Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mundania Press acquires Hard Shell

It's probably safe to announce it now, since all authors involved have been informed: Mundania Press is going to acquire Hard Shell Word Factory. If you've been keeping score on eBook publishers, you'll know Hard Shell is the granddaddy of them all, having launched in 1996. It's one of the oldest, anyway, I still don't know if DiskUs Publishing has a claim to the title or not. Anyway, the chain of events by which Mundania came to accept ownership of the company are quite tragic. If you also know the history of the house's present owner, you know what I mean. I don't know how much of that is public information, so that's all I'll say about it for now.

Hard Shell, whether it is the first ePub or not, has quite a legacy. Romance fans will know about Kate Douglas and MaryJanice Davidson...some of their earliest works were released here (some are still available). Take a look at their current roster and you may recognize more names.

Anyway, I am happy our parent company is able to step in to keep Hard Shell running. Given the industry's condition these days, it's better than losing another house altogether. To the HSWF authors joining us for the transition, welcome.

1 comment:

Kate Douglas said...

Thanks very much! I'm really pleased that Mundania Press has acquired the company. Mary Wolf, long time owner/publisher of HSWF has had more than her share of tragedy and it's a credit to her personal strength that she's kept the company going so well for so long. Though I haven't written anything new for HSWF in a number of years, the four books I have in the catalog continue to do well, so I'm really glad that instead of merely walking away from the business as she probably could have, Mary was able to find such a terrific new owner.