print-on-demand small presses · publishing

The Normalization of Self-Publishing

    An editor friend and colleague recently noted the news of yet another round of layoffs coming in the top five New York publishers.     Where exactly is mainstream publishing headed? One super-sized publisher, devoted only to sure-fire blockbusters and the complete disappearance of the already withered ‘midlist’?     In light of this, I want… Continue reading The Normalization of Self-Publishing

capitalism · Catholic Church · Mark P. Shea · Pope Francis · social teaching

Mark Shea’s Timely Book.

Four years ago Catholic apologist Mark P. Shea got fired from the National Catholic Register (along with fellow journalist and blogger Simcha Fisher) for repeatedly telling Catholics who supported Trump that ‘this emperor has no clothes’ (and also wondering what the hell is wrong with people). Over the past four years of Trump, he’s certainly… Continue reading Mark Shea’s Timely Book.

books · publishing

Print Sales Are Up This Month

Publisher’s Weekly reports that print sales are up in June. With all categories except adult nonfiction posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 5.6% in the week ended June 13, 2020, over the comparable week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The YA categories had solid gains, with nonfiction sales jumping… Continue reading Print Sales Are Up This Month

books · eBooks · history of science · medieval history · technology

The Clock and the Camshaft is Available

The delays due to Covid were not as grim as I feared. My book is now officially in stock. The official listing, and you can order direct from Rowman and Littlefield. And Bookshop. Fresh from the warehouse! If you buy the print edition from Bookshop, the proceeds go to help independent booksellers. Ebook eition is also… Continue reading The Clock and the Camshaft is Available