In the third chapter, the author explains the no-cost/low-cost approach to micropublishing, which takes advantage of common software like Microsoft Word and uses service agencies to sell, print, and ship the book to readers.
A bonus is that any library that purchases at least one new copy of the print edition of this book can provide free print photocopies to patrons of chapters 46, which deal in detail with the techniques for formatting a manuscript for micropublishing. Additionally, a free companion website offers downloads of the Word templates discussed in the book.
For example, should the library just provide the software and assistance, or should the library act as a publisher, establishing an imprint for micropublishing patrons?
Micropublishing is fundamentally an innovative concept, based on a different model than both traditional publishing and traditional self-publishing.
Although the book mentions micropublishing as an academic publishing strategy for small, open access journals, it would serve only as an early starting point for an academic library wishing to pursue such an endeavor.
The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing: Helping Patrons and Communities Use Free and Low-Cost Publishing Tools To Tell Their Stories
Crawford, a retired library systems analyst/programmer provides librarians and authors with a guide to micropublishing
that explains how it works, the steps of book publishing and how micropublishing
affects them, the tools and software needed (including low-cost options and no-cost service providers like Lulu and CreateSpace), and how community members can use print-on-demand services to publish various types of books that look similar to those published by trade publishers, from genealogy to local history to books by writing groups.
According to Media Guerrilla Mike Manuel, more companies and organizations are beginning to use the medium as an easy form of micropublishing
to a targeted and interested audience who can receive the updated information almost instantaneously.
Harary now applies his Hollywood savvy to getting clients coverage in Micropublishing
Times, Wired and MacWeek.
Buehler provides special coverage of micropublishing
requirements and a useful bibliography.
SoftLine Information, Inc., a new electronic publishing company formed by key principals and executives of JA micropublishing
, has announced the introduction of the Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW).