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50 Benefits of eBooks – New Edition

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 the paperback — yet sell for less than four dollars.

Published by Zorba Press (in Ithaca, New York), ==50 Benefits of Ebooks== is a lively introduction to the brave new worlds of ebooks and electronic publishing. This revised edition (now 66,000 words) is 25% larger than the September 2009 edition, and contains ten new chapters. The ebook — now available in PDF and EPUB — is priced at $3.99.

To buy the ebook, visit the ebook’s web page: http://www.zorba.us/?page_id=142

Full News Release is here: http://www.zorba.us/?page_id=318


A Protest Against the Commercialization of eBooks

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

EPUB Straight to the Point – Book Review

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.

How do you make an EPUB Book?

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, he read it on his iPad using his iBooks app.  As a new author who worked with a traditional publisher, I’ll be anxious to take a look at this to see the steps involved in creating an EPUB book.  Who knows, maybe self-publishing will be easier than I thought.

Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

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.

50 Benefits of eBooks

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 this entry, Michael predicts “Ebook prices will plummet! Or I will eat this ebook”   I hope so Michael.  But if they don’t, what condiment will you put on those bits and bytes?       gulp. Continue reading

Will Print-on-Demand Stifle eBooks?

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 to expand the 500,000 title Espresso offering even further if Blackwell can negotiate the rights to in-copyright books.

Merrigan ponders the future of bookstores, amazon, and the impact of POD to the eBook industry.  Comments from publishers offer even more ideas and perspectives.   One comment, from Michael Pastore, states “This machine could also be deployed in libraries, and help make some money for libraries, which are much in need right now. And independent bookstores might be looking at this machine reverently, as a mechanical messiah.”