BeWrite Books launched at the turn of the millennium as a publisher of exclusive, new, and high-quality fiction and nonfiction. It releases at least a dozen titles a year in paperback, each covered by an ebook edition. It also releases three sole-author poetry collections each year. By the end of 2011, BB had brought more than 250 exclusive new titles to recognized and international publication. The company shifted into an ebook only distribution model in 2012 and saw 30 new books a year being printed. The company announced today that it was shuttering its business model and closing all operations on March 31st.
The website has the following statement: “We worked incredibly hard with a dedicated and passionate professional in-house team and some of the most gifted writers imaginable. We were ahead of the game for so long, surviving on tireless labour, wits, cooperation, friendship, love of the art … and hope. But recent market forces beyond our control force us to call a halt and – sadly and most reluctantly – wind down to a spring closure. Our job now is to find effective and prestigious new publishers for BB-published titles and to assist those BB authors who choose to take the self-publishing route. We’re working flat-out on that and are succeeding in keeping works alive. But it’s dispiriting and often heart-breaking to now count our every loss a success.”
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.