This week a news item from mass market paperback publisher Dorchester Publishing, reported in Publishers Weekly and elsewhere, stating the company "has dropped its traditional print publishing business in favor of an e-book/print-on-demand model effective with its September titles that are “shipping” now." They have been in the mass market paperback business publishing mainly romance, and also westerns, thrillers, etc., and although not one of the NY conglomerates, they've been a stable and recognized publisher since 1971.
It is also an indication that the movement by many authors into self-publishing ebooks and PODs, along with the public buying and reading ebooks, is definetly having an impact on the book world. Every few days it seems, another topic of interest regarding ebooks arises, whether from Amazon, authors, agents or publishers.
I am currently expanding my ebook distribution beyond Amazon's Kindle now to the various other platforms for reader devices through Smashwords.com. And this week Amazon.com in the UK now has Kindle and our U.S. books available.
Times they are A'Changin' .... and A'Changin'
And many of us are happy to see the changes and new opportunities taking place. I believe it gives us a new sense of identity as authors to have not only choice in the way we publish our books, but control over our works as never before.
Some of my previous posts about the subject of self-publishing PODs and ebooks.
Charlie Rose Interviews Amazon's Jeff Bezos
Linda Pendleton on the Self-Publishing Debate
Linda Pendleton on Pixels and Fonts: Ebooks and Ebook Readers
And two articles I published nearly ten years ago concerning the subject at a time when the interest in ebooks was really just beginning:
Pixels and Fonts, Should it Matter? Resistance to Ebook Publishing by Some in the Library Profession.
Ebook Publishing vs. Print Publishing: A Look at the Pros and Cons.
And more from Jon Guenther on his Blog: Amazon and the Kindle Rock.
Yes, Times they are A'Changin'