Still the wrong side of Saskatoon
This doesn't make sense to me. Publishers and their sales teams do their selling to the national accounts BEFORE the book is released - not after. What do the e-books have to do with the physical book sales? They really are quite independent of each other.From PW article: Hultenschmidt said that the house will be working with Ingram Publishers Services, as previously announced, and will be releasing all of its titles in e-book format and then releasing a paperback edition roughly six months later. Hultenschmidt said the lag would allow IPS to collect all of Dorchester's sales information and give it time to sell titles into accounts.
Although Dorchester president John Prebich, when he initially explained the move to PW, did not lay out a trade paperback program and said only select titles would be printed POD, Hultenschmidt said that POD would be used largely for re-orders, but that most titles would be printed as traditional trade paperbacks on offset printers.
Forget about the POD thing -- how the heck are they going to support their operations with ONE person in the editorial department?
I get the impression that the horror/western department is going out altogether; I think they're using one person to handle the remaining projects and then that's it for that line. The one editor thing was just for the horror/western books right? do they really use the same editors for westerns and horror?
I can't decide if this elevates the status of POD operations or if it decreases the status of Dorchester. Many POD pubs are criticized for saying things like "The industry needs to change if it's going to survive." which is more or less exactly what Dorchester says on their site.
I see absolutely no way that this elevates POD. It makes it even clearer that it's a last chance method of publishing, one for a failing publisher.
It would only give POD credibility if a year from now Dorchester is hugely successful with it and/or solvent publishers decided to go POD.
Really? you don't see how a commercial publisher, thinking that using POD technology for a front list as a means to reduce risk associated with warehousing books, might give credence to other POD's?
I do. Seems like it's not so much the option for failing publishers as it is for those without a lot of capital.
POD isn't viable for those looking to get mass bookstore distribution. It's too expensive. Warehousing is a huge cost, but there's a breakpoint at which it's still less expensive to go offset, IMO.
(I almost typed, "it's a matter of weight ratios." Tells you where my brain is today.)
SBTB is reporting confirmation of the rumors that the entire editorial staff (except for Keesler) has been let go. I don't see how you can run a publisher without editors. POD or off-set or ebook is sort of irrelevant without editors. It really does sound as if they are circling the drain.