I made this PPT for my International Publishing course after a Discussion Board debate earlier in the semester, where some of my colleagues were repulsed by small, vanity and POD presses. Obviously they needed to know about the entire history of publishing (my own knowledge of the specifics of publishing history is limited, but I understand the value of the small press). So for my PPT project I decided to try to enlighten them a little about “small press” publishing and its relevance to them as future librarians. Given only 25 slides and tons and tons of writing on the history of the book, I could not condense all the possible information into the presentation. Even this presentation is a little wordy for a normal PPT presentation– this would probably take an hour and a half to deliver.
Full disclosure: I run my own small press, Outside Voices, which uses POD technology to publish limited runs of avant-garde literature. Our POD printer allows us to choose high-quality materials as if we were publishing larger runs. Some of my International Publishing colleagues are also small press and little magazine publishers (Buffalo is a very artsy place, and thus its MLS program is probably more artsy than most.)