50 Benefits of eBooks – New Edition

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Michael Pastore has released a revised and expanded edition of his book – 50 Benefits of eBooks.  It is packed with information about how to understand, and enjoy, the digital reading revolution. The book, soon to be released as a 368-page paperback, is now available in ebook editions which contain all the same information as […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · EPUB · Formats · New Products · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

A Protest Against the Commercialization of eBooks

August 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Publishing

EPUB Straight to the Point – Book Review

August 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · EPUB · Formats

How do you make an EPUB Book?

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Michael Pastore, author of 50 Benefits of eBooks, provides a review of a new book – EPUB, Straight to the Point by Elizabeth Castro.  Michael states, “Castro’s book fills an immense gap in this field, as an essential guide for publishers, designers and authors who need to produce books in the EPUB format.”  Better yet, […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · EPUB · Formats · Publishing · Self Publishing

Free Ebooks – the Zorba Guide

January 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Michael Pastore from Zorba Press compiled this very thorough guide to free ebooks.  It lists hundreds of possibilities under various categories like – free ebook websites, ebook directories, childrens ebooks, audio books, scholarly offerings, non-fiction, and more.  Pastore plans to update the guide each January and June.

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Tags: Vendor News

Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

December 18th, 2009 · Comments Off

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, […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Fun and Games · Interfaces/Platforms

50 Benefits of eBooks

September 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title.  The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00. I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy In […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · EPUB · Formats · Press Releases

Will Print-on-Demand Stifle eBooks?

April 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

There is a really interesting article (with comments) on the TeleRead blog about the Espresso Book Machine.  If you remember, UM purchased the Espresso back in October.   This new article, written by Court Merrigan, focuses on the machine’s use in bookstores – store front or in one’s closet.  It’s big in the UK, with plans […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Print on demand

10 Myths About E-books

April 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

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.

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · Publishing