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OR Books Celebrates New Yoko Ono Book With NYC Rooftop Party

Colin Robinson of OR Books with author Yoko Ono

Over elderberry and cucumber water and views of the Empire State Building, OR Books toasted author Yoko Ono and her new work Acorn at the Refinery Hotel’s rooftop in New York City this week.

The work is Ono’s first book in almost 50 years. It is a collection of short thoughtful meditations designed to pick up and read here and there for inspirations. “It is short enough that you don’t have to think about reading a whole page,” Ono told party guests.

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Che Guevara Book Argues ‘The CIA Got Away with Murder’

Author and attorney Michael Ratner collaborated with Michael Steven Smith on a nonfiction book exploring the life of revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.

OR Books will release Who Killed Che?: How the CIA Got Away with Murder on September 1st, Guevara’s 83rd birthday. Cuban National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcón wrote an introduction.

Ratner is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. He wrote The Prosecution of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book and co-authored The Pinochet Papers and Against War with Iraq and Guantánamo: What the World Should Know.

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OR Books To Publish Twitter Account of Egyptian Revolution

On April 21st, OR Books will publish Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as It Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It, a collection of dispatches and photographs from Twitter users during Egypt’s dramatic transfer of power last month.

The book contains “a selection of key tweets in a compelling, fast-paced narrative, allowing the story of the uprising to be told directly by the people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.” The collection will be edited by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, with a foreward by author Ahdaf Soueif.

OR Books co-publisher Colin Robinson explained: “There’s something in the air this spring – a new and heady sense that change is possible. The young people who so bravely occupied Tahrir Square and got rid of a dictator have set and example that’s reverberating around the world. At OR Books we’re delighted to  be publishing, at the breakneck speed our model allows, a book that describes how they did, it in their own words, all from Twitter. There’s never been a book quite like it before.  With its staccato delivery and multiple viewpoints,  it captures the drama and emotion of the protests with great vividness. This is history in the making, exhilaratingly alive on the page.”

OR Books Teams Up with St. Mark’s Bookstore

ORBooks.pngSt. Mark’s Bookstore in New York City has partnered with publisher OR Books. Now, customers can purchase select print and digital books from the OR Books’ list through the store website.

Co-publisher John Oakes had this statement: “We look forward to expanding this program to other stores around the country and around the globe. We see no reason why Google Editions should have all the fun. This approach will benefit the store, the publisher, and any independent-minded reader with Internet access.”

Store owner Bob Contant expressed satisfaction that the store now sells books in all formats. OR Books‘ unofficial motto is, “No book printed until it’s sold.” OR Books imprint Mischief + Mayhem will be represented at our eBook Summit on December 15th. Last week we interviewed OR Books co-founder Colin Robinson, getting his thoughts on digital handselling.

Colin Robinson & OR Books: Handselling Online

orlogo.jpgToday’s guest on Mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu was Colin Robinson, co-founder of the new publisher, OR Books. The company focuses on a stripped-down distribution model with the unofficial motto, “No book printed until it’s sold.”

Robinson discussed OR’s newest book (Rich People Things),  book promotion strategies, and what he learned after he lost his job at a major publisher. Press play below to listen to the whole interview.

Here’s an excerpt: “At first we just put up some big ads on all the big sites. We did a lot of big advertising on places like The Nation and The Guardian, on BoingBoing and AlterNet … We’ve realized over the last year [that] blanket advertising is useful for putting the book into the Zeitgiest–but what really sells books on the Internet is a kind of handselling.”

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Melville House Launches Book Trailer Awards Ceremony

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In an effort to celebrate the world’s best and worst book trailers, Melville House has launched the first annual Moby Awards–a genuine red carpet ceremony held at The Griffin in Manhattan on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

They are now accepting nominations for a variety of categories: Best Big Budget Book Trailer; Best Low Budget Book Trailer; Best Cameo in a Book Trailer, Best Author Appearance in a Book Trailer and Least Likely to Actually Sell the Book.

The awards will be judged by a panel of publishing folk, including this GalleyCat editor, Slate.com‘s Troy Patterson, the LA TimesCarolyn Kellogg, OR Books’ Colin Robinson, and Melville House Publishing’s Megan Halpern.

Email here to RSVP. More details about the event follow after the jump.

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Apps for Tablet Computers

ipadk.jpgToday Amazon (AMZN) unveiled screen-shots of a Kindle App for tablet computers, including the Apple (AAPL) iPad–the device that has already caused behind-the-scenes problems and will create competition for the online bookseller.

eBookNewser has the analysis: “The iPad will be the first device to comfortably offer access to a number of eBookstores and platforms. Most readers who use iPad to view eBooks will have their library spread across multiple eReaders–iBooks, Stanza, Ibis, Google, and, of course, Kindle. One of iPad’s biggest effects on eBooks may be to facilitate the transition from readers identifying as users of a particular device–’I have a Kindle’–to identifying as eBook readers who simply say, ‘I read a lot of eBooks.’”

At the same time, OR Books co-publisher Colin Robinson urged other publishers to abandon Amazon: “we have simple message for publishers being menaced in this way: You are in an abusive relationship. It’s doing little for you that you can’t do better yourselves. It’s time to say ‘IT’S OVER.’”

Finally, the New York Times reports on Perseus Books Group’s new deal with Apple for the iPad. Here’s an excerpt: “Perseus’s deal comes as Amazon.com, the largest online seller of printed books and the biggest e-book seller in the United States, has put pressure on publishers who have not yet signed deals with Apple to refrain from doing so.”