Culture & Criticism Since 2003
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 at emptymirrorbooks.com/distribution.