"Douglas County Model" gives libraries new e-book leverage
— The public library system in Douglas County, where bedroom suburbs rub shoulders with century-old ranches, might seem an unlikely game-changer in the world of publishing. But the county's innovative e-book lending platform, which aims to flip the dynamic between publishers and libraries, is giving hope to cash-strapped libraries from Alaska to Australia that they'll be able to offer more electronic material to users, for less money. From The Denver Post
posted by cenoxo
on Nov 22, 2013 -
What Is the Business of Literature?
Publishing is a word that, like the book, is almost but not quite a proxy for the “business of literature.” Current accounts of publishing have the industry about as imperiled as the book, and the presumption is that if we lose publishing, we lose good books. Yet what we have right now is a system that produces great literature in spite of itself. We have come to believe that the taste-making, genius-discerning editorial activity attached to the selection, packaging, printing, and distribution of books to retailers is central to the value of literature. We believe it protects us from the shameful indulgence of too many books by insisting on a rigorous, abstemious diet. Critiques of publishing often focus on its corporate or capitalist nature, arguing that the profit motive retards decisions that would otherwise be based on pure literary merit. But capitalism per se and the market forces that both animate and pre-suppose it aren’t the problem. They are, in fact, what brought literature and the author into being. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 27, 2013 -
What a cool idea!
A poetry publisher that not only puts out an online journal, but also distributes poems via gumball machines
. As of now there's only 7 Gumball Poetry machines worldwide, mostly in the Western US, but they're ready to make more
. Next time you've got a quarter jinglin' in your jeans skip the gum and get some free verse instead.
posted by jonmc
on Apr 13, 2002 -
is a new publisher that’s getting a bit of mainstream press
mostly on the basis of a book called Evasion
, which is a nonfiction account of a latter day Huck Finn cum
Hayduke. (Any store that uses an Evan Dorkin comic to illustrate a point
gets my dollars.)
posted by raaka
on Apr 11, 2002 -