Brian Kenney, director of the White Plains Public Library (NY), in the best op-ed of 2012 about the big, exploding picture of ebooks and libraries. I should also say it’s his inaugural column for Publishers Weekly. I tumbled about it last week, but it’s so provocative and, moreover, proactive, I had to do it again. (via cloudunbound)
Emily Powell, the bookstore’s president and chief executive, said the machine matched with their mission of connecting readers and writers, since “it certainly speaks to the fact that our community is not just readers, but they’re writers and we have the ability to offer them the service of helping them get started in publishing.”
McNally Jackson Books in New York, which installed the machine in January 2011, has on average nearly one new self-publishing customer a day.
Mr. Leggett, of Politics and Prose in Washington, said consumers now had control over the publishing process, from deciding the physical dimensions, cover and layout, to how much they want to pay for it.
“It’s a way for people who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to have a book on the shelf to have it on the shelf,” he said. “It’s a way for the community to increase the number of people who can express their ideas.”