Bibliodiversity Journal

Bibliodiversity – the journal on changes in world of book and publishing

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The notion of bibliodiversity, which rapidly gained currency and is rich in potential, remains little explored and debated, with limited thorough analysis, perhaps even inadequately used – at times reduced to a slogan. It was primordial not to let it weaken further. Furthermore, the two co-publishers – the International Alliance of independent publishers and Double ponctuation – wish to contribute to research, development of intellectual and operational tools, compilation of testimonies and experiences that can help understand the changes in the world of book and publishing. Finally, there aren’t many spaces for studying the process of change through international, intercultural and interdisciplinary lenses.

The Bibliodiversity journal is available in print and digital formats: since January 2019, the journal is a pay publication. The selling price however does not cover all the costs associated with the production of such a journal – however, the transition to a pay journal could bring us closer towards achieving a financial balance, a necessary condition for the sustainability of the journal. The selling price was adapted to the purchasing power in the various geographical areas, for greater accessibility to readers.

Bibliodiversity’ journal

Self-publishing (January 2019) / Coordinated by Sylvie Bosser

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Selling price (print version): 10 Euros; 15 Canadian Dollars; 10 Swizz Francs; 6 000 CFA Francs.
ISSN number: 2650-0205
Selling price (digital version, PDF): 5 Euros; 8 Canadian Dollars; 5 Swizz Francs; 3 000 CFA Francs.
ISSN number: 1775-3759

Abstract of the issue:
Self-publishing is less and less perceived as an egocentric, narcissistic act – perhaps even spiteful. Bypassing the selective function of a third party (the publisher) in favour of a direct relationship with the potential reader - whether by choice or by necessity, when one has been rejected by those “in the know”- seems on the contrary perfectly in tune with the signs of our times, which advocates for transversal relations, fewer intermediaries and direct relationships between producers and consumers, quicker channels, wariness towards experts, elites and comitology.
If self-publishing is uninhibited, it is vibrant in its digital format, where entry requirements are now minor. However, is self-publishing a vector of bibliodiversity?
The notion of “independence” is also questioned by this development in terms of production. Indeed, the United States has often spoken of “indie” authors or ebooks, this figure of the independent author being now also assimilated and claimed in the French context. But what kind of independence are we talking about?

Contents of “Self-publishing”:

  • Self-publishing: a vector of bibliodiversity? / By Sylvie Bosser, University of Paris 8
  • Self-publishing in French literature. A historical overview of a multidimensional publishing practice / By Olivier Bessard-Banquy, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne
  • Self-published authors on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Motivations, identities, practices and expectations / By Stéphanie Parmentier, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne
  • Self-publishing of comics. A specific route into publishing / By Kevin Le Bruchec, University of Paris 13
  • The (in)visible third party. Mentoring emerging writers: a process that encourages self-publishing / By Marie Caffari and Johanne Mohs, Berne University of the Arts
  • Self-publishing: a unique phenomenon by its nature, scope and actors. Analysis of self-publishing in Latin America and beyond / By Daniel Benchimol, for the CERLALC
  • Literary self-publishing in Morocco. Conditions, challenges and social significations of an growing cultural practice / By Kaoutar Harchi, Centre for Research on Social Links
  • Self-publishing in Iran. A story of a dilemma against a backdrop of audacity / Case study of Azadeh Parsapour, publisher
  • Les Éditions du Net. An interview with Henri Mojon / By Sylvie Bosser, University of Paris 8

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Public Book Policies (to be published in June 2019)

This issue of Bibliodiversity Journal is coordinated by Luc Pinhas (University of Paris 13).

It will include a synthesis of the Alliance’s public book policies mapping in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information, read the call for papers.

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“Minority” languages (to be published in June 2019)

This issue of Bibliodiversity’ journal is coordinated by Nathalie Carré (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, INALCO, France) and Raphaël Thierry (University of Mannheim, Germany).

Read the call for papers for the issue.

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