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50 Benefits of Ebooks

A Thinking Person’s Guide
to the Digital Reading Revolution

Edition: October 2010 ( 66,000 words )
by Michael Pastore
Published by Zorba Press, ISBN: 978-0-927379-17-5
The ebook editions contain all the same content as the 368-page paperback.

50 Benefits of Ebooks is a lively introduction to the brave new worlds of ebooks and electronic publishing. The book provides answers and resources about three essential questions:

    1) What are the newest, most useful and most interesting aspects of ebooks and epublishing?
    2) Will free and low-cost ebooks inspire a genuine publishing revolution, and save the print publishers from extinction?
    3) How can reading good books (whether made of paper or of bytes) transform our culture and enhance our personal lives?

This book is being published in paperback, and as an ebook, in the formats PDF, AZW (for Kindles), and EPUB (for iPads and ereaders). The ebook version is 1/5th the price of the paperback.

1 October 2010

A revised and expanded book about ebooks, published today, 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 first being released in ebook editions — which contain all the same information as the paperback — yet sell for less than four dollars.

50 Benefits of Ebooks is a lively introduction to the brave new worlds of ebooks and electronic publishing. This revised edition (at 66,000 words) is 25% larger than the September 2009 edition, and contains ten new chapters. The ebook is priced at $ 3.99.

Written for a wide audience — from ebook newcomers to ebook experts — in 36 lively chapters, the book explores five essential aspects of ebook reading, writing and publishing:

A. Benefits of Ebooks and Paper Books
B. Reading Ebooks
C. Ebooks for Authors and Publishers
D. The Value of Reading; and
E. The Education of An Ebooklover (resources)

Ebook newcomers will find all the basics here. And ebook experts can debate and debunk the author’s wild predictions for the rosy and thorny future of ebooks, by reading the essay, “Reading the Future: Ten Tremendous Trends in 2011.” Authors will discover tips, tricks and resources for ebook publishing; and library professionals will enjoy the book’s glossary, index, links to leading-edge ebook sites, and sections about how and why ebooks are good for libraries.

A new chapter included in this edition is Pastore’s essay The Depths: How Ebooks Can Fix Your Concentration, Increase Your Intelligence and Renew Your Distracted Brain.

“Ebooks are changing everything,” says author Michael Pastore. “We are now at the dawn of a seismic shift in the way that books are published, distributed, read — and even written. And the epublishing industry is changing so quickly and dramatically, even an updated edition of this book, published yearly, can hardly keep up. ”

One of the most significant benefits of ebooks is ecological: Ebooks are good for our environment. Pastore writes:

“How many trees are used to produce one week’s worth of paper in a Sunday New York Times newspaper? … One weekly issue of the New York Times consumes 75,000 trees. … One year of Sunday papers produced by the New York Times is responsible for the destruction and consumption of more than 3,900,000 trees.”

At the book’s companion website, the author urges: “Don’t buy the paperback. The 368-page paperback edition is $ 20, while the ebook version cost 4 dollars, saves trees, and contains all the same content as the paperback — except the paper!”

50 Benefits of Ebooks
A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Digital Reading Revolution

Edition: October 2010
by Michael Pastore
Ebook editions: PDF and EPUB
66,000 words.
Published by Zorba Press, ISBN: 978-0-927379-17-5
Companion blog site: www.EpublishingTimes.com
Paperback, 368 pages, Indexed, $ 20
Ebook versions (PDF, .AZW, and EPUB): $ 3.99
The PDF ebook is 6″x9″, 368 pages.
The ebook editions contain all the same content as the 368-page paperback.

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