This is interesting. At first glance it doesn’t seem like much. But digging deeper it gets more radical.
FastPencil today announced FastPencil Premiere (http://premiere.fastpencil.com), a new and exclusive line of general interest titles that provides top-tier and best-selling authors a publishing home with all the benefits of FastPencil’s integrated suite of digital and social media publishing services to produce and publish the best in book content. Several best-selling authors are leveraging FastPencil Premiere to use its high-quality services to publish print and eBook versions of their titles in a simple, fast and top-quality fashion, while also gaining much higher royalties with more frequent payout.
What strikes me the most about it is the Who Is Premiere For section which highlights three groups:
Think that over for a bit. It’s basically saying:
“Oh, hello successful traditional and self published authors, we’ll take care of your publishing needs so you can worry about writing and promoting.”
That’s a long way along the disintermediation road in my book.