Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book View Café Partners with Smashwords

Book View Café, a digital publishing cooperative for professional authors, today announced it has partnered with Smashwords to distribute Book View’s growing ebook catalog, including titles by from such well known authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Sarah Smith, Seanan McGuire and Laura Anne Gilman.

From the press release:

“Smashwords is taking a truly dynamic approach to ebooks,” said Book View Café Project Manager Sarah Zettel. “From the beginning, BVC has promised readers the books they want, when they want them. Smashwords’ commitment to delivering multi-format ebooks to a wide variety of major retail outlets and mobile smart phone platforms will help us keep that promise.”

The authors of Book View Café are all veterans of the publishing world, having worked with some of the largest print publishers including Penguin Books, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, and Simon & Schuster.

Book View Café is one of a growing number of book publishing collectives distributing their authors' works with Smashwords. Others include Backword Books, eXcessica, and Year Zero Writers. While each of the collectives differs in its organization and membership, they all share a common goal of writers joining together to pool resources, knowledge and marketing.

I think Book View is one of the first collectives to focus exclusively on authors that were previously published by mainstream publishers. Their mission is to help these authors bring their unpublished or out of print, reverted-rights works to life as ebooks.

I'm excited to welcome Book View Café and its well-respected authors to the Smashwords community. As I've been saying now for two years, I think the indie author tent will increasingly include authors such as Book View's who were previously published by large commercial publishers. These authors recognize that digital publishing empowers them to exercise greater control over how their books are published, priced, marketed and sold, to the benefit of authors and readers alike.

Check out Book View Café's books at Smashwords.


DesGreene said...

Another good step forward for Smashwords - well done!

Shayne Parkinson said...

Excellent news! I've been reading about Book View Café recently - it's great to have them on Smashwords.

Agnieszkas Shoes said...

Book View Cafe are marvellous. I was delighted to get to interview Sue Lange about what they do. They're an inspirtaion to other collectives