E-book Experiences: April 19

Book Publishers Northwest encourages members to discuss their e-book experiences at the April 19 meeting.  Led by publisher Robert M. Goldstein (Rivendell Publishing NW), we will examine how e-books can help a publishers’ bottom line. The meeting begins at 4 pm at Room 202 in the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle.  Meetings are free and open to people interested in learning more about the business side of book publishing.

Last year’s Pub U scholar, Bob attended the IBPA Publishing University in New York. “A prime conference issue was whether e-publishing is a net benefit for small publishers,” he said “I think the answer is yes. I learned about some interesting demographic information on who e-readers are, growth in overall sales, and how one can converting their book to one of the e-book platforms, information on pricing points and marketing platforms.”

He plans to discuss what he learned from executives from Amazon, Google, Smashwords, Cursor, and Kobo as well as review the place of the small publisher in today’s emerging e-book market.

More About Our Speaker

Bob Goldstein is the author of The Gentleman from Finland – Adventures of on the Trans-Siberian Express, winner of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award for best travel book, and Riding with Reindeer – A Bicycle Odyssey through Finland, Lapland and Arctic Norway, a finalist for the 2010 Indy Book Award. In 2005, Bob established Rivendell Publishing Northwest, as the publisher and marketer of his books. Rivendell has converted both titles to e-books, which has helped attract new readers to both books from throughout the world.

When not working at publishing and writing, Bob is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Seattle Public Library and currently holds a similar position with the Kitsap County Library System. Prior to transitioning to his library jobs, Bob was a journalist. He worked as a reporter for the Walla Walla Union Bulletin and the Bellevue Journal-American. He holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Oregon State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.