Wednesday, February 13, 2013

E-lated that Hol Art Books Launches Free Publishing Effort

Hol Art Books, publisher of Amy Whitaker's hilarious and insightful  Museum Legs, has announced  a crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter to fund its People's eBook venture: an open, free platform for publishing books.  The concept will make the publication of electronic books user-friendly and FREE to the author.  Moreover, this publishing format will encourage creativity, as it will allow for books of any length and style.  (I have a few ideas up my sleeve already.)

Hol Art Books has supported the voices of contemporary art critics and art professionals for several years,  It publishes  new editions of out-of-print older books, such as Mortimer Menpes Whistler As I Knew Him, first published in 1904 (shortly after Whistler's death), and Dorothy Dudley's translation of Venus, a description of the Venus de Milo in the Louvre by the sculptor Auguste Rodin (first published in English in 1912).  And cutting-edge commentary, such as Francine Koslow Miller's Cashing in on Culture: Betraying the Trust at the Rose Art Museum.

For those of us interested in the centennial anniversary of the Armory Show (opened on February 15, 1913),  Documents of the 1913 Armory Show offers a complete collection of essays generated by the show in paperback and eBook form.

Greg Albers, founder and publisher of Hol Art Books, loves books that truly inform the reader about art and the art world (as Amy Whitaker's book surely does)   We are lucky to have this open-minded person on our side.

But don't just take my word for it: explore the project and the books on the Hol Art Books website.  The purchase of a paperback includes one eBook at no extra cost.

You will be glad you discovered this valuable source for your art-reading pleasure.

Here's to good reading and writing -
Beth New York

aka  Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange 

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