Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
Online bookseller Empty Mirror Books (EMB) has just celebrated its third anniversary. When EMB opened its virtual doors in summer 2000, its inventory consisted used & rare Beat Generation & small-press poetry books. Since then, Empty Mirror has expanded its scope, now carrying new, used, & collectible books & recordings. Specialties are modern non-academic poetry, the Beat Generation, the work of Michael McClure, literary ephemera, & spoken word recordings.
Empty Mirror’s website also offers a plethora of Beat Generation resources including online biographies, bibliographies, tributes, photos, and links. In this age where chain stores and the corporate bottom-line drive the publishing industry, Empty Mirror strives to bring us back to the writers, returning to the mission of circulating and making accessible the work/vision of the artist.
Last fall, Empty Mirror Books Distribution (EMBD) was launched in an effort to assist poets & small-press publishers in making their books & spoken word recordings available to a larger audience. EMBD advertises distributed books on the Empty Mirror Books website, as well as on over a dozen major bookselling sites worldwide. Additionally, each poet or press is given a free webpage that presents detailed information about each specific title, offering readers the opportunity to purchase books directly.
Poets & publishers interested in expanding their distribution channels and reader base are encouraged to contact Empty Mirror Books Distribution at emptymirrorbooks.com/distribution.