The word Nabu can have many meanings - a German conservation group, an Assyrian and Babylonian god of wisdom, a children`s clothing company or, and this is the one that interests us today, Nabu Press, a print-on-demand historical reprint publisher.
Nabu allegedly publish around 600,000 titles using POD technology. Of particular interest to me is the fact that their titles include works by Mary White Ovington and George Padmore.
Having found a UK bookseller offering their reprint of Ovington`s The Walls Came Tumbling Down, I placed my order and sat back happily to await it`s arrival.
On taking receipt of the book I was a little surprised to see the publication that arrived was rather more slender than expected, and that the cover illustration had no obvious connection with the subject matter.
On opening the book I was even more surprised to find that the text inside was not Ovington`s personal account of the founding of the NAACP, but an antiquarian work by a German academic, written in German.
I don`t expect to have any problems returning the book but I was curious to find out more. A quick skim around the internet showed that a number of people have had problems with this company`s output. Worryingly, Nabu have no website and their publications provide no contact details.
I did find a useful article `Who and Where are Nabu Press` at http://wiki.answers.com which tells you the name of the company that owns them and the address of their registered agent.
I understand that a number of people are experiencing problems with POD reprint companies and that the problem is not confined to Nabu alone by any means. Presuming you place your order through a reputable book dealer you should have no problem getting a refund if you have a similar experience.
I can see a very valuable role to be played by reprint companies - POD companies if necessary, by all means - making affordable copies of books like Ovington`s available. Unfortunately, that doesn`t seem to be what`s happening.
If anyone else wants to use the comments facility to tell the world about their experience of these companies - good as well as bad, if that`s been your experience - I`d be very happy for you to do that.
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