Monday, March 3, 2014

Maine Authors get a Real Taste of Print On Demand

Book being removed from the EBM. Clip from EBM YouTube video
 by  On Demand Books use with permission.
The public is invited to experience 21st Century Print On Demand (POD) technology as Maine authors published by Just Write Books gather for author visits and book signings March 22 at 2 p.m. at Books-a-Million! (BAM!) 430 Gorham Rd, South Portland.

Maine authors published by Just Write Books and BAM! have joined together to provide a state of the art "show and tell" to book lovers.

POD is the technology that allows books to be printed in small quantities—even a single copy at a print.

Books-a-Million! has gone one step beyond. An Espresso Book Machine (EBM)was delivered late last year to the South Portland store. Since that time Jean Jackson of BAM! has been printing books at the customer's request.

Just Write Books authors Paul Betit, Robert Chute, Barbara Kent Lawrence, Norma Salway, Tom Seymour and Susan Lebel Young will be available to meet with readers and sign books hot of the press—actually directly from the EBM.

According to a Books-A-Million! press release, "The EBM is the only digital-to-print at retail solution on the market."

"In the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee," according to Jean Jackson of BAM! the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size providing easy access to over seven million titles instantly through the EBM distribution system. These titles are available through partnerships with publishers and distributors such as Lightning Source.

The Man in the Canal
by Paul Betit
Paul Betit will be signing copies of his latest book THE MAN IN THE CANAL. THE MAN IN THE CANAL is third in the John Murphy trilogy of mystery-suspense stories. In his latest mystery-suspense novel, John Murphy of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division goes undercover in Sweden during the summer of 1971 to find a murderer believed to be hiding among the group of American military deserters who took refuge in the Scandinavian country during the Vietnam War.

Robert Chute's latest book published by Just Write Books is EXCUSE FOR BEING HERE: Life Among Thoreau's Reflections. Timed for the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth, Excuse has three parts: Robert M. Chute's most excellent poetry, a memoir of sorts and the story of a life relating to Henry David Thoreau beginning in a one-room schoolhouse and continuing today as Chute lives a simple life in Maine.

MAINE-LY PEOPLE: SHORT STORIES AND TALL PHOTOS by Paul Cunningham is a compilation of character and photo essays of Maine people at their fines from Cunningham's three decades of photojournalism in Maine.

Barbara Kent Lawrence will sign her novel ISLANDS OF TIME. Linda Greenlaw said about Islands, "I really like it. The story about a girl from away falling in love with a year-round kid from Maine, then coming back as an adult to reclaim herself, resonates with me. It’s also a love song to the people and landscape of Maine.

Wild Plants of Maine:
A Useful Guide

Tom Seymour
I'M JUST A KID, YOU KNOW! by Norma Salway offers stories of the lessons that a Salway learned from her students. Cry, laugh and squirm but enjoy this book of kids in the classroom and the teacher whose heart was touched by many over her three decades of teaching.

Tom Seymour's WILD PLANTS OF MAINE: A USEFUL GUIDE is a perennial favor outlining how to find, how to use wild plants of Maine. This revision has added plants and mushrooms and photos and more uses for nearly a dozen plants. It was good before. Now Tom Atwell in the Maine Sunday Telegram says, " A lot of information is jammed into this book’s 164 pages."

Susan Lebel Young will meet her fans and sign FOOD FIX: ANCIENT NOURISHMENT FOR MODERN HUNGERS.Food Fix offers a series of stories about her life, lessons she has learned about food, mindfulness and living

Just Write Books is a publishing house offering Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Titles published by JWB are available at your local bookstore, at and other online retailers.

To learn more about the Espresso Book Machine go to: or watch a video about the EBM:

To contact Books a Million!, South Portland call: (207) 253-5587

For more information about any JWB author go to the publisher's website and follow the links for author blogs and websites.

FMI about Just Write Books or this event contact:

Nancy E. Randolph
Just Write Books
14 Munroe Lane, Topsham, ME 04086

 p. 207-729-3600  f. 207-729-4600 c. 207-837-0558

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Bookspublishing Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk projectbuilding a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly:

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