Sunday, March 22, 2009

Publishers Clearing House

What are your thoughts on publishing companies? Do you have any favourites- ones whose books you turn to more often and on purpose? I'd venture to say that most of mine are from Random House. But honestly, it's because they sent me a bunch of freebies, not from any particular loyalty. My reviews haven't been swayed. Still, they get more people talking about their books and we get freebies, so it's win-win even if we sometimes give bad reviews, right? I find those people who support smaller publishers admirable, but I've never really actively sought them out. Recently, I also found myself reading a lot of Drawn and Quarterly books, but I'd been participating in a Graphic Novels Challenge, and D & Q seems to have cornered that market in Canada.

What about you?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

To be honest, I have never really paid a lot of attention to the publisher. I probably should.

Sam said...

Over the years, I've learned to trust certain publishers over others but all of the publishing mergers in recent years have confused the issue for me.

I do have favorite publishers still based on the quality of their physical product. I hate hardcovers printed on cheap paper and using cheap boards. A little extra quality in the product makes all the difference to me.

Teddy Rose said...

I have been lucky and have been approached by many different publishers to review books. I only take books that I am really interested in. Every once in awhile I'll take one that's not from my normal favorite genres for a change of pace.

I have had good experiences with all the publishers I have worked with so far. I have been approched by publishers that I don't want to work with but that is because they pretty much focus on one genre, one that I don't care for. Such as christian fiction, etc.

Remi said...

I'm partial to Coach House Books but more because when I'm wandering around the Annex at night I love to wander down the alley behind what was once Rochdale College and see a press in action.

Besides, they print wonderful small press books I go back to again and again - 'All My Friends Are Superheroes', 'Eunoia', the Utopia series of books about Toronto and even a book celebrating what Toronto does best - concrete buildings.

JK said...

I can go further than a specific publisher, I'm partial to an imprint. I am always drawn (whether consciously or not) to Vintage books (and imprint of Random House). I am repeatedly drawn to their design and their content when I'm in an Indigo (or maybe they just buy most of the table space). But in any case, I've come to trust them because they usually don't let me down.

That said, for beautiful book objects, you often can't do better than places that print their own - Coach House or Gaspereau Press (in Kentville, NS).

John Mutford said...

Barbara: I usually pay attention, but after the fact.

Sam: The quality angle is something I've only recently started paying attention to. There's a certain publisher that annoys me their insistence on glossy photographs for their covers.

Teddy: I must say that while Random House is probably looked at by some as the biggie, therefore the baddie, the people I've dealt with their give it a very personable approachable touch.

Remi: I've enjoyed a lot of theirs, too.

JK: So much better than those that use stock photos for cover art.