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From time to time, people ask: Why do you call your publishing-house Pureplay Press?

We like the sound, but that isn’t all. In 2001, when we started, “pure play” was a term to describe a company (like eBay or Amazon) that worked entirely on the Internet, with no precedent in the physical business world. At first we hoped to become one of those virtual companies, but then we felt we had to earn our spurs as a print publisher.

Now, ten years later, it’s time to realize our original vocation. The e-book is becoming the focus of our business. What does that mean for our readers and writers?

First, it means a drastically reduced cost for our editions. As e-books are not physical volumes, needing to be printed, warehoused, shipped and sold in stores, we can offer them for much less. At the same time, we can publish a lot more. We can give chances to new writers, and variety to readers, to a far greater degree than we could in the heavily-freighted world of print publishing.

Our e-books will have all the editorial and design excellence that our readers have come to expect. The e-book is a dazzling new medium, rich in possibilities and with a refreshing absence of boundaries. Our e-book formats will aim to capture all the advantages of the medium and deliver them to you.

The world of the e-book fosters a directness of communication that we didn’t have, and couldn’t have had, before. The hierarchies of print publishing will give way to a many-sided conversation between readers and writers, consumers and producers, public and publishers. You, the reader, will increasingly get what you want, instead of what some distant editor or pundit thinks is good for you. That is progress indeed.

Pureplay Press will continue to market and support our print editions, which we’ll always care for. And we will be republishing most of them as e-books. With our new e-books, we’ll offer a broad variety of subjects for the general trade. We’ll strive to make you happy as readers. And we’ll look forward to hearing from you about how we’re doing.

David Landau
Editor & Publisher


Breve historia de Cuba (“A Short History of Cuba”)
by Jaime Suchlicki

ISBN 0971436681, Trade paper / French cover, 6 x 9, 352 pages with photos, Autumn 2006, $28.95

"Lively, accessible, informative—for 15 years I have used the various English editions of this book in my courses on Cuba at Harvard College."

—Jorge I. Domínguez, Clarence Dillon Professor of
International Relations, Harvard University

Scatter My Ashes Over Havana
by Olga Karman

ISBN 0976509644, French cover, 6 x 9, 152 pages with photos, Summer 2006, $17.95


Gold Medal Winner

A Bridge in Darkness
by Carlos Victoria

A Bridge in Darkness

ISBN 0971436649, Trade cloth, 6 x 9, 192 pages, January 2005, $25 



HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
This is the first-ever publication in Spanish of Jaime Suchlicki‘s classic work Cuba: From Columbus to Castro, first published in 1974, which has had five editions in English. Professor Suchlicki‘s narrative takes the reader on a fast-paced, informative journey from the origins of Cuban society to a clear explanation of its present crisis. Jaime Suchlicki directs the Cuban studies program at the University of Miami.




Breve historia de Cuba by Jaime Suchlicki, published by Pureplay Press in late 2006, has won Best Book of the Year from the International Latino Book Awards in the Spanish-language History/Politics category. The contest results were announced May 31, 2007 at Book Expo America in New York.

While these awards carry no financial gift, their prestige is high. Major publishers, along with independents like Pureplay Press, compete for them.

Breve historia de Cuba is the second book from Pureplay Press to win a “Best of the Year” from the Latino Book Awards. The first, in 2004, was our bilingual poetry book, Por el camino de Sade/Sade’s Way by Néstor Díaz de Villegas. The award to Suchlicki’s book carries extra significance, given the topicality of its subject matter and Cuba’s ongoing political crisis.



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