Anyone who pays attention to the world of publishing is aware of the huge changes the industry has gone through and is facing. A number of traditional publishing houses have folded, but a number of new ones have emerged, plus there is still a handful of BIG name traditional publishing houses. It will take time to see who survives and who thrives.
Of course, two of the biggest changes in the book world are 1) e-books or digital books or whatever you want to call them, and 2) self-publishing, a.k.a. indie publishing, a.k.a. vanity publishing
Iguana Books is taking advantage of all the flux and is combining elements from traditional and indie publishing and adapting them to the world of e-books.
In a nutshell, Iguana is driven by customer demand - they let customers help them choose what gets published.
Readers can look at the "slushpile" - online samples or excerpts from unpublished books. Readers can pre-order whichever of these books that interests them. When a book from the slushpile has a certain number of pre-orders, then Iguana gets busy with the production end of things and brings the book to market. The bonus for those who pre-order is that they can get a big discount!
Here's a look at some of the books Iguana has in their current slushpile:
Disorderly Notions by Tom Darby (literary fiction)
Let's Put The Beatles Back Together Again 1970 - 2010 by Jeff Walker (music, nonfiction)
Reporting from the Night by Kateri Lanthier (poetry)
No Proof by Erwin Buck (mystery)
Flame Angels by Robert Wintner (fiction)
Oh, What a Night! by Daniel Robert Sullivan (nonfiction, theatre)