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Permuted Press tells authors: No more paper for you, kids
October 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

"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 Permuted Press, the self-proclaimed "leading publisher of zombie and horror fiction," who, according to her, has declined to print their books in future. On paper, that is. Unless they're bestsellers. Bear in mind when reading the following that some have dismissed all this as sour grapes. Others, however, equally authoritative, have not. Some are even...

Amazon wants co-op payments, and also concessions in the UK
June 24, 2014 | 4:02 am

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 personalized recommendations, and so on. It looks kind of skeevy at first glance, but it’s really the same kind of “co-op” promotional payment Barnes & Noble extracts for prominent placement of books in its stores. You know how you sometimes see displays dedicated to a single book. or...

Sweden’s Meganews Delivers Print-on-Demand Newsstand
August 16, 2013 | 12:23 pm

MeganewsPrint-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 touchscreen to select a magazine of your choice, pay with your credit card, and within two minutes a high-fidelity issue can be picked up at the end of the newsstand," the Meganews site explains. "The printing course of your magazine can be followed on the monitor." Initial venues for the Meganews newsstand "are in locations lacking publications for sale--where...

E-Book Gives JFK Conspiracy Theories New Ammunition
June 4, 2013 | 3:58 pm

JFKGet 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 conspiracy-oriented comments, both pro and con. The manuscript in question is now a book—a ''nonfiction novel,'' whatever that is—and it has been published as both a POD paperback and an e-book. Is America ready? As I noted  in my piece, "Lee Harvey Oswald was framed with a surgically-created double, and inspired to try to save JFK by Frank Sinatra in...

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa
July 29, 2012 | 11:06 pm

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 minutes, but it does quote On Demand Books as projecting over 150 machines installed world-wide by the end of 2012. It also links to a Guardian article from 2009 in which the head of marketing for UK bookstore chain Blackwell suggested that the Espresso “has the potential to be the...

Bookmasters titles to be available on Espresso Book Machine
May 17, 2012 | 9:36 am

Logo 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: Bookmasters, Inc. and On Demand Books, the company behind the  Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), have entered into an agreement to enable a wide array of  Bookmasters’ distribution clients’ titles to be available through EBM’s fast growing “digital-to-print at retail” sales channel. According to Larry Bennett, Bookmasters’ President of Distribution Services, “this agreement will  allow our...

Espresso Book Machine now available at Brooklyn Public Library
March 8, 2012 | 9:02 am

Infodocket From CBS New York (1010 WINS): “It allows people to print a book that maybe they can’t otherwise get, some obscure title that happens to be in the public domain. This machine brings to our collection an additional eight million titles that are in the public domain or that are copyrighted but the publishers are allowing to be a part of our library,” Linda Johnson, President of the Brooklyn Public Library told 1010 WINS. [Clip] Another great option that users have when using the machine is to print and publish their own work. “People are doing quite a lot of self-publishing,” Johnson said. “Because...

HarperCollins launches backlist/POD program
January 12, 2012 | 9:18 am

EspressoBookMachine080411 From Shelf Awareness: HarperCollins today is launching its Comprehensive Backlist Program that will enable independent bookstores with Espresso Book Machines to promote much of the company's backlist through a combination of "a core assortment" of printed books on the shelves and in-store "digital-to-print at retail." The program encompasses thousands of adult trade paperback titles and some YA paperbacks. For now, illustrated books, picture books and some other titles are not included.The program officially begins at 1 p.m. Eastern time, when the initial nine participating stores will simultaneously print a copy of Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett. (Patchett became an independent...

Ingram launches global print on demand
September 6, 2011 | 9:11 am

Ingram From Goodreader: In the on-going debate over print versus digital, Ingram Content Group has found a way to give a leg-up to print books through its print-on-demand model. Like many other models of kiosk-based in store selection, printing, and binding, Ingram allows users to only print those titles that are necessary at the point of purchase. Stores do not need to maintain a costly stock of inventory and the costs of shipping are alleviated for the publisher and the consumer. Now, Ingram has developed its Global Connect program to bring the same ease of purchase ...

Dymocks (Australia) takes POD to new height
September 2, 2011 | 10:20 am

Images From the Sydney Morning Herald: DYMOCKS, the largest bookshop chain in Australia, is adding a publishing arm to its business. It plans to launch a web-based operation in October to entice local authors keen to see their books in print. D Publishing, will upload manuscripts to be turned into a ''properly laid-out publishable book'' and offer editing, design, production and printing of finished books for sale at Some authors who opt for the full service might see their books on the shelves of Dymocks bookshops. The chain has 70 shops across the country and claims 17...

German publishers are still figuring out how to deal with ebooks
August 4, 2011 | 2:55 pm

Max Franke of the German print-on-demand company epubli says that many German publishers are too risk averse and controlling when it comes to ebooks, and as a result they miss out on opportunities. They take too long to bring new products to market, he says, and take the wrong approach to DRM and social media. German has a very rich vocabulary for describing power relationships. Obrigkeitsgläubigkeit — belief in authorities — is a problem for the book business, especially when it’s hard for publishing industry leaders to accept that digitization has changed everything, that authors now have the opportunity to successfully...

Librarian offers detailed review of Espresso Book Machine after two years of use
August 2, 2011 | 10:32 am

We've featured several stories about the web-connected print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine (EBM), which can access millions of digital books and create print versions in minutes. Most of those stories, however, are light on actual user reviews, so I was happy to stumble across this detailed summary of "the good, the bad, and the sexy" qualities of the EBM from librarian Rick Anderson at The Scholarly Kitchen. His library at the University of Utah has had an EBM for two years now, and he's put together an insightful list of what works and what still needs work. You should read the full...

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