Melville House brings digital to print with HybridBooks.
The idea is that users can aim their magic phones at one of those barcode thingies (known as a Quick Response or QR) on the back of a print book to access supplemental material that the publisher is calling “illuminations.” Purchasers of the electronic books will have access to the extras within their digital copies.
“For example, The Illumination for the HybridBook version of Anton Chekhov’s The Duel contains an essay on dueling by Thomas Paine, poems by Lord Byron, philosophy by Nietzsche, an anti-dueling church sermon, an argument in favor of dueling by a U.S. Senator, and the rules to the game of vint—a game that plays a role in the plot,” said Dennis Johnson, the publisher of Melville House, in a statement. “In the Illumination for Giacomo Casanova’s The Duel you’ll find a comic essay by Mark Twain on French dueling and an account of a famous duel fought from hot air balloons. And there’s so much more—maps, cartoons, recipes, photographs, paintings—to enhance the reader’s experience.”
Interesting intermediate solution for a publishing house that strikes me as a bit e-book phobic. Where can I get one of those “magic phones”?
Jacob Ritari’s debut novel, Taroko Gorge, is finally available on Amazon! I’m pretty excited about this because it’s a book set in an Asian country that isn’t Japan, India or China, AND it’s published by an indie.
Ralph Nader (yeah, that Ralph Nader) wrote a book. Not just any book, but a 733 page “utopian fantasy” novel. The initial print run for this book was 40,000 copies, and an extra 5,000 are being printed.
Not only is this not a very “green” move, but Nader fans (all 45,000 of them?) are either intensely loyal, or the publisher is insane in the membrane. (Like how I pretend a third option, that the book could be very good indeed, doesn’t exist?) *stares threateningly* I’ll be watching yoooo.
Know your indies! Q&A with Gaspereau Press publisher Andrew Steeves.
Even indie publishers are laying people off. This time, it’s Gaspereau Press, producer of achingly beautiful books like this one.