Monthly Archives: March 2012

E-books click as library visitors fall #FED_ebooks #library #ebooks #author #writer

Knox Weekly    Bayswater Vic Australia

by Tara McGrath

ONCE UPON A time, libraries were places to hunt out an old and dusty book – but that image is quickly being replaced by e-books, free wi-fi and interactive websites.

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However, as technology advances, the number of people visiting Eastern Regional Libraries branches in person is down by almost 500,000 in the past five years.

In the 2006-07 financial year there were 2.5 million physical visits to ERL branches, but in 2010-11 that dropped to just over 2 million. Website hits rose to 1.4million in 2010-11 from 478,406 hits in 2006-07.

ERL information services manager Paul Burden said this was because website redevelopments now featured e-resources and online learning for children.

E-books have been available on the ERL website since June last year and there have been 14,000 checkouts in that time.

Mr Burden said those numbers were rapidly increasing, with 2800 books checked out during February, and a spike in rentals just after Christmas last year.

Mr Burden said ERL had about 7000 electronic titles available, including e-books and audio books.

But Amazon Kindles cannot use the ERL software yet because of copyright problems with the e-book platform Overdrive. “There’s an 82-year-old lady in a retirement village who keeps asking when they’re going to be compatible because she has a Kindle she wants to use,” Mr Burden said.

Knoxfield bookworm Annette Schlafrig, 57, reads ERL e-books on her Netbook. Ms Schlafrig said the books were especially suited to older readers because they could change the font size.

“E-books have also been great for me while I’ve had a broken arm. I’ve read book after book but haven’t actually borrowed any physical books.”

Knox residents can learn how to use these new devices at a ‘technology petting zoo’ lined up at ERL branches.

Details: erl.vic.gov.au.

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New Zealand Book Award Finalist Published by First Edition Design Publishing #ebook #author #FED_ebooks #writer #publishing

Stassen the Hero of Odyss by New Zealand author Jean White released by First Edition Design Publishing.

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Stassen the Hero of Odyss

Stassen the Hero of Odyss is about a twelve-year- old boy growing up in the Middle Ages. It was a finalist in the 2011 Tom Fitzgibbons Book Awards. Helen Weller of Access Press said, “This is a very well written story about a period which has been rather overlooked by writers of children’s literature. The style is easy and the story factual and at the same time, interesting to a young reader.”

“We welcome Jean White to our international list of accomplished authors,”  First Edition Design Publishing’s Marketing Director, Tom Gahan said. “Working with authors from New York to New Zealand and submitting their books to over 100,000 distribution points world-wide shows our effective global reach.”

Stassen the Hero of Odyss ISBN 9781937520687 is available in ebook form through the Amazon Kindle store, Barnes and Noble, Apple’s iBookstore, Sony, and thousands of other on-line retailers around the world.

First Edition Design Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

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Within Day of Release Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl Climbs Charts #ebook #author #writer #FED_ebooks

Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl by Vicki Lindgren Rimasse hit Amazon’s Best Seller List in the Humor Essays category one day after its launch by First Edition Design Publishing.First Edition Design eBook Publishing

“Very well written. A great, fun read,” Deborah E. Gordon, CEO and Executive Editor at First Edition Design Publishing said about the book before its release.  On hearing about Vicki Lindgren Rimasse’s breakout book hitting Amazon’s list she said, “So excited when this happens! I think perhaps America has found a new Dorothy Parker and Irma Bombeck all in one person–Vicki Lindgren Rimasse.”

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Author Vicki Lindgren Rimasse

Author Vicki Lindgren Rimasse remarked about being ranked among Amazon’s Bestsellers “I am thrilled beyond measure.” About First Edition Design Publishing, the author said, “I chose First Edition because of their high standards and felt that it was the only publishing company of its kind that could offer me the benefits I needed– including International Distribution and excellence in customer service. The experience was so wonderful that I’m already planning two sequels.”

Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl in ebook is available through the Amazon Kindle store and numerous other on-line retailers around the world.

First Edition Design Publishing based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

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Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl by Vicki Lindgren Rimasse out in #ebook #writer #author #FED_ebooks

Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl (Who Thinks in Latin but Lives Near Hackensack) by Vicki Lindgren Rimasse has been released by First Edition Design Publishing in eBook format and distributed world-wide.

First Edition Design eBook PublishingRuminations of a Catholic School Girl is a compendium of random thoughts on food, love, sex, shopping, marriage, divorce, death, rebirth, the existential vacuum and music through essays, notes passed in class, and diary entries.  With vivid imagery and sardonic commentary, brings to life the story of a Boomer from Long Island, Gwen Patrick (the author’s alter-ego), who loves shoes, Beaujolais, shopping, food and most of all – food, family and friends. Chronicling her life from her first experience with parochial school in the 60s through her son Zimmerman’s high school years, it tells the story of a Long Island boomers experience and continuing journey. With references to Plutarch and Popeye, the Bible and Sex and the City, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Opera, Gwen’s journey will resonate with women of any age – and men who understand the importance of having the right mustard for their pastrami.

Very well written. A great, fun read,” said Deborah E. Gordon, CEO and Executive Editor at First Edition Design Publishing.

Ruminations of a Catholic School Girl in ebook is available through the Amazon Kindle store and numerous other on-line retailers around the world.

First Edition Design Publishing based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO,  Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

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Oxford Library eBook Revolution #ebooks #author #writer #library

By Laura Jones   www.oxfordtimes.co.uk

 

“If it means more books are available to more people then I think that’s a good thing.”– Oxford author Philip Pullman

OXFORD is world famous for its ancient books and iconic libraries.

But now the city could be on the brink of a literary revolution after library bosses added electronic books to their collections.

Although Oxfordshire County Council’s decision has been welcomed by some, others have raised concerns libraries could suffer as a result.

An array of 1,558 fiction and non-fiction titles are on offer and can be downloaded for free by library users.

Oxford author Philip Pullman last night gave the scheme a cautious welcome. The His Dark Materials author said: “If it means more books are available to more people then I think that’s a good thing.”

But voicing his fears about the impact of eBooks on publishing, he added: “It’s something that authors, publishers and agents are very worried about at the moment.

“The whole question is very, very tangled.”

Talking of the potential reduction in publishing royalties, Mr Pullman said: “I see absolutely no reason why we should give up part of our income because someone has found a new way to provide books.”

The Society of Authors has warned of the difficulties facing writers with the digital revolution gathering pace as publishers negotiate more heavily on royalties.

Borrowers have to add library software to their eReader devices, such as Kindles and iPads, before they can access the new service. Books can then be borrowed for up to 21 days.

Last year, the county council announced plans to axe funding from 20 out of 43 library branches.

Public pressure forced it to rethink its plan and all remained open, with many requiring varying levels of volunteer support.

But Mr Pullman said unless the council maintained its commitment to libraries the eBooks move “could be a way of spending less money on library services”.

He said: “If you don’t need a building and any staff it may be a way of saving money.

“Many people have said about libraries it’s not just about books it’s much, much more than that.

“The library is a place as well as a service. It’s an important place for people to go to meet, browse the shelves, read and do homework.”

More than 150 eBooks have been borrowed by readers using their library card number and a PIN code since the scheme launched on February 20.

Once their time is up the books disappear from devices, meaning the end of overdue book fines for forgetful borrowers. Readers can renew titles, but will not be able to do so if someone else has already logged a request to borrow them.

A council spokesman said: “Like in many other local authorities, there was a growing demand from the public for this service.

“It was only launched here in Oxfordshire a few days ago, how-ever there has already been some keen interest which we would expect to grow over the coming days, weeks and months, allowing us to reach out to more customers. “We plan to expand on the number of titles available to ensure people can benefit from as wide a choice as possible.”

Marcus Ferrar, the chairman of the Friends of Summertown Library, said that the new scheme was good news for Oxfordshire. He said: “I think the council is absolutely right to move with the times. If people prefer to read on Kindle or iPad then it’s great that’s available to them.”

Mark Thornton, of Mostly Books, Abingdon, said: “My instinct is it won’t damage independent booksellers – eBooks in general are impacting on booksellers, but the library allowing lending is a good thing.”

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To Then and Back Again by J Bryson McMillan available in eBook and print book #author #ebooks #publishing #PrintOnDemand

To Then and Back Again by J Bryson McMillan has been released in eBook and print book formats by First Edition Design Publishing.

To Then and Back Again is a book for those who enjoy the trials and First Edition Design eBook & Print On Demand Publishingtribulations of real life people and feel they can, or would like to, relate to those whom they are reading about. It’s a memoir about only those richest, most interesting details concerning the author’s life. It was written to convey those sometimes simple, sometimes complex, but many times emotionally charged experiences of his life.

To Then and Back Again by J Bryson McMillan is now on sale at all major online retailers.  ISBN 9781937520656 (eBook),  ISBN 9781937520663 (Print); Key Words – Memoir, Molested, UFO, Suicide, Alien, Fire, Murder, Independence, Revenge, Fragile.

First Edition Design Publishing based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon,Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO,  Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

“Like”  First Edition Design Publishing on Facebook to see the video – “eVolution of eBooks.”

 

 

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eVolution of eBooks Traces Written Word History #author #ebooks #writer RT

First Edition Design Publishing has created a video titled, “eVolution of eBooks.”  The four minute clip takes a whimsical look at the written word and how it has been recorded and read from the Dark Ages to the present day.

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eVolution of eBooks from First Edition Design Publishing

The fun information video is available for free just by visiting First Edition Design’s Facebook page and clicking “Like”.  Once visitors become a First Edition Design Publishing Facebook fan they receive a page with a “download now” button to view the video.  Those who are already members can access the video by clicking on the “Welcome” tab.  The eVolution of eBooks video is available until March 14, 2012.

First Edition Design Publishing based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to AmazonApple ibookstore Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, AndroidEBSCO,  Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

Visit First Edition Design Publishing on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/first.edition.design

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All Quiet On The Realty Front Released #author #ebooks #realestate

All Quiet On The Realty Front by John Hepburn is now out in eBook (ISBN 9781937520632)  and print book (ISBN 9781937520625)  from First Edition Design Publishing.

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Released by First Edition Design Publishing in ebook and print book.

All Quiet On The Realty Front is a collection of short stories, all real estate related, some sad, some humorous, some food for thought. Initially written as a promotional, closing or a client gift from a real estate professional to their client, it was expanded due to reader request to be offered to the general reading public as a “fun” read.

First Edition Design Publishing based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO,  Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.

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