Subscribers to Greenboathouse Press agree to purchase one copy of each book produced, beginning with the current title(s) upon subscription; this arrangement not only guarantees the subscriber a copy, but allows us to better plan and budget each production. In addition to a substantial discount on each project, subscribers also receive prospectuses (book announcements) and occasional gratis ephemera (small pamphlets, random experiments, etc.).
Projects will range from single broadsheets to typographical ephemera, to chapbooks, to larger projects including extended prose works.
In the past, the bulk of our subscriptions were from readers and libraries primarily interested in contemporary Canadian poetry. This subject is one Greenboathouse will continue to pursue (Jake’s book is a stunning example of what’s going on in Canadian writing these days), but another focus the press has taken on is the history of typography (for example, 2010's Alphabetum Romanum).
2012 brings with it the release of a new edition of Stanley Morison's classic essay, First Principles of Typography, and in the planning stages is a comprehensive bibliography of books designed by Dutch type designer and typographer Jan van Krimpen, tentatively scheduled for 2014. While this new focus is exciting, this movement to producing books of typographical interest has led us to a number of subscription options.
But what if a literary subscriber is drawn to a given year’s typographic release, or the other way around? One-off orders from one side to the other will still receive the 20% discount, with no requirement to continue buying from the non-subscription side of the fence. However, in order to maintain that 20/25% discount, subscribers must continue to purchase all releases in their chosen category.
To sign up for one of these options or with any questions about subscriptions, please . Once we're in contact, I can provide you with all of the pertinent information on your subscription choice and current releases, as well as arranging to send out your first subscriber's package with prospectuses and other bits of ephemera. The first subscription payment will be based on your subscription option and any additional backlisted titles you may want to add to your first order.
Once signed up, an email will be sent with a PayPal link specifically for your payment, which can be paid by debit, credit card, or PayPal cash. If you would prefer to pay by cheque, that can be easily arranged as well.
The standard edition has been 100+ copies, but starting this year (2011) editions will be limited to 55 copies, comprising 45 sales copies and 10 for private distribution (author's copies, press copies, presentation & review copies), although variation in the editions may occur from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances (stacks of paper spontaneously combusting or being eaten by the press, etc.).
For the past few years I've been planning towards an edition of Dostoyevsky’s painfully neurotic Notes from Underground, but I've come to realize that the scope of the project is simply too much to bite off for the time being. While I may revisit this project in the future, what will go ahead is a small side-project that has been planned all along. That project is a quirky and curious version of the novel, created by poet/musician Cory Myrass. Cory took the text of Notes from Underground and ran it through a summarizing algorythm, reducing the text down to one or two sentences for each chapter, and the result is a surprisingly apt and exciting take on the classic novel of existential anxiety. This small book will be produced next summer (2013), following the format orignally planned for the novel itself, including a custom wood engraving by Wesley Bates.
Also lined up for next summer is a companion project to this year's First Principles of Typography, being a response to Morison’s essay by Jan van Krimpen, entitled Variations on First Principles of Typography. The essay was published in Dutch (Bont-boek over Bond en Boek) in 1955, but this will be the first English edition, translated by John Friedrichs and edited by Jason Dewinetz. The book will be designed & bound to match the Morison, to be produced next summer.
A detailed bibliography of all books designed by Dutch typographer Jan van Krimpen is also in preparation, which will be printed in a new digital revival of Van Krimpen’s Romanée types, based directly on Van Krimpen's original drawings for the type. There's still plenty of work to do on this manuscript, which will include a wide range of reproductions of pages from JvK's books. Production is scheduled to begin in 2014.
For details on books in production for 2012, please visit the Books page...