Indie presses are slowly but steadily getting into the e-book game, and watching how they take advantage of new technology and new distribution methods will certainly be an obsession of this blog. Prestigious Canadian indie press Coach House Books (which also distributes in the US) has recently gotten back into the e-book biz, making some of its fiction, nonfiction and poetry titles available as PDFs from its Web site.
Coach House first began making its titles available electronically in 1997, making the house the firsts Canadian publisher to do so. The e-books were free, and readers were encouraged to give the authors tips. This program continued until funding ran out in 2002.
Last week, according to Canadian publishing news source Quill and Quire, Coach House started doing e-books again, this time for money. The house is starting with 10 titles, priced between $10.95 and $12.95. Coach House plans to add more after assessing customer interest.