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the decision by a firm on whether to make a component or product itself or to buy it from an external supplier (see OUTSOURCING). The decision will depend upon the combined production costs and TRANSACTION COSTS of the alternatives. Sometimes a firm may adopt mixes of the two policies, producing some quantity of the product itself and buying the remainder, depending upon the relative costs of the sources and security of supply considerations. See TRANSACTION for a more detailed discussion. See INTERNALIZATION, VERTICAL INTEGRATION.
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Even schools with small premises that have little room for a library can device ingenious ways to make books available to their students.
In "Making Books" (9781562906191, $29.95, 25 minutes) Peggy shows how to custom make books that include a simple stitch binding, as well as pop-up books, accordion books, scrap books, notebooks, and diaries.
Traveling libraries, or bookmobiles, make books available to people around the country who have a difficult time getting to a regular library.