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The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing: Helping Patrons and Communities Use Free and Low-Cost Publishing Tools to Tell Their Stories
By Walt Crawford
Publication Date: January, 2012
Price: $34.65

"Walt Crawford's The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing is a timely and lucid introduction to an important publishing trend. But it is also a remarkably straightforward blueprint for the production of a quality manuscript. Recommended not only for librarians, but for the many budding authors whose works may soon overwhelm our shelves."

—James LaRue,
director, Douglas County (CO) Libraries

In this timely book, Walt Crawford explains the how, what, and why of libraries and community micropublishing. He details the use of no-cost/low-cost publishing tools Lulu and CreateSpace and equips librarians to guide their patrons in the production of quality print books. He offers step-by-step instructions for using MS Word to design and edit manuscripts that can be printed in flexible quantities via on-demand technology.

No stone goes unturned as Crawford demonstrates how, with a little attention to detail, anyone can produce books that rival the output of professional publishers. His advice is geared to making it easy for librarians to support local publishing without any additional budget, and libraries purchasing the book are granted permission to reproduce and supply key sections to their aspiring authors.

"In The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing, Walt Crawford offers a thorough look at what libraries can do to support small publishing ventures by their patrons. The information provided is both clear and concise."

—Robin Hastings,
information technology coordinator,
Missouri River Regional Library

"The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing … should become a primary reference for anyone looking to publish on any scale. This book focuses on the practical and mundane details of micropublishing, and the various skills needed to create, produce, and promote. It also contains information valuable to any future published author and the librarian trying to provide insight into the publishing industry."

—Maurice Coleman,
host/producer, T is for Training

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