Publishers Weekly is reporting that Here Media, the owner of Alyson Books, has be unsucessfully trying to sell it for some time, and so has decided to go ebook only. Alyson Books is the country’s oldest gay and lesbian publisher. However, they are currently trying to recruit a digital publisher and don’t expect to begin ebook publishing for 9 to 12 months.
While Alyson has never released an e-book, Knoebel said other parts of Here Media, specifically Out and Advocate, have done digital products that have been well received. The gay and lesbian community tend to be early adopters of technology, he said, “so we are encouraged that they will take to digital books.” Knoebel said one factor in the decision to stop publishing print titles was the closing of many gay bookstores. “There are just fewer places to sell books,” he said