While it’s always great to see references to local institutions in the national press, this article, “More Booksellers Turn to Publishing,” in Publishers Weekly worries me. Print-on-demand is not publishing! Publishers Weekly ought to draw a distinction between an independent bookshop’s allowing local would-be authors to produce bound copies of their work and the complex process of publishing new or even out-of-print works. Publishers–and librarians–provide an essential service in the selections, and improvements, they make. When I see the improvements our team of editors, copy editors, and proofreaders make in the work of established writers and experts (not to mention my own journalism, like the article I wrote this week about the College of Creative Studies), I am bowled over. Now we publishers need to figure out how best to show the vast increase in quality and usability these professionals are responsible for?
Print-on-demand is not publishing
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.