The inspired and storied history of the Texas Book Publishers Association
A few years ago the Davis Brothers Printing Co of Waco closed. This was one more in a long list of Texas printers and publishers closing forever. This was hardly a canary in a coal mine. We have been watching the Texas Publishing industry erode over the years through acquisitions, mergers and shrinking marketplace.
I picked up the remaining inventory with the intent of adding these titles to my growing catalog at Iron Mountain Press, and John M. Hardy Publishing Co., of Houston Texas. My own interest was served by continuing to publish Texas Literature and Texas History. .
But I really didn’t think it through well enough to be successful. .
The books weren’t in retail condition. Most did not have ISBNs imprinted on or in the book and there wasn’t a bar code to be found. These books were printed decades prior to bar coding was made mandatory. I determined that these historical seminal works of Texas history and literature and must be conserved and made available for future generations. .
But why stop there right? .
The growing problem is the shrinking Texas publishing industry, and with it goes Texas literature, Texas history and legacy. Texas heritage was being eroded away through loss of market, access, and availability. .
This is my solution.
We acquire lost manuscripts and out of print books, as well as their respective printing, distribution and publishing right and reconstitute the title in a digital format for POD, Print-On-Demand, and electronic editions and distribution worldwide and for future generations. .
To keep the lights on and the mission funded, we sell the books. Not just any books, these are Texas historical and seminal works. Some are original first editions and first prints like the First Edition of the The Texas Almanac (1857-1873) or Ed Syers Off the Beaten Trail. .
We promote Texas literature through lectures, social media campaigns, and static displays. And we help other publishers do the same. .
Browse around, drop us a line, submit a book or suggest a project. If there is anything we can do to help you and your own publishing projects, just let us know. .