Provincetown Public Library in Provincetown, Massachusetts has launched Provincetown Public Press. This initiative is a digital publishing imprint, which aims to empower the (presumably local) community in creating and distributing their own works, both in supporting creators to learn how to create and market digital works, and in removing some of the hurdles creators experience in trying to make their works available. The press aims to publish between 10 and 20 works in its first year of operation. Works will be chosen from submissions, the first wave of which closes on April 30, 2013.
An article in the Cape Cod Times quotes the Provincetown library director and marketing manager as saying that the initiative is related to the trouble libraries have with some larger publishing companies shying away from selling them electronic books, and that the Public Press will “level the playing field”.