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New Edition of =50 Benefits Of Ebooks=

For Immediate Release: 2010 October 01
Ithaca, New York

50 Benefits of Ebooks, Revised Edition, Explores the Joy of Reading Ebooks

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50 Benefits of Ebooks
A Thinking Person’s Guide to The Digital Reading Revolution
Edition: October 2010
by Michael Pastore

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Published by Zorba Press
ISBN: 9780927379175
Revised and Expanded, 66,000 words
Book web site:
Paperback, 368 pages, Indexed, $ 20
Ebook versions (PDF or EPUB): $ 3.99

A revised and expanded new ebook 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 now available 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 (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.

About the Book

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)

“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.”

In addition to technical information and advice, the book promotes the value of reading, and a humanized approach to this new technology. Included here is an thoughtful article about things to come: “Reading the Future: Ten Tremendous Trends in 2011.” Pastore’s new essay about the essence of the digital reading revolution (a response to The Shallows by Nicholas Carr) is The Depths: How Ebooks Can Fix Your Concentration, Increase Your Intelligence and Renew Your Distracted Brain.

Authors will discover tips, tricks and resources for ebook publishing; and library professionals will enjoy the book’s glossary of epublishing terms, index, links to leading-edge ebook sites, and sections about how and why ebooks are good for libraries. A new chapter discusses the obvious and hidden benefits of reading on Apple’s revolutionary iPad.

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 two dollars, saves trees, and contains all the same content as the paperback — except the paper!”

The ebook editions are currently available in two formats: PDF and EPUB. The PDF format is primarily designed for reading on desktop and laptop computers. The new EPUB format is primarily for iPhones, iPods, and a number of PDAs and ebook readers. “The EPUB format is the current big thing,” says Pastore. “It’s quickly becoming the industry standard, capable of being read on more and more software programs and hardware devices.”

Pastore is a strong proponent for the new EPUB standard for ebooks; and an equally strong opponent of DRM (Digital Rights Management), which he claims is a disservice to ebook consumers. He writes: “Ebooks were never meant to be hidden like the lost city of Atlantis, buried like the treasures of Monte Cristo, or guarded like the gold in Fort Knox.”

The author loves paper books, and hopes that they are never completely replaced by their electronic progeny. But Pastore is optimistic about the future of ebooks. He writes: “Every day, ebooks are growing in use, in sales, and in significance. After a dozen false starts over the past ten years, the Digital Reading Revolution is here at last.”

To buy the new book or ebook, readers can visit the book’s web page, or purchase a copy (for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone) from the iTunes iBookstore.

50 Benefits of Ebooks (Publisher’s web page)

Release Schedule

Available Now: ebook in PDF
Available Now: ebook in EPUB
Coming soon to the iTunes iBookstore (EPUB)
November 1: paperback (368 pages)

About the Author, Michael Pastore

Michael Pastore is the editorial director of Zorba Press. He is the author of more than 20 books: novels and non-fiction works on various themes. His articles and essays have appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. He edits the blogs EpublishersWeekly (.com and .net), and actively supports the causes of reading great books, independent publishing, and Amercia’s transition to a sustainable society. Currently he lives, cycles and writes in Ithaca, New York.

About Zorba Press

A small, independent publisher in Ithaca, New York, Zorba publishes works by Michael Pastore, Dorothee Krahn, Rae Foley, Alicia Dattner, Lisette Rimer, Dr. Thanasis Maskaleris, and renowned author and film-maker, Michael Tobias.

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