Explaining the Changes
As I announced last week, I am about to discontinue all e-commerce on this website. By the end of April, all our books will be distributed by others. In some ways this plan is not ideal. An ideal plan would be to have all e-commerce so robust and sustainable that I could count on our readers and our writers to connect to each other over issues of technical problems as well as on the contents of the books. That day will come and when it does, I can see the transition to that form of publishing occurring on this website.
Until then, all four titles, Scags at 7, Scags at 18, Occupy this Book, and Eating Vegan in Vegas, will be distributed in a new way. (The new titles scheduled for publication this year will also be included in this distribution system.)
I’ll be turning to Kobo’s e-bookstore and the Print on Demand program at Ingramspark to distribute SSP books.
There are good things abut these new ways of getting SSP books to you and then the not such good things. The ease of downloading the e-books will be a great improvement as will the more dedicated technical support. All SSP authors can appear in bookstores and libraries where the books can be ordered and made available as bound books. That translates into much more face-to-face contact between the SSP authors and our readers. What I don’t like is that I will lose contact with you in a different way. The prime way being that no longer will there be a list of book buyers right here on the website. To counter that, the newsletter, that you can sign up for, is the best way to stay in touch with us. Please do make use of it.
Now, let me introduce you to our new partners.
I personally like Kobo of all the e-bookstores. Click on their link to see what I mean:
One of the things that struck me about Kobo was that you don’t need their device to read any e-book. Their app works well on all devices. Rightly called the anti-Amazon, Kobo’s attitude is not to take over the publishing world but to connect readers to books they would want to read.
Turning now to the Print on Demand portion of this new distribution system, by offering bound books, I am not turning away from believing that e-books are the more sustainable way to publish. I believe that e-book technology is the future of publishing. But for those who still prefer to order a bound book, a Print on Demand way to produce physical books is more environmentally sustainable. As its name suggests, books are printed only when requested. Thus the waste and pollution of traditional ways of book production are reduced significantly by not having them produced in large quantities to be shipped and then to sit in warehouses waiting to be shipped elsewhere.
I chose to work with Ingramspark to print our bound books. Please take a look at their company and their services here:
I am eager to begin a new relationship with both these companies. Kobo has a great reputation and works well with independent bookstores. And the Ingramspark program will make all the books we publish available in bookstores and libraries. Ingramspark utilizes the Espresso Book Machine to print their books. I used this technology before. When I first set up the POD program for the Scags Series, it was on the Espresso Book Machine at the McNally Jackson Bookstore in Manhattan. From the look of the Scags books, this type of print technology produces much better looking books than the more traditional forms of print production.
I believe as SSP moves forward, it will continue to find many new ways of connecting our readers and our writers. The sharing of ideas and resources is what has altered the publishing world substantially from what it was when I entered it in 1978. SSP’s determination to continue its participation in that changing paradigm keeps the company evolving and keeps me excited. I hope you’ll continue to follow SSP and buy our books for yourself and for those you care about.
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