About Zero Books
Contemporary culture has eliminated the concept and public figure of the intellectual. A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheerled by hacks in the pay of multinational corporations who reassure their bored readers that there is no need to rouse themselves from their stupor. Zer0 Books knows that another kind of discourse - intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist - is not only possible: it is already flourishing. Zer0 is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before.
One of the most exciting radical presses at the moment is Zero books. Its impressive backlist covers philosophy, political theory, music criticism, contemporary cinema and much more.
Sukhdev Sandhu writes in the Guardian(London Feb 2012) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/17/radical-alternatives-conventional-publishing
[Zero-Books] really are the most consistently exciting publisher out there at the moment.
The Oxonian Review 2011
Thank you for publishing such thought provoking, challenging and contemporary books!
Terry Thomson, senior bokkseller at Waterstones July 2012
"One of the most exciting publishing events of 2009 was the emergence of the new imprint Zero Books. It publishes short, intelligent polemics on politics and culture, packing a lot of punch into about 80 pages and they are masterclasses in how supposedly tough theory can be made accessible and help us to understand society. ..they are must reads." Rowan Wilson, Verso Publishing and ReadySteadyBook blogger, in The Bookseller 2010
"Since its emergence last year, Zer0 Books has swiftly put together an impressive catalogue of concise works which seek to disrupt the phoney frontier between the kinds of political discussion stamped ‘academic’ or ‘theoretical’ and the public sphere. Stating its commitment to ‘the idea of publishing as a making public of the intellectual’, Zer0’s roster of authors have produced a set of arguments which rail iconoclastically against the vision of good living shilled by liberal governments since the end of the Cold War...It will be intriguing to observe the fortunes of this ambitious publishing endeavour as mainstream politics continues to insist on self-serving ‘realism’. Joe Kennedy, 3am magazine 2010
ABOUT JOHN HUNT PUBLISHING
John Hunt Publishing began in 2001 under the name of O Books, and now publishes nearly 300 titles a year. In 2010 we reorganized ourselves into a number of autonomous imprints operating in different genres. We make every title available in print and digital, and market to the trade worldwide. Over 90% of our sales come through the bricks-and-mortar and online retailers.
The imprints are largely run by authors who have gravitated to publishing, whether coming up through editing, design or marketing, and they draw in turn on a pool of several dozen like-minded people, scattered around North America and Europe. A central office looks after sales, accounts, and royalties.
We rely heavily on in-house online publishing systems, in order to be lean, quick, and hand back to the author as high a proportion of the sales income that we can achieve (our ebooks royalties for example are 50% of receipts, averaging about one third of the sale price). We do not pay advances. About one quarter of the titles on the list have an element of subsidy from the author, where the readers/editors liked the book but were not confident that we would recover the publishing costs, given our royalty rates and retail prices.
We edit and market every title, providing each one with a basic promotional campaign. For every 500 copies sold, we dedicate another round of publicity. Other author services for more publicity or editorial help/mentoring are available at a cost if wanted.
We communicate through an author forum, with additional FB closed author groups for different imprints. Authors have access to the 40,000 + contacts database, categorized and prioritized. There is further communication through the FB reader pages, with 60,000 + followers. Sales figures are available to view on a monthly basis, royalties are paid twice a year.
More than most publishing companies, the business is the authors. They run it. We develop it each year in the direction they decide.
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