Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Alford: Faculty Self-Publishing: The New, New Thing

Roger Alford (Pepperdine), Bainbridge is Self-Publishing His Latest Book:

As I discussed in a recent post, “the new age of self-publishing is fast approaching the world of legal scholarship. It will just take a few legacy scholars to create a norm cascade that will rock the world of legacy publishing.” Self-publishing is the new, new thing. We’ve already embraced it with blogging and SSRN, and now some prominent scholars are experimenting with self-publishing books.

Stephen Bainbridge’s latest book, Directors as Auctioneers: A Concise Guide to Revlon-Land has just been released as an Amazon Kindle Edition. ... I’ll be curious how the experiment goes. ...

For those interesting in self-publishing ebooks, CNET editor David Carnoy has a nice summary here. You can also self-publish paperback books with print-on-demand (POD) services. Carnoy’s summary of that process is here.

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New? I set up JEMBook Publishing (a sole proprietorship) in the early 1990s, and self-published "BETTER THAT 100 WITCHES SHOULD LIVE: The 1696 Acquittal of Thomas Maule
of Salem, Massachusetts, on Charges of Seditious Libel and Its Impact on The Development of First Amendment Freedoms" and it's done ok. Not a best seller, but it;s in circulation. And it's been cited. It wasn't done through a vanity press. I wrote it, set up the pages, dealt with the printer, etc. etc. So a for "The New, New Thing"? Hardly. Perhaps "increasingly visible" works.

Posted by: Jim Maule | Jul 21, 2011 4:47:16 PM