-----Hard Case Crime has no interest in being an e-book publisher. I'm glad to
hear this will be your policy and I hope you can successfully continue
publishing in the paperback format. I have a house full of vintage paperbacks,
books, and pulps and I too love the physical book, the artwork, the scent of the
pages, and everything about the format. The e-book just cannot compare with the
regular book and I have made the decision to not buy an e-reader. I'll continue
to read and support books instead.
From: hardcasecrime <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, August 7, 2010 8:50:30 AM
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Dorchester moves from mass paperback to ebook/POD
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "davezeltserman"
> Charles is probably the best one to answer whether HCC
> have any bookclub deals. OR what this means to HCC since
> Charles acts as a book packager for HCC, and could conceivably
> take it elsewhere or set up his own ebook publishing.
Dorchester does run a Hard Case Crime Book Club, and I'm hopeful it will
continue to exist in some form, even if we stop publishing Hard Case
Crime books with Dorchester. (No reason the book club couldn't feature
books from publishers other than Dorchester -- most book clubs feature
work from multiple publishers.)
As for what this all means to HCC, you're right, I can take the line
elsewhere, and that's what I'm planning to do. Nothing against
Dorchester's decision, which may well be the right one for them -- but
if they're no longer going to be publishing and distributing paperbacks,
they're not the the right folks for us to work with. (And even if they
will be, but only to a limited extent and only print-on-demand after an
ebook edition has been successful, that also wouldn't be right for us.)
No interest in turning Hard Case Crime into an ebook publisher. That
would defeat the purpose of Hard Case Crime, which is to celebrate a
particular physical artifact I love.
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