Tuesday, June 02, 2009

OR Books

I'll be interested to see how this new company works out.

The new publisher on the scene is OR Books. I'm not sure if this is supposed to reference the abundance of media choices we have in this day and age - dvd, cd, i-pod, Kindle... OR books?!. But the tag line of this new venture is: Progressive Publishing - On Demand. The video about its launch is here:

OR Books from OR Books on Vimeo.

The modern publisher's job "is not just to passively process a book," says John Oakes in the video. Powerful stuff. I appreciate their thoughtful dissection of the current publishing model, with all its problems, and their attempt to insert some flexibility - with the author (royalties), print runs, format, and distribution.

The authors will be "intelligent, cosmopolitan, and progressive." Not too shabby.

Colin Robinson, who wrote a powerful diary of being laid off late last year, is the other person featured in the video who is at the helm.

OR launched at BEA by boat. Good luck, boys!

Colin Robinson Colin.Robinson@orbooks.com
John Oakes John.Oakes@orbooks.com
Inquiries: inquiries@orbooks.com

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