Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jaded Ibis Press researches and publishes narratives that represent a continuum of literary history and the future of narrative arts – from the concept of clay tablets and illuminated manuscripts (history) to interactive and brain computer interfaces (future). Our intent is to facilitate the convergence of diverse media and art forms, and give wide exposure to literary, visual and musical artists of exceptional talent.
The editors at Jaded Ibis Press are award-winning writers of innovative prose and poetry. We are dedicated to the continuing evolution of the literary and fine arts, and to discovering and supporting new writers of 21st Century literature. We have years of dedicated teaching experience and frequently lecture on literature, including 21st Century narrative forms, at universities and writing conferences throughout the country and abroad.
Debra Di Blasi (complete bio here ) is a multimedia, multigenre author of hundreds of stories, poems, articles and media projects. Her books include The Jiri Chronicles, Drought, Prayers of an Accidental Nature, Skin of the Sun, and What the Body Requires, among others. Awards include a James Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foiundation, a Thorpe Menn Book Award, DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, Cinovation Screenwriting Award, and more. She has also worked in advertising, magazine production management and art journalism. She holds a degree in visual art, and studied creative writing and journalism for a combined four years at San Francisco State and University of Missouri at Columbia. Debra taught experimental forms at Kansas City Art Institute for eight years, and frequently lectures on the intersection of narratives and technology.
Sam Witt (complete bio here ) graduated from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and University of Virginia, and worked as a free-lance journalist in San Francisco for several years, publishing in such magazines as Computerworld, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Wired.
To date, Jaded Ibis Press publishes most books in four editions: ebook, black-and-white paper, color paper, and fine art limited editions. Each title includes visual art by a notable artist or artists and an audio track or tracks of music, spoken word or sound art. Fine art editions incorporate a variety of materials and conceptually reflect the content of the book. New Project include multimedia interactive books that include pop-ups, video, music, quizzes and live experiences.
Jaded Ibis Press pays our authors 40% or more of net royalties, compared to the industry standard of 7-10% of cover price. We pay our visual artists 10% net royalties, and our musicians each share in 60% net royalties from CD sales. Jaded Ibis Productions produces a CD compilation of music created for the previous 10-12 titles.
Jaded Ibis Press uses digital and print-on-demand publishing because we care about the fate of the environment. Our business decisions are guided by an attempt to perpetuate literature that is intellectually, culturally and ecologically sustainable. Every year we donate part of our proceeds from one book or music project to a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental and/or cultural sustainability. Learn more about our Giving Projects.
Each year in the U.S. alone hundreds of thousands of new titles are published by traditional printing methods; that is, in bulk quantities. An average of 150,000 multiplied by an average print run of 5,000, multiplied by an average of 200 pages per book equals nearly 150 Billion (150,000,000,000) pages annually, plus book covers and jackets.
Half of these books will be returned to their publisher and destroyed or liquidated. Those that cannot be liquidated will also be destroyed.
Timber is cut down not only for the billions of book pages and covers but also for the wooden pallets on which to ship the books. Two-thirds of the world’s cut wood, including rare hardwoods, is used for shipping pallets.
It's difficult to put a number on the enormous amount of energy used to warehouse undemanded books; to manufacture the ink, paper, binding materials, and shipping pallets; to transport the pallets from printer to warehouse to bookstore; to process the fuel used to transport the pallets of paper products and books, to manufacture the transport vehicles, to manufacture the parts used in manufacturing the vehicles, ad nauseam.
The African Sacred Ibis was an object of religious veneration in ancient Egypt, associated with the deity Thoth, who was responsible for writing, mathematics, measurement and time as well as the moon and magic. In ancient Egyptian artworks Thoth is depicted as an ibis-headed scribe.
Jaded Ibis began as Ibis Productions, based on the short story, "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst. The remarkable fiction, read aloud by Debra's fourth grade teacher, Miss Heberlin, awakened the 9-year-old's differentiation between commercial writing and serious literature. Later, the company became Jaded Ibis after Debra recognized that the publishing industry was, in fact, an industry, far more interested in the commodification of product than the process of creating art.
Jaded Ibis is poised with ready aim to hit the big publishing houses dead square in the eye. Their creativity and innovation push the limits of ‘Indie Press’ publishing to new levels.
—Liz Axelrod, The Brooklyn Rail