The Future of the Printed Book?

Shelf Awareness and McNally Jackson are both reporting on Sci-Fi writer Cory Doctorow's latest experiment  in self publishing. He is teaming up with the McNally Jackson books store to publish his latest short stories, titled With a Little Help. Apropos, since it will be printed with the help of McJ's Print-on-Demand Espresso Book machine.

The book is an experiment for Doctorow and will feature information on the cost of the book, as well as the number of books printed & sold within the index. The Espresso-printed book has four different covers and sells for $10. It can be ordered through McNally Jackson (see links below).

Doctorow has struck a similar agreement with the Custom Book Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Price for the same book covers listed below is AU$21.95.

From Doctorow:
With a Little Help is my first serious experiment in self-publishing. I’ve published many novels, short story collections, books of essays and so on with publishers, and it’s all been very good and satisfying and educational and so on, but it seems like it’s time to try something new.

You see, I’ve always released my work under open licenses from the Creative Commons project, so that my readers could share and remix my works. A good number of these readers wanted to know why I didn’t distribute the physical book as well, and see what a writer working on his own could do.

In addition, Doctorow has teamed up with Wyvern Bindery in London to create a limited edition, handbound hardcover, priced at US$275. This edition comes with original, signed paper ephemera from other authors, as well as an SD card that houses the full text of the book and the full audio version of the book.

The limited edition book can be bought through Doctorow's Web site.

With a Little Help, Cory Doctorow
McNally Jackson Espresso covers:

Rick Lieder cover
Pablo Defendini cover
Frank Wu cover
Rudy Rucker cover

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