Books in Action, Part 1

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May 2013
by Tom Phelan, Susan Terkel, Sonja Linsley, Mark Chimsky, Marcia Fine, Shel Horowitz, Kathleen Vestal Logan, Marvin Ross, Peter J. Malia, Devorah Fox

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We keep hearing—and talking—about print vs. digital and about whether a book is or isn’t a book if it’s “enhanced” or “chunked” or subject to readers’ revisions. But let’s forget all that for the moment and focus instead on the main event—what books do for their readers and, through their readers, for sizable segments of the world.

After all, a book is a whole lot more than a well-constructed package of physical or digital content, and nobody can make that point with real-life examples better than independent publishers.

Responses poured in after I asked IBPA members what their books do. Selected responses appear below, and more will appear next month. Many thanks to everybody who helped demonstrate the power that books have.

—Judith Appelbaum…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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