LEVEL UP: Which edition works for you?
“Folded Word explores the world once voice at a time via little books that breathe.”
The above statement has been included in every press release we’ve sent out for the last year. It was developed after an extensive rebranding effort conducted over the course of 2015 in response to editorial changes made that year. 2016 brought additional changes that have stretched into 2017 as we’ve had to get creative with our production + distribution options now that our titles frequently contain images as well as text. We’ve also been developing a more physical presence in New England, attending live events where we interact with (and learn from) you, our readers.
What’s become clear during this process is that one size does not fit all. Some of you make selections based on price. Some of you make selections based on quality of the printed artifact. You value legibility, accessibility, and ecological responsibility. You enjoy bespoke design and the feel of a well-balanced book in your hand. Fortunately you also appreciate our efforts in these areas, even when we don’t achieve perfection.
Whether hand-bound or printed on demand, our titles have always included a print choice with an ebook option eventually joining in. Now we’re offering three editions, released in the following stages:
- Sustainable Edition. An edition printed locally (in Maine) without chemical solvents or plastics, our Sustainable Edition is reserved for those of you who like to support presses/authors by buying direct. Covers have brighter colors protected by a water-based UV coating. Textblocks are printed on 70# Cougar Natural paper in a process that preserves the finer details of black & white images. Endpapers will vary based on the design and content of the book. This edition will be available for pre-order at least a month before a title’s official launch date. List price will be $14-16 depending on page count.
- Accessible Edition. A digital edition published on the Kindle platform, our Accessible Edition can be read anywhere on any app-based device. Text is reflowable with text-to-speech and enhanced typesetting enabled. This edition will be available on the title’s official launch date. List price will be $3.99-5.99 depending on the print edition’s page count and number of images included. Note: If you have a Kindle Unlimited membership, please download and read our titles. You may not pay anything extra, but we do get compensated per read from Amazon:-)
- Global Edition. An edition printed on demand in the closest facility near you, our Global Edition is for those of you who love to shop at online booksellers…wherever you live. Covers have a soft matte-laminate coating. Textblocks are printed on 55# FSC® certified creme paper in a process that prints black and white illustrations well (struggles a bit with photographic shades of grey). No endpapers. This edition will be available through the Ingram Distribution network three months after a title’s official launch date. List price will be $12-14 depending on page count.
We hope that, no matter what kind of reader you are, one of these editions will work for you!