Fascinating idea. Reminds me of the Hol Art Books Team Publishing way of publishing, though Hol Art contributors take a much more active role:
The publishers are now looking for co-editors to help fund publication of the books. Each co-editor must invest €11 in their chosen title, and will then be able to discuss the book with its author on Éditions du Public’s forum, following each stage as it is written. Each title has six months to sign up 2,000 co-editors and some are already proving more popular than others: Tavignot’s thriller has 45 subscribers, while Hammer has just two.
via France pioneers ‘crowdfunded’ publishing | Books | guardian.co.uk.
Nice post over on Alexia Golez’ blog today about her mother’s bookselling:
The shop was a mix of old books and new. Customers were regulars, people who’d pop in for a chat as much as a book. Books were laid away for people. Facebook a social network? Your independent bookseller is ultimate social network. All walks of life come in. Everything in every shape and size.
I dare anyone to spend a day in your local independent bookseller that sells new and *old* books and not be impressed. The old part is important. Second-hand booksellers are social treasure troves. Beat the joy of helping three generations of the same family buy books and leave the shop happy and enthused.
via The Independent Bookseller : Alexia Golez.