Posts Tagged ‘eBooks’

Libraries and Global Publishing

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of addressing librarians at their annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina as the Interior_view_of_Stockholm_Public_Libraryguest of Mitch Davis of Bibliolabs, Mitch is working on a number of initiatives that will enable libraries, if they choose, to become centers for self-publishing. I strongly support this concept and intend to work with Mitch to enable all one hundred thousand libraries in the United States to in effect become book publishers for their author constituents. With projections of up to one million self-published books to be released in the next two years, it is only logical that libraries participate as partners for these authors whose books are, for the most part, likely to sell fewer than one hundred copies.

One of the unique concepts Mitch and I are exploring is the ability to publish these titles as ebooks with distribution to all one hundred thousand libraries as a free or nearly free subscription service. Authors will benefit from exposure of their works to all libraries and can coordinate local promotions with their initiating co-publishing.  Local library costs for ebook self-publishing can be reduced from what existing self-publishing services are charging,  Even low cost Create Space, which Mitch founded and then sold to Amazon several years ago, would be more expensive. (more…)


Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Sometimes meeting public figures reinforces why we so admire them, sometimes it leaves us with a patina of tarnish on our opinion of them. In the case of meeting Steve Jobs, I found both to be the case.

I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Jobs about twenty years ago. I had attended several industry conferences at which he was a presenter before I met with him individually. The meeting was short and was in the context of his desire to get authors I represented to write books about NEXT, the computer that he developed after leaving Apple (he was ousted by CEO John Sculley and the Apple board of directors). Steve was at his charming best with his charisma reeking. He had all the software developers and everyone in the private room rented after his unveiling of NEXT in symphony Hall in San Francisco excited about the potential of his newest invention. Not all the developers were convinced NEXT would be successful and it was clear Steve did not like doubters. When Steve Jobs made up his mind about something he never looked at the other side of a cause or a decision. Most of his life this blind passion and belief that he was right served him well but not always. (more…)