Dymocks adds web-based publishing to its book selling role

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Retail book chain Dymocks is to become a publisher. The retailer has announced the October launch of a new web-based service, D Publishing, that will enable authors to take control of the professional creation, publishing and distribution of both printed books and eBooks.

Dymocks chief executive officer, Don Grover, said the new publishing service is a logical extension for the business. “We believe that D Publishing has the potential to significantly support and grow the book industry in Australia by providing more opportunities for Australian authors to create, publish, and sell their books,” said Grover, speaking from the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. “Unlike the traditional publishing model this service is driven by the author. If you are thinking about publishing your first, or one of many books, you should think of D Publishing.

“D Publishing will be an opportunity for all budding Australian authors to see their works in published form and available for purchase online, while a selection of titles may also be available in Dymocks stores across Australia. The launch of this service also allows us to give something back to our loyal community of Booklovers — offering them the opportunity to either publish their own works, or to contribute and offer feedback to other budding author’s books."

Grover said the company is committed to growing the local book industry. "We’re listening to our customers, adapting to this changing environment and investing in innovation,” he added.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Four services area available with D Publishing:

  1. Create My Book - publishers can used web based tools to turn a manuscript into a publishable book
  2. Improve My Book - designers and editors will help refine manuscripts; Dymock's Booklovers may give feedback on drafts
  3. Print My Book - printing on demand for personal or public distribution
  4. Publish and Distribute My Book - books can be available for retail through Dymocks and other bookersllers, with an ISBN, barcode and publishing imprint, as well as print on demand versions

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