Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan


Developments in digital printing, combined with Internet-based marketing, have allowed small publishers to flourish. The Japan Times takes a look at several small presses serving Japan and Asia: Japan Times

“There is a crisis of the printed book, but poetry is one of the genres that works best as a physical book,” Isobar Press founder Paul Rossiter says. “A lot of the readers are themselves poets and it can sound a bit ingrown, but actually it’s quite healthy. It provides a solid, loyal and almost passionate audience which is not going to go away.”

Rossiter should know, as a poet himself. The former University of Tokyo professor started Isobar Press two years ago when he retired from teaching, and hopes to publish six titles a year. Within the poetic world, Rossiter strives to publish works that showcase the “variety and excellence available within the poetry community associated with Japan.”

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