to sell books?
Roman Stuff: I am looking at the Societas Via Romana organization. From the little bit I have seen so far, I like a few things:
1. Their focus is on scholastic study; they encouage their members to write essays about ancient Roman culture. (Whether the members actually write or not, I don't know; nor can I speak for the quality of any essays written.)
2. They want their by-laws to be simplified and few.
3. They modified their entire administrative system when they decided it wasn't working for them. I like that; it shows that the people running the thing are awake--or were at the time of the restrucuring.
I'm sure they have their own internal political squabbles, just as Nova Roma has, but the differences are interesting to me and appealing.