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The Future of School Books?

Printed textbooks may soon become a thing of the past! Education is going digital! Continue reading

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Great Information For New Publishers!

If you’re thinking about publishing your own book, I’ve got some great information for you! Continue reading

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What’s Going On With Harper-Collins?

Aloha everyone! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate you reading this blog. Thank you!

In a few previous posts I have discussed how Harper-Collins makes library books disappear when they’ve been checked out to many times for their liking. In yesterday’s post I  talked about how they are being taken to court because of ebook price fixing. Here we go again… Now they’ve knocked off someone else’s book cover artwork. What makes this particularly reprehensible is Harper-Collins offered to buy the rights from the artist, but the artist refused. Harper-Collins decided they were going to use it anyway!

After being challenged by the artist, Harper-Collins said they will change the cover artwork. The question is why on earth did they try to rip it off in the first place?

You’ve got to read my source material for this post. There’s more to this story! Please “click here” to check it out for yourself!

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Publishers Accused of eBook Price Fixing!

Lawsuit alleges publishers colluded to raise prices for popular eBooks and block Amazon from providing discount pricing. Continue reading

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College Students Would Give Up Sex For eBooks!

Kelton Research recently completed a market research survey for educational software company Kno with surprising results! The survey was offered to college students during the period of 14-21 July, 2011, asking their preferences concerning digital learning over traditional textbooks. A … Continue reading

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The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Opens eBook Store!

Good news for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students! The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in cooperation with Impelsys, a company dedicated to enabling traditional publishing companies to go digital, has opened an ebook store!

According to  information on the ASHP  eBook website, “When you purchase an eBook from ASHP’s iPublish Central, you can read your eBooks within iPub Central’s own online eBook reader using a web browser, or offline with the iOffline reader. ASHP eBooks will also be available for purchase soon on Amazon for use on the Amazon Kindle and Kindle app.

When you  want to read your eBook online, you simply go to the ASHP eBooks website using your web browser, login, click on Bookshelf, select the book you wish to read and click “Read It.” You will have the option  to change viewing options, make personal notes, bookmark pages, and make searches.

There are  currently 25 eBooks available on the site, with prices ranging from $21.00 to $260.00, arranged into eight categories with many more additions being promised this year.

If you would like to know more, please “click here” and go there!

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Publish Your eBook For FREE With 2BHEARD!

There’s a new ebook publisher in town and they’re looking for you! If you’ve written a book and you’re looking for a way to publish it (especially if you’re on a budget), you should look this over. The name of the site is 2BHEARD and it has options for publishers and readers alike.

You can join 2BHEARD for free. Their Terms & Conditions (as with any business agreement) should be read throughly prior to joining. I could go on and on about them, but it’s easier to just refer you to the source! You can go there by “clicking here“!

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J.K. Rowling Releasing Harry Potter eBooks!

J.K. Rowling is opening an interactive website called Pottermore. The site officially opens in October, but a lucky few will be selected to test the site on July 31st.

As you probably know, none of the Harry Potter books were ever released as ebooks. This is all going to change. All the Harry Potter books will be available as both audio books and ebooks for immediate purchase and download at Pottermore.

What J.K. Rowling is doing is amazing. She is cutting her publishers and book sellers out of the picture and selling direct to her fans. She also promises to make additional Harry Potter materials available on the new website.

Everyone in our family is a Harry Potter fan and I’m really looking forward to joining Pottermore! If you would like to know more, please “click here.” J.K. Rowling has a video on the site with more exciting information!

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BookRix, A Source of Free of eBooks and Friends

I’ve come across another enchanting website for you to play on! It’s called “BookRix.” They’ve got thousands of free ebooks for you to download! These ebooks were written by members of the site and published for everyone to read, enjoy, and evaluate. They also have frequent contests where writers and readers alike can earn cash and prizes.

If that wasn’t enough, they feature several hundred social groups where you can read, write, and network with other  people who share your interests. If you would like to see everything they have to offer, please click here!

I joined this website today and I intend to explore it this evening. Maybe I’ll see you there! Look for someone signed in as “ebookchronicles” and that will be me!

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Petition Circulating against HarperCollins

I’ve written several articles about HarperCollins and their policy concerning ebooks they sell to libraries. After one of their books has been loaned out 26 times, it self destructs and the library must buy another copy if they wish to continue making it available.

I believe a library acquires ownership rights when they purchase an ebook from a publisher. I believe the library, which becomes the legal owner of any ebook they purchase, should be the one to determine how that ebook is disposed of, not the publisher they purchased it from! And like a paper book, I believe a library should be able to sell their ebooks just like they sell their paper books when they become obsolete.

Here in Florida many of our libraries have been forced to reduce their staff and operating hours because of budget cuts. The decision by HarperCollins to make libraries pay more for their ebooks when they are suffering from such budget cuts is predatory and disgraceful!

There is an online petition circulating that has garnered over 63,000 signatures. I’ve already added my name to it. If you believe as I do, you can add your name to the petition by clicking here.

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