Books In Action, Part 4

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August 2013
by Shelley Case, Kirt Manecke, Jerry Craft, Rose Rosetree, June Greig, Doug Breeze, Perry Louis Fields, Tamara Veitch, Arlene Miller, Tanya J. Peterson, Michelle Waits

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How is that book doing? Ask the question of somebody in a large publishing house, and the answer you get is likely to feature numbers the house uses to keep score (that book sold so-and-so many copies; that book hasn’t earned out its $XX,XXX advance). But if you ask the same question of an independent publisher, chances are good that the answer will focus on qualitative changes the book has sparked in the world beyond the publishing company.

Sales figures and other financial yardsticks obviously matter to independent publishers, too. Still, as our Books in Action series keeps showing, IBPA members are committed to improving the lives of particular readers, the lives of people those readers interact with, and, as word spreads, the lives of more and more other people around the country and around the globe.

Although this is the final installment of Books in Action, it is most definitely not the last Independent story on the subject. In fact, it fits into a stream of reports that show the power of independent publishers’ books and that have run for decades in every issue as stand-alone articles and/or in roundups….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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