From the press release:
In December, international-bestselling author Seth Godin and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced a new publishing imprint, The Domino Project–the first to use Amazon’s new “Powered by Amazon” publishing program. Now Godin and Amazon are unveiling the first book–written by Godin–from The Domino Project, “Poke the Box,” which will be published worldwide on March 1. [Read more →]
From the press release:
In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through publisher intermediaries who will create accessible formats of publications and share them with specialized libraries.The new arrangement was announced today at the of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
It is estimated that only five percent of the world’s one million print titles that are published every year are accessible to the some 340 million around the world who are blind, visually impaired or who live with other print disabilities.
Specialized organizations globally, such as libraries for the blind, have taken on the task of adapting these books into Daisy, Braille audio or special digital formats at great expense.
WIPO and has collaborated with organizations representing authors, publishers and blind and low vision persons, including the World Blind Union and the International Publishers Association to provide access to a wider range of accessible books. WIPO will provide the technical support for the project.
“WIPO is pleased to announce the launch of this innovative and unprecedented collaboration between the private sector and public interest organizations which aims at facilitating access to published works by the visually impaired and print disabled,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, who attended the meeting in New Delhi.
“The success of this project – which represents an effective global partnership for development – will require commitment and investment of all concerned,” said Mr. Gurry.
Through a range of library services and publisher offerings, the new initiative aims to ensure that people with print disabilities in both developing and developed countries have equal access to published works as persons without print disabilities.
He just posted some interesting numbers over on his blog:
Since 2004, Whiskey Sour has sold about 60,000 copies in print and ebooks. That’s earned me about $54,000 not including foreign sales. (Not bad considering I got a $33k advance for it.)
Compare those numbers to The List.
In six years, I’ll have sold 108,396 copies. Almost double what Whiskey Sour has sold. And I’ll have earned over $200k–almost four times what I earned with Whiskey Sour.
I’d hope that this has the Big 6 worried. He’s a solid mid list author who can prove that he’s better off without them. They’d better come up with a pretty damn good reason why other mid list authors actually need a publisher. Otherwise, they’re screwed.
From the Smashwords blog:
Oh, wow. After I finished the previous post about how the number of self-published books is exceeding the number traditionally published books, I clicked over to the Smashwords home page to discover our word counter ticked past 500 million when I wasn’t looking.
Six months ago, I set a crazy goal for Smashwords to publish one billion words by the end of 2010. I called the challenge our Billion Word March. At the time, we had just published our 150 millionth word.