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Ooligan is a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.

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    The Transition From Online to Print in Blogs and Webcomics


    From a publishing perspective, the internet is a largely untapped resource. Several publishers have attempted to capitalize on the internet’s creativity by acquiring the rights to publish various online phenomena. Next time you’re in a bookstore, take a look near the front register and count how many books you see that are collections of recent . . . Read more »

    Further Developments in Subscription Reading


    This post is a continuation of an earlier discussion concerning recent developments in subscription reading services. Big publishing continues experimenting with the subscription reading services Oyster and Scribd­: 15,000 Harlequin romance titles became available through Scribd just last week. Sustaining this success is contingent on a host of delicately balanced circumstances, detailed in my last . . . Read more »

    An Interview with Paul Martone, Founder of Late Night Library


    Late Night Library is a prominent fixture in Portland’s literary community. Since 2011, the organization has been dedicated to providing a space for debut and up-and-coming authors to publicize their work and an avenue for readers to discover previously unknown gems through podcasts, creative writing classes, author readings, and their own set of awards. On . . . Read more »

    Finding a Niche for Poetry

    Photo by Nick Kenrick

    In the world of publishing, poetry is one of those areas where bigger is not better. Poems rarely excite the interest of the general readership, and as such, the major publishing houses will usually decide that any given book in the genre is simply not worth their time, effort, or money. After all, when was . . . Read more »

    The Internet of Amazon


    Does the thought of running out of Tide wake you in cold sweats? Is your greatest fear an afternoon spent hustling to the store for more Quaker Oats? In April of 2014, Amazon introduced something called the Dash, a carrot-sized contraption that allows consumers to zap the barcodes off their empty cereal boxes, or, when . . . Read more »

    Rhythm in the Rain Voted as Title for Jazz Project

    Students of Ooligan Press meet to discuss events and press decisions.

    Early this past March, Ooligan hosted its very first public title vote for our forthcoming jazz project. This poll ran for two weeks and offered up four titles with space for clever minds to add in their own suggestions. Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest was voted best title for the project, . . . Read more »

    Using Infographics Effectively


    In the age of information, the average person consumes gigabytes upon gigabytes of information per day—up to 34 gigabytes, according to UC San Diego’s estimate. That’s 100,000 words, 11.8 hours (spent mostly in front of a screen), and roughly twice the memory capacity of an iPhone. Competing for the oft-divided attention of your audience can . . . Read more »

    Dana Cowin in Conversation with Liz Crane


    Earlier this winter, Powell’s hosted an author reading and conversation with Dana Cowin, the longtime editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, and Liz Crane, the author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland. For Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, Cowin’s new cookbook, she worked alongside sixty-five of today’s greatest chefs in order to . . . Read more »

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