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Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks

Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mark Coker: Libraries are uniquely qualified to orchestrate community resources and talent to help local writers become professional self-publishers. By holding seminars and classes, and by bringing local authors together face to face with readers and aspiring authors, libraries can help unleash the talent locked inside the minds and fingertips of their local community's writers.  They can also help ensure a steady future supply of library-friendly authors who will want to supply their ebooks to libraries.


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Great tools and tips for self-publishing at libraries!

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Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Carlos Alcalá:

"Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Public Library's innovative use of an Espresso Book Machine has been honored as one of the nation's top 10 library innovations for 2012."

"The Library's I Street Press, which was used to enable 600 writers to publish books on demand, was recognized last week by the Urban Libraries Council at the American Libraries Association conference in Anaheim.

The project has drawn authors of means from the Bay Area and at least one homeless poet from Loaves and Fishes, by virtue of its ability to print out professional-looking bound paperback books in about 15 minutes from digital files.

The library began using the machine in 2011, thanks to a State Library grant to purchase the $150,000 machine, the first of its model in California."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/27/4594311/sacramento-librarys-book-machine.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

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Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa | TeleRead:

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa | TeleRead: | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Bringing what has been called “revolutionary” book-publishing technology to SA, Self-Publish Press – together with Xerox – has launched the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at the University of Johannesburg's main library.
The EBM is the creation of On Demand Books, in New York, and is capable of producing a bookstore-quality paperback with a colour cover, in minutes. The books can be printed in any standard trim size, and the machine eliminates the problem of minimum print runs.
The EBM looks like a large photocopier – not exactly an espresso machine, but the comparison lies more in the speed and ease of production than the aesthetics.
“The EBM technology offers libraries and bricks-and-mortar retailers the opportunity to become community self-publishing centres,” says Xerox, which is represented locally by Bytes Document Solutions. “In addition, the EBM provides a new sales channel for publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles for physical bookstores, thus significantly reducing loss of sales due to books being out of stock.”

 

Link here: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?view=article&id=57140

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Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @laurareiner: Awewome post about zines and libraries by my awesome colleague Alana Kumbier: http://t.co/t33DYikq...

 

"When students come to the library to make zines in the Book Arts Lab, they discover one of our campus treasures: a workshop full of printing presses, wood and metal type, bookbinding tools and many other (less-spectacular) supplies for zine-making. And they meet our book arts director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin, who can serve as a teacher and guide for future adventures in self-publishing. Most importantly, when students make zines with us, they claim the library as a space for making and creating knowledge, texts, and community.

As they produce their zines at the end of the semester, I’m proud that our students join a constellation of zine-makers, radical librarians, teachers and archivists, feminist scholars, and community arts organizers dedicated to this form of knowledge articulation, material-cultural production, creative work, and political action. And that they get their hands on some scrap paper, markers, glitter and glue in the process."

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