Still selling but a cover issue
The impending death of the bookstore and relentless march towards ebooks are not with us yet. Indeed, recent book trade statistics show a revival both of the printed book and the independent bookstore. Just how much that matters for academic authors is another matter, however. Nowadays, it is rare that an academic book is seen in an actual bookstore (and, if it is, not for long).
There are exceptions, of course, one of them for NIAS Press being Chris Hudson’s Beyond Singapore Girl, which continues to resonate (and sell) especially in the Singaporean society it analyses. Here it can be seen in this line of books recently photographed in a Kinokuniya bookstore in Singapore.
Note that all of these books appear spine-out. That is a brutal reality for most books found in any bookstore or library. So, does the cover actually matter? Yes, it does. Here is why.
- Feb. 29 2016
After a year of 48-hour days and frantic juggling, first copies of the printed volume of End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, edited by David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa, finally reached the NIAS Press office this morning.