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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Maps of Antietam--Coming Soon!

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From "Ted's Daily Memo" (front right, home page of our website):

Just reviewed an advance finished copy of The Maps of Antietam by Brad Gottfried, our latest in the Savas Beatie Military Atlas series. It is stunning. Books hit our warehouse the last week of May. If you want a first edition, order fast. I don't think we printed enough of this one. --tps

Specs: 125 full-page original full color maps opposite full-page text description, extensive end notes, orders of battle, bibliography, index. Foreword by Dr. Thomas Clemens, 7 x 10, cloth, dust jacket, acid-free 70# art-matte coated paper, sewn binding. 344 pages. $39.95

Click here for the main Maps of Antietam web page, and read an excerpt (left column) and see a map.

I love all these atlas books, but God do I LOVE this one.

--tps

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DOJ Decides e-Book Price Fixing is a Top Priority

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The Justice Department is pouncing on statements by Apple like “aikido move” and “trounce Amazon” to prove its case that Apple was the hub of a illegal conspiracy to fix the price of e-books.
While the statements sounds serious, the government’s overall explanation of Apple’s role in the conspiracy is far from convincing.  Read more HERE.

Another article, slightly different perspective is "Why e-books cost so much." The average person has no idea about how LITTLE the cost of printing is when it comes to pricing a book. It is probably 15%, give or take, of the cost of a title. Everything else is acquisition, editing, design, indexing (in some cases), marketing, wages, overhead, etc. Read more HERE. The comments, for the most part, are pathetically ignorant.

Curious as to your thoughts.

-- tps

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Daily Memo

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I often hear this question: "What exactly do you guys do each day?"

I thought about that recently and decided to post "Ted's Daily Memo"--found on the right side of our home page next to our blog links--for a quick hit about what we are engaged in each day. Hope you enjoy it.

Here is today's memo: 

I have edited, developmentally and otherwise, most of our books over the years, but the past couple years have been bringing in other editors. Finding good ones is very hard. I think I have 2-3 solid editors now, which is a real relief and will allow me to grow the company. One of the books I am keeping to edit is Lance Herdegen's The Iron Brigade in the Civil War, his magnum opus soup-to-nuts treatment. This is a stunning lifetime accomplishment with so much no one has ever read (or seen, since Lance has dozens of previously unpublished photos as well). Right now, the Western boys have just finished their first combat as a brigade when Jackson surprised them at Groveton in late August 1862. Stonewall really had an opportunity there--and blew it. --tps