Sunday, June 13, 2010

Great New Law and Society Publishing Venture


Alan Childress of Tulane Law School has set up a new publishing house of great interest to law and society scholars as well as others. Alan posted in Legal Profession Blog:

As a follow-up to my post yesterday on republishing the Kadish & Kadish classic and others as a Kindle book or an ebook, I announce more generally that I seek submissions to publish digitally your still-relevant dissertation or monograph-length thesis.  This is to post on Amazon and other sites for use on iPad, Kindle, and Nook, and related apps on PC, Mac, iPhone, and BlackBerry.  The fields are legal ethics, law, law and society, and legal history or biography. This would not be an SSRN-type download but instead would be marketed as a regular Kindle book and the like and available to a broader international market, easily searched on Amazon, Google, and Barnes and Noble sites. 
This is unlike some digital-dissertation services that essentially make it a vanity press by having it as a download from their site; my goal is to turn it into a real book, for use with readers and researchers through real channels and read by every device, with working links and footnotes. (And also unlike those sites, my royalty rate is much higher, and your book will accompany not only other dissertations but classic works in law and society, brought back digitally.)  Eventually they will also be featured on this website, but mainly on Amazon and iBooks.  Editing services are available for outsourcing at good rates (with legal writing professors!), but I will do all production, formatting, and marketing.
This service is not exclusive, in the sense that you are free to submit your work elsewhere in the meantime and pull it from this program should it be accepted by Penn Press or OUP ("making it to the show"), or for whatever reason; I'd facilitate that. This is exclusively digital publishing and is not meant to interfere with your parsing parts of it for articles (even to SSRN) or your seeking traditional publication of the whole.  Contact me at this email address with topic, description, and the history of your manuscript, and the goals you have for it, if interested. The imprint, as with the book above, would be with Quid Pro, these in a Dissertation Series or by subject matter, e.g., Legal Ethics. There is also an option of taking a reduced rate but funding a nonprofit law student project, which incentivizes a Facebooky student salesforce for you so it would seem to be the smart move.
Alan is about to revive some of the law and society classics by Selznick, Auerbach, Skolnick, and Messenger. Alan got his Ph.D from Berkeley--you can tell. And the picture at the top is from a new book he's published on Amazon.

Quid Pro Books is here and you can email Alan at quidprolaw@gmail.com.

Alan is doing a great job on this and I can think of quite a few Ph.Ds lying around that could usefully be published here. Do it.
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