The shelves inside Ada’s Technical Books are chock full of inspiration for innovation and experimentation, so it’s no surprise the shop itself has taken a few of those lessons to heart. From the lock picking classes that started at the old Harvard Ave location, to the cafe and coworking space that were added in the move to 15th Ave, Ada’s has made a habit of elevating the neighborhood bookshop game.
Now the bookseller is stepping into the realm of book publisher. Ada’s recently announced a partnership with crowd-powered publisher Inkshares to release books under The Ada’s Technical Books Collection.
“We’re looking for books we think are interesting and fit within our store,” said Ada’s events coordinator Alex Hughes.
In addition to being part of an Ada’s curated collection, writers will also get promotional support for their book and, of course, a place on Ada’s shelves.
“By following a local, cherished bookstore, readers can find out about local writers they might be interested in supporting.”
As an Ada’s regular, Matt Kaye said knew the bookstore would be ideal fit for launching its own collection under Inkshares, where he’s vice president of marketing. “Ada’s was important to me because it was truly my local, and because it focused on the genres that have been most successful on our site: science fiction, fantasy, and technology,” he said in an email.
Inkshares works by combining elements of self publishing with a more traditional model that includes editing and marketing support. An author submits an idea and sample chapters on Inkshares platform. Inkshares will then publish an ebook if it gets at least 750 preorders. If the book reaches 1,000 preorders, Inkshares will print it. Writers make 50% of gross revenue from each printed book and 70% from each ebook.
If there’s a book that strikes Ada’s fancy, the shop will work the author to release it under the Ada’s collection. The idea is to foster a stronger connection between writers, bookstores, and local communities.
“There are a ton of books to read, not to mention crowdfunding projects out there looking for support. By following a local, cherished bookstore, readers can find out about local writers they might be interested in supporting,” Kaye said.
Ada’s hasn’t released any titles yet, but you can watch for them here. Inkshares also has five other partners running their own collections and will soon add Seattle Mystery Bookshop to the roster.