Cheeky Frawg Books: The “Soft Splash” Launch!

Jeff VanderMeer • March 29th, 2011 @ 10:21 am • News

If you click here you’ll find a page set up for our first Cheeky Frawg e-book releases. The month of “soft splash” lets us see how things work and make any necessary adjustments. Although we already know we’re unique in that we make every one of our e-books by hand on a letterpress, using only the finest, most perfectly formed 00000s and 111111s.

As noted in the text, we’ll have a full-on website and a full-on PR blitz celebration in early May, along with the announcement of new titles. Although we’re focusing on our own content, we will also be putting out e-books of other writers’ work. The flagship of our endeavor in that regard will be the ODD? anthology. In the meantime, enjoy our first selections!

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18 Responses to “Cheeky Frawg Books: The “Soft Splash” Launch!”

  1. Cheeky Frawg Books! « Paul Jessup says:

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  2. Eric Rosenfield says:

    I wanted to buy one of these books, but they’re only available for Nook and Kindle so I can’t put them on my Sony Reader. Please make available a plain, non-DRM’d ePub version. Thank you.

  3. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Dear Eric–This is a soft splash. We’re going to expand as we go along, as per the text on the page you just read. The Nook version is an epub version that plays on our Sony Reader just fine, but we’ll investigate further. Nothing we’ve got up there now is DRM’d. Cheeky Frawg implore you to perhaps be a little more understanding of “soft splash”.

  4. Eric Rosenfield says:

    Sorry, my bad.

  5. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Cheeky Frawg love Eric. Cheeky Frawg is operating at about 50% capacity right now, but soon Cheeky Frawg will be mighty.

  6. Eric Rosenfield says:

    Bought a couple of those books and they go onto my Sony Reader just fine. Thanks!

  7. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Oh good. Whew. We will be displaying with Weightless and others by the end of April, though.

  8. Michael Curry says:

    Is there an obscure B&N reason why they list you as the publisher, while Amazon lists Cheeky Frawg Books?

  9. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Yes.

  10. Tero says:

    Ooh, tempting…

    Any chance for these popping up in a friendly neighborhood indie e-book store in the near future? Say, something like the Wizard’s Tower store?

  11. Rafael says:

    I wanted to try them in, but I cannot buy the B&N (epub) version, since it is geo-locked. I understand it is a “soft splash”, but are there plans to allow the rest of the world to buy this (great looking, btw) books?
    Pleeeeeease?

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  13. jeff vandermeer says:

    Okay, let me be serious here for a minute and drop the Cheeky Frawg persona because we take these questions seriously.

    We most definitely will be making our ebooks available world-wide. In some areas it makes more sense to partner with a third party than control the uploading (like we do to Amazon/B&N) ourselves. So it will take more time.

    But we will have that all sorted out by early May. Cheeky Frawg believes that the current idea of territories is part of an outdated publisher model based on old-school distribution methods and physical books. So we definitely understand that frustration. We deliberately limited our debut titles to four so that our roll-out on the rest we have planned in the near future could be world-wide.

    At the same time it is important to our business model to understand the US and UK markets, and so this month in which the books are only available there is useful to us.

    Thanks very much for your patience.

  14. Rafael says:

    Thank you for your answer, Jeff. Everything makes much more sense now. I will (unpatiently) wait until May.

  15. Rafael says:

    I meant “impatiently”, of course.

  16. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Rafael: I should probably put something about this on the Cheeky Frawg page, but didn’t want it to have too much text. I’ll add it to the bottom of the page soon, though.

  17. ethan says:

    I’m having a problem with the Kosher Guide on the Nook. When I open it, it displays the first page and then kicks me back to the library. I tried to archive-unarchive-download it, hoping that would fix it, but no luck. I logged into BN.com and downloaded it as an epub file. When I try to open that, my Nook says “unrecognized file type.” (All the other books have worked fine.) Any help? Should I contact BN Digital Support?

  18. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Ethan: Sorry to hear that. If you can wait just until Monday, I’ll look into it and we’ll have some kind of fix.

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