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Celebrating Zumaya Publications’ Birthday

Zumaya Publications celebrates its fourth birthday as an American Company (it used to be Canadian before; it’s been around a long time!) by having a month-long celebration at Coffee Time Romance and More!.

Along with their publisher, a bunch of Zumaya authors will hang around to talk books and any other thing we like to talk about, such as… cats! A writer must have a familiar, right?

We’ll also set up polls for people to answer. The current one is about multi-media ebooks and you can find it here.

One of the exciting events is a writing round robin, which I’ll start.  Each author will write in his or her style and genre. It should be a lot of fun. For that purpose, Zumaya has setup a blog at Worpress.com called Tales from Zumaya Books. Come and visit and see what we’re up to, either on the blog or at Coffee Time Romance and More!. The site is for all readers and genres and there are a lot of interesting people hanging around.

See you there!

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Read an ebook week

Until Saturday, 13 March, it’s again Read an ebook week, or as we fondly acronym it, REBW.

With Reader devices such as the Kindle, the Sony Reader, the Nook, the iPhone, and the upcoming iPad, ebooks have become increasingly popular as a medium for reading. If you’re an avid reader and love to own books, the ebook is ideal.

Yeah, yeah, I know, you love the feel and smell of a paper book. But you know what? Paper books take space. Lots of space. I currently have over two hundred books in my Sony Reader. At one inch a book (and that’s conservative), that’s 16 feet of shelf space.  Since I read on average three books a week, I’d add about 13 feet of shelf space a year to my bookshelf. Frankly, I don’t have enough walls for that.

I’ve been reading ebooks since they began, really, ten years ago. I haven’t abandoned the paper book; I consider each a different medium for words and both have their level of comfort. My Sony Reader fits in my purse easily. I take it with me when I wait at the doctor’s office or when I go to the park for a picnic. It’s ideal when I travel — I can take dozens of books with me and they weigh less than a pound. Plus, I feel righteous: I’m doing my bit to diminish my carbon footprint in the world.

If you’re not sure about which reader to buy, read this article at Wired.

Zumaya has jumped into ebookweek by offering free the complete text of five of their books, in .pdf format (which means they can be read on any device):

In the Service of Samurai by Gloria Oliver (YA Fantasy)

Synergy by M D Benoit (Science Fiction)

Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows by David Lynn Anderson (Fantasy)

Milky Way Marmalade by Michael DiCerto (Science Fiction)

The Dream Ender by Dorien Grey (Thriller)

You can also read excerpts of dozen of Zumaya Publications’ books at Scribd.

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The First Chapters Club

It’s not a tale of money, revenge, and it’s not modeled after the story of three women intent on plucking their husbands dry. But the First Chapters Club could lead you to laughter, tears, passion, fear, discovery, love, travel, murder, adventure, ogres, fairies, evil, aliens, evil aliens, zombies, samurais, and much, much more.

Zumaya Publications has assembled a collection of first chapters from its catalogue, in addition to one short story and the full text of my first novel, Metered Space, and offers them for free at Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/zumayabooks). You can read them online or download them in .pdf or text format to read on your own computer or reading device. Continue reading

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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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Serialized books at Zumaya Publications: R. J. Leahy’s Tigra

Sign in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Zumaya Publications for a serial presentation of R.J. Leahy’s bestselling, award-nominated SF novel TIGRA. This is the first in a regular schedule of serializations of both their best-selling backlist books and some of their planned new releases for this year.

Zumaya selected TIGRA as their first offering because the sequel, THE OBSIDIAN SEED, is scheduled for releaseJanuary 2009.

In the desert wastes of Ararat, Jeena Garza stumbles on the greatest secret in the universe. Marooned after escaping a hellish prison, Jeena–soldier, pilot, genetic experiment–wants only to rest and to heal, to forget and be forgotten.

But on Ararat she will be forced to fight yet again. To save a lost and dying race, she will set into motion events destined to change the galaxy forever.

Join Zumaya in the farthest reaches of space, where mankind confronts for the first time the realization we are not alone.

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