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New Albion Press Returns

My electronic, mostly nonfiction press has been out of commission for a while, but now the web site is back up. Shelly and I met with the two partners in the venue for coffee and strategy. Our newest titles are the often-filmed novel Dangerous Liaisons and a collection of FDR's fireside chats. We've got a few more collections of speeches coming soon, but are also casting around for future non-fiction works. Maybe Burton, or Adams.

I guess digitizing books is more a winter project than a summer thing. Anyone got a favorite book that's out of copyright, that deserves a wider audience?


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Nov. 9th, 2003 05:54 pm (UTC)
I had no idea you had an electronic publishing company, Monkey! Geez, the secrets you keep from your friends! ::grin:: When did this start? How did this start? This is so d*mn cool!

And I love the idea of Burton! What about Franklin's memoirs?
Nov. 9th, 2003 07:42 pm (UTC)
Going on Three Years
The New Albion stuff has been going on almost 3 years, though the volume of titles is lower now than during the first year. It was initially a Reader-format-only venture, but has expanded to most of the Fictionwise formats for many of the titles.

The press has been a real education on what people really read. The speeches were a surprise success, and generally the non-fiction does better than the fiction.

I guess "The Discovery Of The Source Of The Nile" by John Hanning Speke and "The Lake Regions of Central Africa: From Zanzibar to Lake Tanganyika" by Sir Richard Francis Burton go on the list. Plus "Book of the Sword", "The Kama Sutra", and/or "The Arabian Nights".

I'm familiar with Franklin's "Autobiography" — are those the memoirs you mean?
Nov. 9th, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
other books
Hi Wolf.

Nothing immediately leaps to mind re: public domain texts oop save the more obscure stuff in William Morris' catalogue that I've never read.

Then again, in that mode of thought, I'd contact John Rateliff as he's probably got a list the length of his arm re: books that are out of print that are worth bringing back to light of day. Yeah, bring some Lord Dunsany back before Wildside Press beats you to it.....and www.wildsidepress.com is perhaps a site to check out re: what's being brought back into print from pd.....

who just thought of an idea: the lectures of Mark Twain (assuming those aren't still under copyright)
Nov. 10th, 2003 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm familiar with Franklin's "Autobiography" — are those the memoirs you mean?

Yup, that the one.

What lot of men you have on your list and how few women! Are you familiar with Gertrude Bell? She played a large role in shaping the borders of present-day Iraq and was a player in the region during and after World War I, right along with Lawrence of Arabia. (See her recent biography, Desert Queen by Janet Wallace, to learn more about her.) Given the situation in Iraq right now, some of her works about the time might be interesting additions to your list. If they're not in the public domain already, they should be soon. Look into titles including:
  • The Desert and the Sown, 1907
  • Amurath to Amurath, 1911
  • The Arabs of Mesopotamia, 1918
  • The Arab War, 1908
  • the_monkey_king
    Nov. 10th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
    Three of the four folks putting these books together are women, so our bias toward male authors is a shared one. Oddly, I'm the one who put together "Two Years in the Forbidden City" by Princess Der Ling.

    Gertrude Bell's books sound very interesting indeed. I'll see if I can find a clean copy to read and/or digitize. Would you recommend a particular volume?
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