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Welcome to the October edition of the e-publishing newsletter from Artmedia in Sydney, now reaching over 7,000 writers, publishers, bookshops, libraries and media-smiths in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and worldwide.
The feedback on our eBook report last month on the paperback pirates in the USA, was so effective that four companies stopped selling the books within days of the media release, proving that publicity and openness is the best way of dealing with the problem of piracy in the new digital marketplace. More in this months eBook Report.
In the features we welcome Equilibrium Books, a new Australian Print-on-Demand publishing service, 'designed especially for new and yet-to-be-discovered authors, frustrated with the ups and downs of trying to break into the publishing world'.
And in the networking we look at how Content Reserve is enabling the lending of Adobe eBooks in Libraries, the trAce Online Writing Centre has a major survey of writers, we introduce Antechinus, a new online bookstore and publisher, and we have information on classes at Writing World.
We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing electronic publishing community worldwide, so please send us information for inclusion in this newsletter. Thank you for reading Artmedia e-Publishing News. Please forward this to somebody else who may be interested.
Alan Clay runs Artmedia Publishing. Alan's third novel, 'Believers in Love', is now available on order through bookshops and on-line stores worldwide. Order the paperback, or download the eBook.
"Novelist Alan Clay breaks the mould of traditional romance to make it an art of creation, in Believers in Love. The light tone of the narrative belies the profound observations of life, art and love. Believers in Love is a powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, this novel comes highly recommended." www.wordweaving.com
The feedback on our eBook report last month on the paperback pirates in the USA, was so effective that four of the companies who had been selling the book on discount, stopped selling my novels, 'Believers in Love' and 'Dance Sisters', within days of the media release, proving that publicity and openness is the best way of dealing with the problem of piracy in the digital marketplace.
Those companies that discontinued selling the novel include a1Books who had flouted their first commitment to stop selling the books, but who have now withdrawn them, both from their own site, as well as from Amazon zshops.
Another interesting example is Alibris, who had the cheapest copy of 'Believers in Love' on the market for many months, and discontinued selling this after our last media release, only to start selling a 'collectable copy' of the book, for almost twice the list price. And, as the only authorized publisher of the book, here at Artmedia we wonder, what it is about the Alibris book, which makes it collectable and worth so much more?
Moira Allen reported in her recent issue of the Writers World newsletter that, in response to this growing problem, Penguin Putnam, which distributes DAW Books, has begun placing a notice in its print books: "The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law."
And according to Andrew Burt, chair of the e-piracy committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, pirated digital texts, from Tom Clancy to Stephen King, are regularly posted to Internet Usenet groups. Burt says he 'talked with someone who had 5,000 pirated digital titles, but isn't sure how many people are actually downloading these texts because pirated copies are pretty hideous to read, and the texts can be altered'.
What we are all discovering, is the chaotic, uncontrolled nature of the new electronic publishing medium and, as a street theatre performer from way back, I see analogies between the uncontrolled environment of the street, and that of the information superhighway.
In the street, maybe half the audience will walk away without paying at the end of the show, but they were still helpful to the show by adding to the size of the audience, which makes the show better for everyone. This means that those who do pay, pay more, and this income is increased when the performer uses the emotional pressure of the supportive audience members, to shame the rip-off customers into supporting the art that they are enjoying.
=================================================== Feature - Equilibrium Books - Keeping the Balance! ===================================================
Equilibrium Books is an exciting, new, Australian Print-on-Demand publishing service, designed especially for (but not limited to) new and yet-to-be-discovered authors, frustrated with the ups and downs of trying to break into the publishing world. With Equilibrium Books there to keep the balance, we'll make the task of getting your book into print simple, offering a personalized, one-stop service that could see your brand-new paperback on the coffee table within weeks, rather than months or years, while you sit back and write your next literary masterpiece. We take care of ISBN assignment, CiP registration and legal deposit at the Australian National Library, order fulfillment and distribution, and much more. Royalties are paid monthly at 50% of net receipts. Visit our web site for full details and inclusions
Equilibrium Books is also the perfect choice for small publications that other larger publishers may turn down. Perhaps you have a family history you'd like to see in print, or your group or association has an idea for a fund-raising recipe book or similar? With Equilibrium Books you can publish a work as small as 50 pages, from 1 copy to 1000, or more! Once your manuscript has been accepted and approved (and no, we won't print just anything!), we will set up your book/novel in an i industry approved digital format and arrange a colour cover, even using your own artwork if you wish!
Print Packages start from only AUD$179 and e-Book packages from only AUD$39. Now Open for Submissions From all Genres - 15,000 Words Plus. Contact email@example.com and check out www.equilibriumbooks.com PO Box 853, Rockingham WA 6968 ~ Ph 0418 954 470 ~ Fax 9537 1882
"Content Reserve is now working with Adobe Systems to enable the sale and license of PDF eBooks to Libraries. To enable libraries to permit their patrons to "check-out" or download a circulating eBook, OverDrive will deploy the DRM feature of Adobe Content Server that expires or "times-out" the title at a predetermined period of time. When a patron's check-out time for a title expires, the eBook will lock so that the patron can no longer use the title and it will then become available for another patron to check out for a new period. Libraries will only be able to lend a title purchased to one patron at a time. For a library to offer patrons simultaneous download of the same title, the library will be required to purchase multiple units of the title." Find a link to Content Reserve Library Services under Resources at
"Hi, the trAce Online Writing Centre is conducting a major survey of writers as part of a research project. We're researching how writers really use computers and the internet in a survey open to all writers world-wide, from beginners to the most experienced. By participating you'll be helping to improve public understanding of our relationship with the internet plus as a small incentive you could win a £50 Amazon Voucher or one of ten free places at the trAce Online Writing School (worth £160 each). You'll also receive a personalised web page displaying your responses to save as a record of your last ten years with technology. The survey is open until 9th December 2002." Helen Whitehead, Acting Director, trAce Online Writing Centre. Find a link to trAce under Resources at
"Hi, I have just pasted your banner on my site. I would like to paste a link on your site if i may. Antechinus is an online bookstore and publisher of works by Australian writers. We are based in Western Australia. I am trying to establish this service to help writers to get published. I hope that it will be very much a community based project with competitions and links to as many similar organisations as possible." David Leigh. Find a link to Antechinus under Electronic Publishers at
"Time is running out for fall classes at Writing World. Check out our Genre Poetry Workshop, for example, which starts November 4. This is an intensive workshop and discussion group for poets actively writing in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Students will be expected to post at least one poem per week. All poems will be discussed and critiqued by the instructor and the class as a whole. There will be no formal lectures. The instructor will introduce topics each week along with poems that illustrate the material being covered." Moira Allen, Writing World. Find a link to Writing World under Resources at
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In Alan Clay's new novel, Believers
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in which they explore the transient nature of art and life, and discover that
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