Print on demand

Publishers behaving badly?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarah Hoyt has a post today discussing a sudden reappearance of her Bantam works in bookstores after the rights to them reverted to her, under a contract clause allowing them to sell any left-over copies still in their warehouse after reversion. The odd thing is, Hoyt says she’d been told years [...]

Self-publishing gets solid with SelfEspress

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-publishing took one more step into the physical world with the announcement by On Demand Books, “creators of the patented Espresso Book Machine® (“EBM”) technology,” of SelfEspress, “ODB’s new online self-publishing platform.” This system appears designed to [...]

Permuted Press tells authors: No more paper for you, kids

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 15, 2014 // 8 Comments

“Acclaimed horror author, indie songwriter and artist Gabrielle Faust” – and no I am not being the remotest bit snarky by quoting that – has just posted a pretty remarkable, and quite disconcerting, account of a recent alert that she and other authors had from publisher [...]

Amazon wants co-op payments, and also concessions in the UK

By Chris Meadows
June 24, 2014 // 3 Comments

So, thanks to a leak, we’ve finally found out what the Amazon/Hachette spat is over. The New York Times reported a couple of days ago that an anonymous source within Hachette says that Amazon wants to extract extra fees for a number of services, including the pre-order button, placement in [...]

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

If this isn’t Rule One of self-publishing, it should be: You should never, ever, ever pay someone to publish your work for you. Full stop. End of sentence. Now, it’s fine to pay for useful services, of course. If you can afford it, it could be a good investment to pay someone to edit your work, [...]

Small press publisher IntoPrint brings out-of-print books back into print

By libertyc
November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

“From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors” has an interview with Anny Rusk, publisher for IntoPrint Publishing. “Cynsations” has another such interview that covers a lot of the same ground. As its name might suggest, this small publishing house uses e-book and print-on-demand [...]

Sweden's Meganews Delivers Print-on-Demand Newsstand

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Print-on-demand facsimiles of major dailies are a familiar sight in international hotel lobbies these days, but now Sweden’s Meganews has gone one step further, by introducing a mechanized and Internet-enabled newsstand that can print magazines as well as newspapers on demand. “Use the [...]

E-Book Gives JFK Conspiracy Theories New Ammunition

By libertyc
June 4, 2013 // 4 Comments

Get ready for some JFK-era fireworks. This is the year that was. Back in May of 2012, I wrote a blog post for a Hollywood website known as The Wrap that was headlined, “Lee Harvey Oswald Tried to Prevent JFK Assassination, Manuscript Says,” and the post got dozens of [...]

New digital publishing imprint specializing in women’s fiction launches

By libertyc
October 1, 2012 // 2 Comments

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint launched by ex-Harlequin UK marketing controller Oliver Rhodes. Specializing in women’s fiction, Bookouture will publish e-books and print-on-demand globally, paying a 45 percent of net receipts royalty on e-books. “My aim with Bookouture is to [...]

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa

By libertyc
July 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

South African IT news site IT Web reports that the University of Johannesburg has just acquired an Espresso Book Machine of its very own. Most of the article summarizes what we already well know about the print-on-demand machine and its uses for printing and binding store-quality paperbacks in mere [...]

Borderlands bookstore owner recalculates; Espresso not so expensive after all

By libertyc
June 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

About a month ago, I covered a blog post by Alan Beatts, proprietor of the Borderlands bookstore in San Francisco, in which he did some back-of-envelope calculations to determine that it could take over a decade for profits to pay down the cost of an Espresso. I just now received an email from Mr. [...]

The Espresso is too expensive for independent bookstores, says owner of San Francisco’s Borderlands Books

By libertyc
May 22, 2012 // 9 Comments

A few days ago I mentioned the Harvard Book Store, which features an Espresso Book Machine which it uses to help it stay relevant in its market, and pondered why it is that more stores aren’t following its example. As it turns out, Alan Beatts has a definitive answer to that on the blog of his [...]

Bookmasters titles to be available on Espresso Book Machine

By Paul Biba
May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

One of the biggest problems with the EBM is the lack of titles in its catalog.  Now, Publishers Weekly is reporting that Bookmasters will make its distribution clients’ more than 50K POD titles available through the EBM under an agreement with On Demand Books. From the press release: [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses the motives of Amazon

By libertyc
April 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin’s latest column is a look at the motives behind Amazon’s competitive behavior, and how it might end legacy publishing. Perhaps the most interesting thing here is that Shatzkin spends the first half of the post giving the devil his due, explaining why Amazon [...]

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