Reprinted with permission from Epublishers weekly.
A colorful advertisement at the top of the New York Times (online) today asks us to click to read “The First Shoppable Children’s Storybook.” [graphic omitted, sp]
I hope it is also the last.
In an ebook, the marriage of videos and commerce creates a monstrous mutation, not a genuine reading experience that should bring delight and wisdom. Books are one of the last refuges in our world from the constant cry by advertisers to spend money and fill our lives with unnecessary things. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a new book by Elizabeth Castro called EPUB Straight to the Point, which was brought to my attention by Michael Pastore of Zorba Press and Epublishers Weekly. Michael, author of 50 Benefits of Ebooks, just completed a full review of this new EPUB title and emailed the link to me. His conclusion: Publishers, authors, book designers — everyone interested in making EPUB ebooks — can buy Castro’s book with complete confidence; the book will teach you to build a better ebook than you’ve ever built before. Thanks, Michael.
Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks. His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing. The full test is on the blog, check it out.
Here’s the intro material: How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?
There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.
Michael Pastore has a nice essay in ePublishers Weekly titled “10 Popular Myths About Ebooks.” If you are interested in dispelling the myths about DRM, killing the publishing industry, reading devices, and not enough ebooks to read, check out his article.