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Zumaya joins Espresso Project

The following is a press release from my publisher, Zumaya Publications. I’m particularly pleased that there are three places in Canada on trial:

Late in April, Zumaya Publications completed the paperwork that places all our titles currently being printed at Lightning Source into their pilot program with On-Demand Books, makers of the Espresso Book Machine. Other participating publishers are John Wiley & Sons, Hachette Book Group, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, Clements Publishing, Cosimo, E-Reads, Bibliolife, Information Age Publishing, Macmillan, University of California Press and W.W. Norton.

Through this program, our books will be available for printing at all facilities that have an Espresso. There are currently 12 EBMs operational worldwide, and my understanding is that this pilot program is the first phase of a marketing plan to place more of them in the next few years. The ones already in operation are located at:

  • World Bank InfoShop, Washington D.C.
  • New York Public Library, New York, NY
  • New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans,
  • LA 
Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA
  • University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
  • University of Alberta Bookstore, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • McMaster University Bookstore, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Newsstand UK, London, England
  • Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Angus & Robertson Bookstore, Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Waterloo Bookstore, ON, Canada
  • Blackwell’s Bookstore, London, United Kingdom

Just about a decade ago, the first on-demand book printer came into being. The quality of the product, compared to the traditional printing methods, left a good deal to be desired; and the cost to print each copy was much too high for most book publishing uses. However, where only a limited number of copies-or a single one-was wanted, those early machines were both economical and sensible.

It was then that Random House editor Jason Epstein wrote Book Business, in which he stated that on-demand printing was the future of the industry. Epstein was one of the founders of On-Demand Books.

Since those early days, the quality of on-demand printing has grown exponentially, and today a digitally printed book is indistinguishable from its offset-printed counterpart with one exception: it will always have a glossy cover for technical reasons. By utilizing the improvements in digital printing technology, On-Demand was able to complete development of a compact machine that could revolutionize the way books are printed and sold.

The EBM, which costs $95,000 in its current incarnation, prints and binds a trade paperback book while you wait. Literally. In Blackwell’s bookstore, they’ve replaced the metal frame with glass so the buyer can watch as their book goes from digital file to finished product. You can view the process yourself at http://www.ondemandbooks.com/video2.htm.

The capability to print a book on-site in a bookstore or library means that shipping costs, both financial and environmental, are eliminated. Although no one has, as far as I know, calculated the environmental impact of the machine itself, it has to be borne in mind that the book would still need to be printed, yet that the now-standard print runs wouldn’t be necessary. Given 25-50% of those runs are returned and discarded, logic would suggest the EBM is a much more environmentally sound way of producing print books than any of the alternatives.

The benefits to independent booksellers in particular are clear. One of the biggest obstacles they currently experience trying to compete with superchain and online booksellers is their inability to offer a large range of titles. With an EBM, this would no longer be the case. They will be able to store the files for thousands of books and print off a copy when it’s wanted-and without paying fees to wholesalers and distributors.

In addition, they could, if provided with the proper files, print books for local people who may, for example, only want five or ten copies of a family history for personal use, thus providing an additional revenue stream.

The advantage for authors is that overseas sales will no longer be plagued by expensive shipping costs. This opens the whole world to the exchange of ideas through printed books in the way it has so far only been managed via ebooks.

We’re very excited about being part of this project, for all of these reasons. There’s something particularly exciting about being part of the future of an entire industry.

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Read and ebook week 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Rita Toews

(204) 661-2734
r.toews@shaw.ca

website: http://www.domokos.com/readebookweek.html

How “Green” is Your Reading Material?

“Carbon Footprint”, “Environmentally Friendly” and “Green”. Have you considered these words when it comes to your reading material?

We’re encouraged to buy, use and dispose with the environment in mind. While it’s easy to recognize the negative impact of excess packaging and chemical content in many of the products we purchase, it’s not so easy when it comes to books, magazines and newspapers.

We do have alternatives other than paper for our reading material. Many books, newspapers and magazines are created electronically. No trees are cut to produce them. No ink is used to put the words on the page. No fossil fuel is used to run presses or trucks to move them around the country. Heated storage facilities are not required to warehouse e-books until they are shipped to bookstores.

March 2nd-8th, 2008 is Read An E-Book Week.

It takes 24 trees to produce a ton of printing paper, the type normally used for books, 12 trees are harvested for a ton of newsprint. Up to 35% of books printed for consumers (down from nearly 60% several years ago) are never read. They are used for window dressing in book stores, and eventually returned to the publisher for disposal in landfills. Given that a mature tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year, a serious alternative to paper books, magazines and newspapers needs to be considered. That alternative is e-books.

Before purchasing your next paper book, magazine or newspaper, consider your carbon footprint commitment. Read electronically.

Read An E-Book Week, March 9-15, 2008

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The Doll Violinist — A contest

My friend and colleague, Mayra Calvani, wrote a children’s story, The Doll Violinist, which is a finalist in the ABC’s Children’s Picture Book Competition. If the story wins, Mayra gets a publishing contract with a 10,000 print run plus 1,000 copies of the book to do with as she pleases. That’s huge, so I hope you’ll help her out. Us struggling authors need all the help we can get. Judges selected the 12 finalists, but it’s readers that will decide the overall winner by voting for the best story.
The voting starts on 16 September on the ABC’s nomination site and will run until 30 September. The 12 finalist stories will be available at that time for you to read and decide (but I hope you’ll vote forMayra!)

To encourage you to go read the story and vote for it, Mayra is holding a contest, with her own prizes for her readers. Here it is:

Vote for THE DOLL VIOLINIST and Win Prizes!

Mayra ’s story, THE DOLL VIOLINIST, is a finalist at the ABC’s Children’s Picture Book Competition!

What makes this competition different is that while the finalists are chosen by judges, the winner is chosen by online public vote. In other words, YOU the reader, get to choose the winner—that lucky author who will walk away with a publishing contract!

The Doll Violinist is a heart-warming Christmas tale set in Victorian Europe and features illustrations by talented artist Amy Moreno.

To view the finalists in the competition and vote for Mayra’s story, please visit the competition website at http://www.ABCbookcompetition.org . The two week voting period starts September 16, 2007 and will continue through midnight September 30, 2007. The winning author / illustrator team will be announced October 8, 2007.

People who vote for The Doll Violinist will be automatically entered in a drawing and prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st Prize: An enchanting antique doll in Brussels lace
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift certificate
  • 3rd Prize: Beautiful zirconium & sterling silver ring (size 8 )
  • 4th Prize: A print copy of Mayra’s latest paranormal thriller, DARK LULLABY
  • 5th Prize: A print copy of ANGEL IN A BUBBLE (children’s picture book)

All you need to do is vote for THE DOLL VIOLINIST, then send a message to mayra.calvani@gmail.com and write ‘You got my vote’ on the subject line. You must send a message in order to enter the drawing, so please don’t forget!
The winners will be announced on Mayra’s Secret Bookcase (http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com) on October 1st, 2007.

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Win an autographed novel from Ten Mad Authors

In honor of Mother’s Day, some of the Mad Authors of It’s a mad, mad world are giving away autographed copies of these authors’ most recently published novels.

Simply visit the blog at:

http://madten.wordpress.com

The contest will run from May 7th until May 11th with winners announced on Mother’s Day. To enter the contest, simply read the excerpt for that day and answer the two questions in a comment. Winners will be randomly selected from those who answered the questions correctly.

Books range in genre from mystery to fantasy to alternate reality to young adult-fantasy. Titles include: Arturo el Rey, by Joan Upton Hall, Lady of the Lakes, by J.C. Hall, Death Game, by Cheryl Swanson, and Vassal of El, by Gloria Oliver.

The contest is in honour of all the moms, but you don’t have to be a mother (or even a father) to win. Don’t miss the chance to discover a great new author and get a free autographed copy of their latest novel.

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Win an autographed novel from Ten Mad Authors

In honor of Mother’s Day, some of the Mad Authors of It’s a mad, mad world are giving away autographed copies of these authors’ most recently published novels.

Simply visit the blog at:

http://madten.wordpress.com

The contest will run from May 7th until May 11th with winners announced on Mother’s Day. To enter the contest, simply read the excerpt for that day and answer the two questions in a comment. Winners will be randomly selected from those who answered the questions correctly.

Books range in genre from mystery to fantasy to alternate reality to young adult-fantasy. Titles include: Arturo el Rey, by Joan Upton Hall, Lady of the Lakes, by J.C. Hall, Death Game, by Cheryl Swanson, and Vassal of El, by Gloria Oliver.

The contest is in honour of all the moms, but you don’t have to be a mother (or even a father) to win. Don’t miss the chance to discover a great new author and get a free autographed copy of their latest novel.

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