A Manifesto for Independent Publishers

By Susan Hawthorne  

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In a globalized world, megacorp publishing is all about numbers, sameness and following the formula of the latest megasuccess. Each book is expected to pay for itself and all the externalities of publishing. It means books that take off slowly but have long lives, books that change social norms, are less likely to be published.

Encapsulated in the term bibliodiversity, coined by Chilean publishers in the 1990s, independent publishers are envisioning a different way. Susan Hawthorne provides a scathing critique of the global publishing industry, set against a visionary proposal for “organic” publishing. She looks at free speech and fair speech, at the environmental costs of mainstream publishing and at the promises and the challenges of the move to digital.

Bibliodiversity can be read as a manifesto for the defence and promotion of diversity in all its forms, but also as a master class in ethics.”

— Juan Carlos Såez C., JC Såez Editor, Chile

  • EPUB
  • ISBN: 9781552667484
  • May 2015
  • For sale in Canada
  • Kindle
  • ISBN: 9781552668023
  • April 2015
  • For sale in Canada

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  • Foreword to the Canadian Edition by Errol Sharpe
  • Introduction
  • Bibliodiversity
  • One Size Fits All
  • The Soil
  • Multiversity
  • Production
  • Feminism
  • Pornography
  • Free Trade and Free Speech
  • Fair trade and Fair Speech
  • Recolonisation
  • Digital Bibliodiversity
  • Organic Publishing
  • Principles of Bibliodiversity
  • Bibliodiversity in the Twenty-first Century
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bibliography


  • Susan Hawthorne

    Susan Hawthorne is a poet, novelist, aerialist, political activist and author of ten books. She grew up on a farm in rural New South Wales. She has degrees in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit as well as in Philosophy, and a PhD in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Melbourne. In 2009, Susan was an Asialink Literature Resident at the University of Madras, India and is Adjunct Professor in the Writing Program at James Cook University, Townsville and an ASA Mentor. Susan is Director of Spinifex Press and has played a leading role among independent Australian publishers in innovative and eBook publishing.

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