OR Partners

Allowing participating publishers to share our revolutionary new way of publishing books.


OR Partners is the service wing of OR Books, providing assistance to like-minded publishers who wish to benefit from our innovative approach to the business of books: creating well-produced and elegant print-on-demand and/or e-books, selling direct to the customer and promoting our titles extensively, both on the Internet and through conventional channels. There are no returns, and little if any warehousing of inventory.

OR Partners stands ready to assist your firm in a variety of ways, including: production (copy editing, typesetting, proofing, cover design, printing and binding, e-book conversion and distribution via all major platforms including Kindle, iPad, Nook and Sony Book Reader); publicity and marketing (preparation and dispatch of galleys, obtaining endorsements, creating press releases, mailing review copies, following up reviewers, organizing author events and tours, preparation of flyers, use of databases, advertising, building websites, managing social media); sales and distribution (shipping to individual customers, liaising with bookstores, college courses and libraries, processing and collecting payments); and licensing rights (foreign, trade paperback, book club, serialization, dramatic and film). Participating publishers choose which functions they would like OR to handle on their behalf.

OR Partners operates a fee-based system for the services it provides, so that participating publishers receive the lion’s share of the proceeds from their sales, be they through bookstores, e-retailers, or direct from their own sites. There is a small commission on sales.

If you’re interested in learning more about OR Partners, please write to either John Oakes or Colin Robinson at orpartners@orbooks.com.

Centro Primo Levi Editions

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CPL Editions is both an electronic and traditional publishing venture aimed at presenting the English speaking reader with a selection of classic and new texts on Primo Levi and on Italian Jewish history, culture and tradition. CPL Editions is the publishing branch of Centro Primo Levi NY founded in 1998.

Since the invention of the printing press, publishing and printing have been a thriving field for Italian Jews. The first Hebrew book was published in Reggio Calabria in 1475, and until the 19th century, the base of Jewish publishing remained in Italy. This wealth of writings, spanning early medieval rabbinical scholarship to contemporary astrophysics, philosophy and fiction, has been largely unavailable in English. CPL Editions began its activities in 2014 and offers books, divided by topics in eight color-coded series.

CPL editions are available as e-books, or as print-on-demand paperbacks through the free CPL APP and OR Books.

The Big Roundtable

The Big Roundtable has published deeply reported and gracefully crafted nonfiction narratives every two weeks since June 2013, as well as spirited audio versions when we can. Our aim is to maintain an environment where these true and original stories thrive, and to build a community of readers hungry for passion and illumination. Our stories span the globe and our writers range from veterans to novices. Our editorial methods range from the traditional to the experimental, all centered on helping writers find their voice for stories they need to tell. Our secret mission is to renew the promise of the New Journalism revolution that started and then sputtered a few decades ago, connecting techniques of great fiction with the discipline and the thrill of serious reporting. We also give readers a chance to support this kind of work. Michael Shapiro, Anna Hiatt, and Mike Hoyt are, respectively, The Big Roundtable’s founder, publisher, and editor.

The Nation

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The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred. —from The Nation’s founding prospectus, 1865

The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States and the flagship of the American Left. Many of The Nation’s most famous contributors were fierce critics of the status quo – people who refused to toe the official line, who believed that a healthy democracy always requires principled dissent.

In Partnership with OR Books, eBookNation is now releasing paperback editions of select e-books compiled from The Nation Digital Archive, America’s most complete history of progressive politics and culture, including offerings from such luminaries as Gore Vidal, Molly Ivins, and Kurt Vonnegut.

CUNY Journalism Press

The CUNY Journalism Press is the academic publishing arm of the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism. The Press was launched in the autumn of 2012 with the mission of publishing serious books about journalism and the news media – history, theory, criticism, craft, memoir and more. The Press is organized, in conjunction with OR Books, as a new model for publishing – some call it co-publishing – in response to changes in the publishing marketplace and publishing technology. Our aim is to publish books by, for and about journalists that might not otherwise be published in the commercial marketplace.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the only public graduate school of journalism in the Northeast, opened its doors in 2006 under Dean Stephen Shepard, formerly the editor of Business Week. Widely known for its emphasis on multimedia, interactive and cross-platform reporting and storytelling, the school’s intensive three-semester program offers a Master of Arts in Journalism. The school is also known for its innovative training in emerging technology and for its Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, dedicated to finding new business models. The school is the first in the world to offer an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism.


Rimal Publications, an independent publishing house, established by Nora Shawwa in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1993, specializes in history, art, culture, travel and children books.

Over the years, Rimal has come to be recognized for publishing books in both the English and Arabic languages that introduce readers to the unique cultural richness of the MENA region and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Rimal’s underlying objective is to build bridges between cultures and enlighten the world at large about the rich history and traditions of this part of the world. Quality is Rimal’s trademark, and the foundation of the reputation it enjoys as an independent publishing house.

Through select partnerships, Rimal Publications reaches a worldwide audience through focused distribution, special events and launches, direct online marketing campaigns, as well as books sold through traditional means including bookstores and major online outlets.