Article Title: The Place of E-books and the Future of Electronic Publishing
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Book publishing, self-publishing, electronic publishing/books, e-books, digital books, digital publishing
Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htmland http://www.amazon.com/Publishing-Dummies-Electronic–book-ebook/dp/B006KRSNM4
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com
Other Articles by the submitter are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)
This piece (as with all my writings) may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps and/or encourages others “out there” along the ‘amazing journey of life’, then we’re very happy.
This article was originally written in about the year 2000 , so may introduce you to the subject of my little book, as well as telling you a bit about our journey in self-publishing…
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
THE PLACE OF E-BOOKS AND THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING
“The next information revolution is well under way…It is not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques, software, or speed. It is a revolution in CONCEPTS.”
“Money is what fuelled the industrial society. But in the informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by
those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge.”
– John Kenneth Galbraith
“The future belongs to those who apply knowledge with innovation and resourcefulness to find new paths – in business and in life.”
– Bill Rosoman and Craig Lock
Just sharing a few thoughts on our view of the place and future of E-books in the world of publishing (the “real world, as well as the vast unchartered realm
of cyberspace”) …
We at Eagle Productions (New Zealand) believe that e-book publishing is the way of the future (as shown by Steven King’s pioneering with “Riding the Bullet”). Though personally, I believe there will always be a place for traditional publishing with paper books. People will always love holding a real book out in the sun for their holiday
reading. I just believe electronic-publishing is way cheaper and far more immediate compared to “hard copy” publishing. Our electronic books are about a third the cost of our hard copies. People can print out the books, should they wish…or simply read on their computer screens… and so make the “greenies” happy.
Thus electronic publishing has many benefits for the reading consumer in terms of both cost and accessibility (immediate publishing), as well as for talented new authors, who may find great difficulty in getting their work accepted by traditional publishing houses – especially the well-known ones who rarely take on new authors in the current harsh publishing environment.
In addition, things are moving so fast with reading aids in electronic publishing. New technology is constantly developing the hand-held reader, so soon you may be able to download novels at the beach.
May the two forms of publishing work in tandem in the future, to the benefit of the consumer – in terms of ease , accessibility and especially affordability. More CHOICES for the consumer is of paramount importance in today’s very competitive purchasing- entertainment marketplace!
We have an ultimate vision (or dream) of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of scenic and tranquil New Zealand being a “renowned and recognised” centre of electronic, as well as conventional publishing, a world-renowned centre in providing quality courses in distance education and adult online teaching. Perhaps one day even a centre of excellence in developing technology in the South Pacific. Together with a presence and strong association in my “beloved, vibrant and diverse former
country”, South Africa (thanks so much, Stefan). In time all of my “lucky” 17 books will be available both electronically, as well as paper copies.
(Thanks to my “technogeek” associate, Bill, for all his knowledge, help, drive, talent, imagination and vision, as I’m a bit of a “techno-dummy”!
We are currently looking at the possibility of developing audiobooks (especially as an aid to the deaf). We believe an idea, a big helping of enthusiasm, together with a great deal of time and effort in implementing it, belief, faith in yourself and persistence (not necessarily in that order) is the key to marketing success and seeing a vision turn into reality.
That is our ultimate vision and something we at Eagle Productions in association with Bill Rosoman are daily striving towards with all our energies and creative endeavours.
Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books)
” Whatever the mind can conceive, can be achieved.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
P.S: If interested, our publishing vision may be viewed at:
“God desires us to soar with the eagles…and not scratch with the turkeys and sparrows.”
“Eagles may fly high…
but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”
“We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give.”
– Norman MacEwan
“We can all use the internet to reach out to the “global community” and build a better world in this new “Information Revolution” that is upon us. Let’s use it wisely, respect our diversity and unique cultures; but celebrate a new world in union. One where, like your founding forefathers in America, you can first celebrate the Independence Day of the strong burning creative spirit that is within you. If set alight, it is a flame that will burn brightly and make your personal VISION of the future a REALITY…and perhaps even your unique DESTINY.”
“Life is about finding, then following the dream… and one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”
– Craig Lock
The various books (including numerous novels) that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.htmlhttp://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock and www.lulu.com/craiglock
“Publishing for Dummies”: How to Write and Publish an Electronic Book (e-book) is available at http://www.amazon.com/Publishing-Dummies-Electronic–book-ebook/dp/B006KRSNM4