Kin Platt Message Board
Chris Platt posts on 2/13/2013 10:50:47 AM
Wonderful News, Sinbad fans. Purple House Press, whose website says, Bringing back the Finest in children's books, wants to republish Sinbad and Me. We are going over some final details now, but the plan is to have the hardcover version published by this Fall, selling for $18.95. There will also be an eBook version. We, and you all, owe thanks to Steve McCormick, who conspired with Seth Smolinske to put us together with Purple House Press.
Kathy Wendolkowski posts on 2/13/2013 10:20:30 AM
I finally broke down and bought a paperback copy and was thinking about typing it into Word and sending that to Mr. Platt. This is, of course, a long term plan - 6 months or so.
James Lyon posts on 2/13/2013 9:42:02 AM
Please, please, please find a way to republish Sinbad and Me. I am over 50 and an author myself, and that book had a huge influence on me in my formative years. If you can't find a publisher, why not take an electronic version of the text and put it on Createspace or Lulu and self-publish. I'm certain there is sufficient pent-up demand that major publishers would quickly take note of the sales figures and make you a credible offer. After all, it is a classic.
Chris Platt posts on 1/13/2013 3:02:39 PM
What a cool, small world. Seth is great, and has referred a lot of fans my way, even though his obsession seems to be with the Three Investigators books, of which Kin Platt wrote just three, under the group pen name. He posted all the other info on my father early on, and it has been very helpful to fans and family alike. If you ever need or want my email address, you can get it from him. Please say Hi for me. Thanks again for the lead.
Steve McCormick posts on 1/13/2013 2:54:49 PM
No problem Chris, I have actually been talking to Seth S. about this on facebook.
Chris Platt posts on 1/11/2013 12:44:43 AM
Many thanks, Andy. I have heard back from that publisher, and she has asked me to send her a hard copy, of which I have only a few left, for her to read. I also sent her your note posted here about scanning the book and Tesseract, asking if she can use that output, but she hasn't answered me on that. If she can work with it, I will contact you as you describe, and ask you to send the file to me, and we will go from there. Thanks again. Oh, yes, and for the record, because I got it wrong the other night, Steve McCormick was the one who suggested I contact this publisher. My sincere apologies, Steve.
Andy Valencia posts on 1/10/2013 7:44:17 PM
Happy to help! If you google around for "contact Andy Valencia" you can get in touch with me directly and I can make a copy of the scanned text available for your review.
It'd be an honor to help in my little way with keeping your father's work available.
Chris Platt posts on 1/3/2013 12:30:41 AM
Wow, Andy. that was an amazing undertaking, and is a hugely generous offer. From what I am reading, Tesseract is a very accurate OCR software that any interested publisher would be likely to find acceptable for reproduction. Tell you what -- I have followed up on the suggestion of Jeff Scott (below), and contacted the publisher he mentioned. If that publisher is interested, I will get the three of us together to see how we can get the ball rolling, with the hope of you getting some kind of compensation or credit for your initiative and for creating a scanned version that I thought would be such a difficult prospect. If it doesn't work out with them, perhaps it is time for us to consider self-publishing an eBook ourselves, again with you getting something for your efforts. Thank you. Will let you know if or when there is something to report.
Andy Valencia posts on 1/2/2013 8:49:53 PM
Regarding a scan of the book, as an experiment I removed the binding from my copy of Sinbad and Me and fed the pages through our scanner. I then used Google's "tesseract" software and got a pretty decent copy of the text right off the bat.
Now, I have *no* interest in copyright infringement here. But if Mr. Platt's family wants to take a look at the results as a possible starting point for an ebook version, I would be happy to work with them. It'd actually be a bit of an honor!
Jeff Scott posts on 12/29/2012 2:03:06 AM
Guess what I got for Christmas? My very own copy of Sinbad and Me! Can't wait to get enough time to curl up and read it. It's a paperback version and it's funny that the price on the front is 60 cents. My wife paid over 100 X that much... Happy holidays to you all
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