Happy New Year! Here's Your Torture Report
Dennis Johnson, co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House, wants to make sure the Senate Intelligence Committee's "Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program" aka "Torture Report", doesn't get swept under the holiday rug. Which is why he's working 24/7 to put it in print by December 30th.
Our fear was that, with all the distractions of the holiday season, the report would fade quickly from the news cycle.
In a Q&A with Flavorwire, Johnson pointed out some of the difficulties and interesting bits about publishing a government document, and why it's so important to do so.
- The book will consist of the summary, which is 542 pages, as opposed to the entirety of the report, which clocks in at over 6,000 pages. Much of the full report remains classified.
- In the past, with documents like the 9/11 commission report, big publishing houses were given preferential publishing advantages, including earlier access to the documents and even money to cover production costs. However, that was not the case with this report.
- The government-released PDF is of low quality, and Melville House has had to re-type much of the content themselves. A number of Amazon reviews attest to the difficulty of reading the document on devices such as smartphones and Kindles.
- The initial print run is set for 50,000 copies, and a digital version will be released as well.
Again, Dennis Johnson:
It’s what we do. We’re in this for a bigger cause than to just make money. This is one of those books that resonates with that impulse that most of the people in the book business have.
The official release date for Melville's printed version of the Torture Report is December 30th, however copies will be shipped starting as early as next week. Or you can read the PDF here.
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