Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What is an independent press?

For this blog, an independent press has some of the following features:

targets a specific market (for example: Arte Publico Press publishes bilingual books in Spanish and English)
publishes "edgier" stories
sometimes non-profit
university presses
publishes older works long-forgotten

Dalkey Archive Press is one of my favorites and exemplifies the small, independent press. They publish about 24 titles a year. Half of the titles are new fiction and the other half are reprints of older titles. Dalkey Archive also focuses on literature in translation.

Dalkey Archive books have a distinctive look--simple white covers with their symbol on the spine. In small, independent book stores, it is easy to scan the shelves and find them.

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