– Dymocks Bookshops to Launch D Publishing02/09/2011 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Bookshops, D Publishing, Digital Printing, Digital Publishing, Ebooks | 7 Comments
Tags: Australian Publishing, Authors, digital, Dymocks, ebooks, Fancy Goods, Self-Publishing
Well I always thought that 2011 would be an important year for Australian Digital Publishing and with yet another exciting announcement it certainly seems to be the case!
Today it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that the Dymocks Bookshop Chain will be launching a Publishing arm of their business in October 2011. It seems as though they are aiming this service at local (Australian) authors who want to publish their own titles. Although there are a number of self-publishing options available to writers, the smart move that Dymocks appear to be making is offering the add-on ‘a-la-carte’ services to local authors. They will be able to access editing, design, production and printing service and the online service will enable authors to upload their manuscript and get a ”properly laid-out publishable book”.
In what will be a HUGE carrot to authors it seems as though ‘some’ writers will also be able to see their books appear in Dymocks bookshops, so the possibility of being distributed through what is now Australia’s largest bookshop chain will be very appealing! I’d love to know more details of how authors can access that, and I hope it’s quality based, not price based.
Talking of costs there are no details to hand yet about how much any of this will cost, but I think it’s a smart move on their part to capture part of the market that hasn’t had a ‘one-stop’ service offered to them locally. The appeal of a local service versus many of the international players will be having your ebook or Print on Demand Book through an Australian bookseller.
It will be interesting to see how Dymocks handle the quality issue. The downside of Amazon and Smashwords (and others) is that they offer the ability for writers to create and sell their ebooks, but don’t quality check any of them. As a result both can be awash with low-priced and (sometimes) low-quality product. It’s hard to wade through in order to find the GOOD books that have been edited and designed.
In an interesting statement from the Sydney Morning Herald article, the Dymocks Chief Executive Don Grover said Dymocks was hoping to embrace many of the hundreds of Australian publishers that produce fewer than five books a year. Perhaps Dymocks are planning on using their purchasing power to offer good prices for ebooks and POD and distribution to Australian small publishers? If it’s good for small publishers then it’s an interesting idea.
I’ll watch this with interest, but as always very happy to see any developments in Australian Digital!
Update 5 September 2011
Fancy Goods, the blog of team Bookseller+Publisher Online today reported that D Publishing will launch two tites from debut Australian authors in October. In what should be of great interest to authors is that Dymocks CEO Don Grover has told Fancy Goods that “Dymocks are also inviting interested writers to submit manuscripts for consideration for a pre-launch trial of the service to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dymocks will select 10 manuscripts from these submissions and the authors will be given the opportunity to produce their books in the lead-up to the October launch.”
On the online Bookseller & Publisher article (available to subscribers only) there is the interesting information that Grover said “We think there’s a big opportunity for freelancers to be a part of it.’ If you think you’d like to be involved then Dymocks would like to talk to you!
Update 30 November 2011: If you want details on actual launch please read this post as date has been announced!)
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