First: I just got my copy of the History. Canada post had put the envelope into a plastic wrapper apologising for the damage. Fortunately, the damage was all to the envelope.
The book itself is beautiful. I was thinking of giving my copy to the library, but I don't know if I want to. It's too gorgeous to give up!
Second: Mei, have you ever heard of Terry Fallis? He's originally a self-published novelist, and his book "the best laid plans" is currently competing for Canada Reads, which is basically the biggest literary deal this side of the 49th parallel. Made me think of you.
He couldn't get any publishers to pick up his book, and so he started podcasting it, once chapter at a time. Ended up building a huge loyal customer base, then ultimately self-published.