New Direction, New Momentum


by - August 18th, 2011


Plenty of things have been happening in the world of ebooks over the past few weeks, but for the first time I’ve been too busy working on an exciting project of my own to post about them. That project isย Momentum, a new digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, which was announced today. As a publisher for Momentum, I’ll be looking for books to publish globally, from writers who are digitally savvy, switched on to the possibilities of electronic publishing and, perhaps most importantly, know how to tell a good story.

Momentum will be launching in February 2012 with aย truly amazing stable of frontlist authors. I am honoured to get the chance to work with each of these writers, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with new and established authors alike in the future.

We also want to hear from authors who have older titles that are out of print or yet to be digitised who want to inject new life into their old books. There are potentially thousands of books out there that can no longer be accessed online or off and no longer provide an income for the authors who wrote them. Momentum will give these writers the opportunity to breathe new life into previously published work and make them accessible for a new audience of digital readers.

Accessibility is going to be the name of the game for Momentum. Momentum ebooks will be available globally and at an affordable price. The Smell of Books has provided me with a wonderful excuse to listen to digital readers, and I think there is a lot I can do to make the relationship between readers and publishers as open as possible. This is going to be a tremendously exciting time, so I hope you’ll spread the word and contribute your thoughts, ideas and hopefully your books!

As part of this new direction, I’ll be shifting the Smell of Books to a new independent location. I’ll still be blogging on all things bookish, digital and tech, but as the demands of Momentum will be a bigger drain on my time, I’d like to make room for new voices here at Booku. If you’d like to keep up with the Smell of Books, please head over to www.thesmellofbooks.com where I’ll continue to post rants, analysis and news about the digital publishing world. You can also follow me on Twitter @joelnaoum. It’s been a blast, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the people here at Booku and Boomerang Books, especially Clayton Wehner and my fellow bloggers over at Boomerang.

To find out more about Momentum, visit the website at www.momentumbooks.com.au and follow Momentum on Twitter @momentumbooks.

 


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8 Responses to “New Direction, New Momentum”

  1. Blue Tyson Says:

    82% of the board of this company nicknamed lightning at school, presumably. Not like doing this several years ago would have given them a jup on the competition, exports and a leadership position or anything.

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  2. Blue Tyson Says:

    82% of the board of this company nicknamed lightning at school, presumably. Not like doing this several years ago would have given them a jup on the competition, exports and a leadership position or anything.

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  3. admin Says:

    Joel – congratulations on the new business and we wish you all the very best for its future success. We have really appreciated your work blogging for us and you’re always welcome back! We look forward to hearing much more about Momentum in coming months. Do keep in touch.

    Clayton Wehner
    Boomerang Books and Booku

  4. admin Says:

    Joel – congratulations on the new business and we wish you all the very best for its future success. We have really appreciated your work blogging for us and you’re always welcome back! We look forward to hearing much more about Momentum in coming months. Do keep in touch.

    Clayton Wehner
    Boomerang Books and Booku

  5. Sophia Says:

    Congratulations and best of luck with the new venture. I’ll keep following you on twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sophia Says:

    Congratulations and best of luck with the new venture. I’ll keep following you on twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Celia Says:

    Congrats, Joel! Wonderful news. Sorry I haven’t got a book to offer but I’m sure there’ll be lots coming your way.

  8. Celia Says:

    Congrats, Joel! Wonderful news. Sorry I haven’t got a book to offer but I’m sure there’ll be lots coming your way.