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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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    Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited & Overdrive: More Developments in Stream-Reading

    Image from Per Palmkvist Knudsen via Wikimedia Commons

    Recently, there have been several big changes in the book-subscription-service world. Oyster, an ebook-subscription service, announced in September 2015 that it would be ending all services in January 2016. In June 2015, the Scribd subscription service announced it would be limiting the number of romance titles in its catalog due to their extreme popularity. Kindle . . . Read more »

    Wordstock 2015: Talking About Books


    On an early November morning, I awoke eager to divide my day working for Literary Arts in the morning and Ooligan Press in the afternoon. After a quiet MAX ride, I made my way to the lobby of the Portland Art Museum’s historic Mark Building, where I found two other Wordstock volunteers awaiting instructions. Wordstock . . . Read more »

    Manager Monday: Book Designer’s Shelfie, Cover Design Edition (Design)


    Great ideas come from great inspiration, and finding good source material is an essential part to the design process. As we at Ooligan gear up to develop a cover for yet another great title, there is no better time to stop and take a look at some great reference books. Below you’ll find a list . . . Read more »

    Buddy Can You Spare a Dime? (For This Excellent Short Story Collection)

    Original image by walknboston (Flickr)

    Industry tradition tells us that short stories don’t sell. You want to make money from your short fiction? Good luck, friend! Publishers won’t publish it, and nobody would buy it even if they did. (Oh, and PS: the internet is killing off print media, so have fun competing for a slot in the few remaining . . . Read more »

    Book Clubs In and Around Portland


    If you ever find yourself in a reading rut, joining a book club could be your literary salvation. “There are too many good books in the world to bother reading something that just makes you go . . .” Heidi Hoogstra gives a little shrug to illustrate a lack of impact. “Whatever you like to . . . Read more »

    Style Wars: AP vs. Chicago


    In the US, there are two style guides for professional writing and editing that reign supreme. In one corner, we have the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), currently in its sixteenth edition and beloved most in the arena of book publishing. In the other corner, we have the Associated Press Stylebook (AP), the most widely . . . Read more »

    The Dollars and Cents of Ooligan Press


    After four years spent studying economics, preparing myself to enter the business world, it came as a surprise to many that I chose to pursue my masters in book publishing here at Portland State University. With the common misconception flying about that the publishing industry is dying, how could this decision possibly make economic sense? . . . Read more »

    Allison Green’s Radio Interview on Bookworm


    At Ooligan, we are always on the lookout for exciting opportunities to publicize a new title and reach an even wider range of readers. As a small press, not only are we more accustomed to doing publicity on a local scale, but it’s a battle to receive any national attention, given the multitude of titles . . . Read more »

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