Dorchester Publishing, a staple in the romance genre and the house that launched the careers of authors such as Christine Feehan, Marjorie M. Liu and C.L. Wilson, is moving into the digital sphere with all future titles to be exclusively released as e-books, starting with their September releases. That means the books will no longer be printed in paperback and will not be available in local stores.
"These are like pioneer times in publishing. We felt like we needed to take some chances and make a bold move," Dorchester President John Prebich told Publisher's Weekly. In keeping with that sentiment, the company announced today that it will no longer be publishing mass-market novels, and although it will continue to offer print copies for its book club business, they will now use a print-on-demand service for select titles.
According the PW report, Prebich cited falling retail sales as the primary concern for Dorchester. In 2009, print book sales were down by 25% with even greater losses this year. However, at the same time their e-book business has shown "remarkable growth" according to the article.