The small independent press Western Eye Publications has a Christmas/New Years/Holiday/Everyday Ebook gift for everyone: Unknown Patagonia, a photo album by Linde Waidhofer containing some quite incredible images of the untouched wilds of the southern tip of the South American continent. The actual art book is for sale on the Western Eye website, but the author has made the ebook version of her work available in a .pdf file for free downloading to your computer or device.
Other ebook versions of the Linde Waidhofer’s work are also available on the site, under an unusual and interesting honor payment plan. Some of the subjects include high altitude wildflowers and forests in the Rockies, the Red Rock country, Mexico, and the marble caverns of Lago Carrerra in Chilean Patagonia.
I was exploring the website because Western Eye is the publisher of local author Dick Dorworth’s works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Perfect Turn and Night Driving (available at the library), and will publish his new book, The Straight Course; Speed Skiing in the Sixties. The book includes many of Dorworth’s unique stories and experiences in the deadly sport of speed skiing, including 1963, the year he set the speed skiing record in Portillo, Chile.
Western Eye’s founder, Lito Tejada-Flores, has been writing about skis, skiing and ski history for decades, and his ski books in the Community Library catalog stretch from 1972 to 2010. His forward-thinking ski books have outlasted massive changes in the ski industry and ski equipment, as his focus remained on balance and ergonomic fit over gear and style fads. His independent publishing foray is just as forward thinking, and uses some brand new Book Show widgets to showcase two art books by Harriet Johns and John Reeves. Visitors to the website can virtually page through the art books before purchase, much as one can in a bookstore.
Dorworth’s new book will hit the shelves of the library as soon as it is released, and I hope to load a copy of the Unknown Patagonia and other ebooks on one of our Nooks once I get the publisher’s and author’s permission to use it for the Library. It’s worth a visit to Western Eye to see how small independent publishers are adapting to the new publishing landscape so dominated by the Amazons and other virtual Big Box purveyors.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite independent publisher out there, and are they successfully networking on the web? Pass on links!