Art Book Entrepreneur Tests “Team Publishing” Model

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka TUCSON: How does one man launch a niche publishing company in a credit-and-cash strapped economy, while incurring limited expenses in overhead and even less in personnel? For Greg Albers, founder of Hol Art Books—a new niche press focused on books about visual arts, ranging from art history to original fiction—the answer is “collaboration.” “Our business model is …

What’s Hot in Romance? E-books, Baby!

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Lori James PALM HARBOR, FL: Digital publishing is a popular topic at the moment, and it should be. During a time when our overall world-wide economy is struggling, digital sales are up, way up. The top selling genre? Romance. At AllRomance.com we’re carefully watching this rapidly shifting market. With over 30,000 romance titles, and close to $3 million in …

The Bookseller Who Balked at Black Friday

In English Language, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CAMBRIDGE: Last Thursday—Thanksgiving Day in the United States—Lorem Ipsum Books, an independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced what they called a “new Black Friday Shopping tradition”: The Anti-Sale. “In this special, one-day only event, the bookstore with 19,000+ gently used books will be offering none of them for sale at a discount,” said Matt Mankins, the store’s …

Greenleaf’s “Publishing Incubator” Puts You in Control, For a Price

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Self-publishing, whether online or in print, has become an attractive option for many. But it’s not for everyone. Many authors find companies like Xlibis and Lulu.com wanting. But for those that are looking for a more robust and professional approach, companies like Greenleaf Book Group have emerged to bridge the gap between bare-bones do-it-yourself publishing and working …

Bonus Material: Is DIY Publishing a Sign of Confidence, Desperation or Something In-between?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For a fee, Greenleaf Book Group promises to offer high-level professional services with a hands-on approach, going from concept to publication (as detailed in today’s lead article). The cost is not insignificant—it ranges anywhere from the price of a Smart Car up to that Lamborghini—but the upside is that you get to keep total control of the …

Global Trade Talk: Global Reactions to the Revised Google Book Settlement Range from Praise to Resentment

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The revised Google Settlement has sparked a number of reactions, but notably, the strongest have been from Europe. Publishers Weekly explains that the revisions limit the settlement “to books that were either registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or published in the U.K., Australia or Canada,” thus limiting the agreement to the “four countries which …

From Twilight Guy to Bestseller

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Kaleb Nation On April 16, 2008, I started a website called TwilightGuy.com with a short introductory post and the tagline “A Guy Reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.” I went to bed. By the next morning, 3,000 people had already visited. So began my journey through the vast and remarkable world known as the blogosphere. When I originally started …

Rob Weisbach on Expanding the Agent’s Role

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Rob Weisbach was just 30 years old when he was named president and publisher of Rob Weisbach Books at William Morrow, landing such celebrity writers as television personality Jon Stewart and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. He later worked as editor-at-large at Simon & Schuster, and as CEO of Miramax Books—a job he left in April of 2008. In …

Muslim Voices: In Tune with the Times

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

NEW YORK: “As a man of culture, it is my view that we often neglect culture as a bridge between civilizations and people,” says Mustapha Tlili, the Tunisian scholar and novelist who is one of the principle organizers of a new cultural festival, Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas, which runs from June 5-14 in New York City. Muslim Voices promises …