A recent article from the University of Arizona Press titled “Public Libraries as Publishers: Critical Opportunity” provides a history of traditional self-publishing activities in libraries and shows how libraries can use self-publishing to foster community needs. I have a soft spot for self-publishing (I’m an indie author myself), and believe that libraries are missing out on an incredible opportunity. Our communities have so much hidden creative potential, but may lack the means to express it. Self-publishing services and local library recognition can help patrons find an outlet for their creativity. Most importantly, it puts locally created book content into the hands of other community members.
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Interest in self-published books is on the rise. Libraries should consider including these new materials in their collections, but should be very careful how they go about it.
About two years ago, Smashwords was busy working with Los Gatos (CA) Public Library to introduce the world of self-publishing to the library’s patrons. Since then, the affiliation between the two groups has taken on a new venue: local high school classrooms.
Did you say….Serial fiction??
One library is working with a tech start-up to give patrons “free addictive fiction published one chapter at a time.”
The Symington Press powered by Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a fairly new endeavor for the Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) system in northern Virginia. This program allows patrons and community members to either self-publish their own work or instantly print a book from the EBM catalog.