since they should be pretty good at it. They can at least test it out. Its to get into the self publishing business. there's money to be made in that area. All they would be doing is creating the books/Ebooks, the creative content would come from the masses. They have the technology, the contacts, the web sites. also it would be easy to set up the contracts with barnes and noble and amazon for a piece of the royalties. also they could be picky in what they choose. I'll just refer back to apple when they got into the music business, people where downloading music from the internet for free from virus riddle sites, then Apple decided to create a secure site, work out the contracts with the major labels, and boom, people where downloading music on to their iPod devices . i think it could work from Courier because people are looking for an honest company to do business with and that could be courier who could eventually become the leader in this growing self publishing business. they have all the tools, talent to really take complete control of this scattered market. And with the market basically moving away from the middle man the literary agent, there would appear to be a great opportunity to take control of.
Test it out you might be surprised how lucrative it could become especially with a company that is respected in the industry.
I hate to reply to my own emails but fastpencil looks like a nice litle acquisition and maybe there's something here to build on. Courier gives the self publishing industry now a trusted name for those people who want to seldpublish. its the wild west out there and it will be interesting to see how this acquistion adds to the bottom line