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Seniors Embrace Self-Publishing


Originally posted by Diane C. Lade on Courier-Journal

There are far more pay-to-publish options today, including on-demand printing that lets customers order one book at a time. Local libraries now are more likely to place donated copies on their shelves, given that self-published works like the erotic “Fifty Shades of Grey” have turned into blockbusters.

Plus, thanks to advanced technology, authors can birth a book for less than the price of a weekend getaway.

“You can be a big shot for a few hundred dollars,” joked Robert Levinson, 87, a senior development officer at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., who previously was CEO of the nation’s largest steel door manufacturing firm.

He and “permanent fiance” Zelda Luxenberg, whom he met three years ago in the luxury Delray Beach, Fla., retirement community where they both became widowed, paid $1,000 to bring their “he said-she said” love story to literary life.

So far, with about 500 print and electronic copies of their book “Full Circle” being sold or gifted to friends and family, they haven’t come close to recouping their investment. But it doesn’t really matter. Their goal, the couple said, was to inspire their peers with the idea that romance and happiness are ageless.

Plus there’s nothing like feeling the weight of bound pages in your hands to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. “To see your name on a book cover? I wish my parents were alive,” Luxenberg said.

Recent research by Bowker, the world’s largest information provider for the publishing industry and libraries, show book self-publishing has taken off, growing by 287 percent from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, according to Bowker data, the 148,424 self-published print books comprised 43 percent of that year’s traditional print output.

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