Caleb Mason is the founder and publisher of Publerati, a literary fiction publisher employing a unique socially-responsible business model aimed at helping spread literacy via Worldreader. Caleb also writes fiction under the pen name Don Trowden (as in downtrodden), author site here. Earlier in his career, after working in bookstores, and at Little, Brown, and then co-founding Salem House Publishers (sold to News Corp), Caleb left publishing for several industries disrupted by change. These include the now-defunct 35m film and photo industry; the mostly defunct packaged goods CD-ROM software industry, and the ever-changing GPS industry. Having experienced many shifts, Mason has formed a unique perspective on the digital changes ongoing in the book industry. He shares that perspective in his blog "Outsights on Publishing."

You’d think that birthing American horror’s favorite son would give a U.S. state a broad institutional commitment to supporting the horror genre and honoring its local exponents. Well, apparently not. Because a library in Maine has declined the bequest of the archive of local horror writer Rick Hautala, citing lack of resources to properly support […]

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Sometimes living in Maine has unexpected advantages beyond lobster, seaside air, and friendly people, as I discovered yesterday when learning one of the newest beta sites for the Espresso Print-on-Demand system was being unveiled at a South Portland Books-a-Million store. Publerati is located in nearby Portland.

Down East Books, formerly a subsidiary of Down East Enterprise, which also publishes Down East Magazine, has been sold to Maryland-based publishing house Rowman & Littlefield.

According to Down East Enterprise president and CEO Bob Fernald, the sale went into effect on April 1. Down East Books will keep its Rockport offices, as well as editor Michael Steere and two sales representatives, and will retain all but a few of its more than 450 titles in four imprints, including Down East Books, Shooting Sportsman Press, Fly Rod & Reel Books and Countrysport Press.

With a focus on “Innovative Solutions for Historic Challenges,” the Association of American Publishers 2013 General Annual Meeting will feature speakers who are addressing longstanding industry issues with new strategies that are creative, novel, sometimes provocative and always thoughtful.

AAP’s annual event will be held on Thursday, February 28 at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 9:00am-1:00pm.  General registration here (Media details below)

Almost 40 percent of K-12 and higher education schools are storing or throwing away textbooks that are dated, damaged or have otherwise reached the end of their productive life, leaving significant potential to increase book recycling programs across the country, according to a new study by the National Wildlife Federation.

The report concludes more education about the benefits of textbook recycling is needed to help schools identify options for recycling of unused textbooks. While the report highlights a number of pilot textbook recycling programs being conducted by higher education institutions such as the University of Wyoming, Columbia College, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, there are few K-12 school districts participating in similar efforts.

Another bookstore chain is biting the dust—this one a small regional chain with ten locations in Maine. Mr. Paperback has been around for over 50 years, but is closing its doors by the end of April. The store’s sister company, a magazine and newspaper distributor called Magazines Inc., is being bought out. Mr. Paperback’s 80 [...]

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