Camille Leproust publishes book that redacts itself

8 Sep

Well, hello, readers! Long time, no speak, but I have an exciting story to share.

The London Art Book Fair is coming up soon, September 26th through 28th, and an artist, Camille Leproust, has created a book that slowly blackens as it is exposed to heat, giving the reader about four hours to read the book before it fades completely to black. The book will contain the words of poet Alissa Valles alongside T.S. Eliot’s The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock (a personal favorite from adolescence). This cover is created by a separate artist, Vince Koloski, who made it to look like the drawer chest of Prufrock himself, filled with tattered, well-worn clothing.

This redaction achieved by thermal paper and heat may sound a little familiar, as Davis Schneiderman of Jaded Ibis did the same with his book Ink. and I wrote about it last year.

Bringing together artists and authors often makes for interesting projects, to deconstruct and reconstruct the book in a way that is unexpected. The London Art Book Fair is an amazing place to explore these concepts, and to see artists who are working at the cutting edge of the book medium, to see how authors and books can explore and reach more dark corners of our lives.

More info on the London Art Book Fair below:

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/book-fair/the-london-art-book-fair

And as a reminder, my new book Desert Nights is available in all your favorite formats. Details at stackhousebooks.com. Read the review at Kirkus as well.

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3D Printing Brings Picture Books to All

4 Jul

One of the important issues people in publishing often discuss is access: access to published materials despite the technology gap, wealth disparity, occasionally something called being “print-disabled,” and being actually disabled. This modern world of ours is increasingly ruled by touch-enabled, smooth, flat screens, but we don’t always think about the fact that these mediums are excluding the blind or sight-impaired. Traditional books are intrinsically exclusive in the same way, but braille has allowed words to transcend that sight-specific medium.

But what of picture books?

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3D printing is poised to be a huge part of redesigning these books into tactile experiences for the blind and sight-impaired. Right now, 3D printing lends itself to children’s books, allowing kids to follow the pictures along with their fingers as the story is read to them aloud. Sometimes formed as shapes and pictures those with sight can easily recognize, and sometimes assembled as a string of geometric shapes kids can assemble in their minds, these tactile stories are a lovely way to be more inclusive, in an increasing exclusive and siloed publishing industry.

I can’t predict how intricate or in-depth this 3D story-printing can get, but I figure there’s someone out there trying hard to make this technology work for graphic novels. Perhaps dual panels, one set up much like a script, with the braille text attributed to certain characters, the other panel with the tactile representation of pictures. Or something like that. I’m going to keep my ear to the ground about developments on this front, and please feel free to float some knowledge my way if you’ve got an insider scoop.

You can peek back at another of my posts about 3D printing in publishing, and read more about its role in kids’ picture books and the current research being done below:

1. http://mashable.com/2014/07/03/3d-printed-book/

2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2679393/Now-FEEL-Cat-Hat-Researchers-use-3D-printing-help-blind-children-enjoy-classic-bedtime-stories.html

3. The Tactile Books Project: http://www.tactilepicturebooks.org/

4. The very science-y nitty gritty of creating tactile picture books: http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/gadget/newsid=36363.php

5. Research at CU-Boulder: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/06/23/picture-books-visually-impaired-kids-go-3d-thanks-cu-boulder-research-team

 

Desert Nights is HERE!!!

4 Jul

Hey friends! My brand new suspense book Desert Nights is here! It’s got sex, drugs, punk rock and psychos. I literally don’t know what else you’d want in a book.

You can get the book in paperback from at the Createspace store, or on the big online retailer websites, and in all sortsa e-versions on Smashwords. Please pick it up, and if you like it, tell a friend!

More information on my website www.stackhousebooks.com. Just check the books section.

Happy reading!

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Book Fairs & Festivals for Authors Summer/Fall 2014

29 Jun

The Book Publicist

Book Festivals and Book Fairs important element in book marketing Thousands of potential book buyers, agents and member of media attend book festivals and book fairs looking for new books. Book fairs and festivals offer authors an excellent place to interact with fellow authors and publishers, network with book industry leaders, locate the help you need, such as a publicist or book editor, and learn what’s new in the marketplace.

Book fairs usually want speakers. By volunteering to speak, the author not only gains great exposure but can also add that appearance to their resume and press releases. One of my author clients was recently a member of a panel of authors at a Southern Book Festival. I issued a press release about it and added it to her accomplishments on her bio. Not only is she a respected author but she’s now an author admired by her peers. It’s these little things that all add up in the minds…

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Review of Desert Nights

1 Jun

Hey friends!

Kirkus Indie just posted a good review of my upcoming book Desert Nights! How exciting! You can all read the book review here:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/courtney-stackhouse/desert-nights

And you can access my author website at stackhousebooks.com, or by clicking below:

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The book will be available super soon. I’ll post here when it’s available.

Happy reading!

Smashwords Makes a Deal With Overdrive

26 May

Hi Indie innovation fans! Long time, no speak.

Exciting news for Indie authors! Self-publishing/small publishing house giant Smashwords has made a deal with Overdrive, the company that supplies a majority of libraries with e-book lending capabilities. This is amazing news for self-published authors, as the possibility for getting one’s work into the eyes and ears of a larger audience is much more feasible with a partnership like this.

Smashwords has been trying to create bridges between indie authors and libraries for quite a long time, and has previous agreements with Baker & Taylor Axis 360 and 3M Cloud Library, as well as with some regional library systems. Overdrive, however, is the biggest national aggregator of e-books for American libraries, and Smashwords is also curating various collections to make it easier for libraries to categorize and distribute e-books. Libraries will be given the option to purchase the complete catalog of top 100, 500 or 1,000 best-selling Smashwords authors, or can be given a curated list by genre, revealing results like the top 1,000 best-selling Smashwords mystery and thriller titles, or best-selling romance titles.

A couple cool things about this deal: The pricing and licensing terms for Smashwords titles are actually cheaper for libraries than those supplied by the Big-Five publishing houses, and some Smashwords authors have opted to offer their entire Smashwords catalogs at even deeper discounts to libraries. The new deal also offers Overdrive users the option of buying a book if it is “checked out,” via Overdrive’s “buy it now” feature. This feature is particularly interesting to me, as I have never, ever gotten an e-book immediately when I was interested in it.  I always had to wait for it to become available. But, impatient as I am, if I had the option to just buy the book I was looking for I would be quite inclined to do so.

There are lots of articles about the deal, but below are a curated stash of articles on it. Read up, and read on!

1. https://gigaom.com/2014/05/20/self-published-ebook-site-smashwords-expands-to-more-libraries-in-deal-with-overdrive/

2. http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2014/05/ebooks/smashwords-overdrive-ink-distribution-agreement/

3. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/62367-smashwords-overdrive-ink-global-e-book-distribution-deal.html#path/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/62367-smashwords-overdrive-ink-global-e-book-distribution-deal.html

4. http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/overdrive-and-smashwords-ink-deal-to-distribute-indie-author-ebooks-to-libraries/

5. http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/05/smashwords-and-overdrive-to-bring.html

New Dystopian Novel To Have 3-D Art Cover

17 Dec

Next month author Chang-rae Lee has a new dystopian novel coming out, and it is set to be released with a limited-edition 3-D printed art cover!  Called On Such a Full Sea, its 3-D slip-cover will be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Only 200 will be made, and each will cost $150. It’s not particularly practical, but it is rad!

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Picture from Riverhead Books

Lee’s release is on Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin, and reminds me of Jaded Ibis’ project “Legend“, in which globes were created out of 3-D printed sections of The Book of Earths. I hope Lee’s release is a sign more publishers and writers will fully embrace book projects as works of art, and stretch into cross-media forms of expression.

More info below:

Chang-Rae Lee’s Book to Have Limited Edition MakerBot 3D Printed Cover: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/makerbot-lets-you-make-book-covers-using-3d-printing_b80794

Order a Limited Edition Copy: http://widgets.penguin.com/Pages/affiliateLanding/index.aspx?isbn=9781594633256