This is the first of a planned 3-part posting about eBooks, print books, and what I’ve discovered after a year of reading both formats. I’ve been collecting articles over the past few months that cover the views of many people about the state of publishing at the moment and what that means for authors and, more importantly, readers. I hope that everyone will find something of interest here …
First up is the link to an eZine I maintain on all things eBook and ePublishing: eBook News and Reviews
The opportunities ePublishing presents
From dna: The Evolution of e-publishing: Why India has lagged behind in adapting eBooks by Gargi Gupta
From HuffPost Books: The 8 Most Influential People in E-Book Single Publishing by Howard Polskin
From Forbes: EBooks Breathe New Life Into Novellas by Suw Charman-Anderson
From io9: How can you make the eBook novella boom work for you? by Charlie Jane Anders
Which is exactly what we’ve discovered here at IslandShorts!
Getting eReaders and eBooks into the hands of bricks-and-mortar-bookstore patrons
From GoodEreader: Kobo to bring eReaders and eBooks to Spain via La Central Bookstore by Michael Kozlowski
From Galleycat: Buying eBooks Through Your Local Indie Bookstore by Jason Boog
And how innovative bricks-and-mortar bookstores can prosper by embracing eBooks
From TeleRead: Ada’s Technical Books shows how bookstores can survive in an e-book world by Chris Meadows
New innovations in publishing that are good for the entire business
From The Shatzkin Files: Now HERE is an experiment that looks like it worked and is worthy of replication
From The Digital Reader: HarperCollins Reports Revenues Down, eBook Revenues Up – a Sign That the eBook Market Hasn’t Flattened by Nate Hoffelder
What authors need to know if they are contemplating ePublishing
From Callisto Green: What every author needs to know about ebooks
From MorgEn Bailey’s Writing Blog: Guest post: Time to Kiss and Make Up? by Dave Sivers
The relationship between Libraries and ePublishers
From Library Journal: eBooks for Libraries: Still a Ripoff by AnnoyedLibrarian
From Forbes: You’ll Need a PhD To Make Sense Of The Pricing Schemes Publishers Impose On Libraries by Ava Seave
And from the Readers’ perspectives
From Talking Writing: Why Aren’t More People Reading eBooks? by David Biddle
From BBC News Africa: Will e-publishing help Africa switch on to reading?
From The Shatzkin Files: The truth is we do not yet know whether ebooks will work for anything except readerly books
From The New York Review of Books: E-books Can’t Burn by Tim Parks
IslandShorts will soon be publishing a new short story by Michael Fay. Here’s the cover, with art by Karen Sloan …
In 1957, Danny is struck down with rheumatic fever and discovers a strange and frightening world on the children’s ward of the hospital. During months of recuperation his powers of observation are heightened and ultimately the time spent alone teaches him not only about survival, but about becoming the “big boy” the nurses constantly urge him to be, as he learns to accept the inevitable tragedies of life that surround us all.
The Healer is the third short story written by J. Michael Fay (also available: Tenderness and The Whirlabout), and the fourth in a series, published by IslandShorts.
“In Michael Fay’s rich new story, Danny’s rheumatic fever sends him to hospital where he encounters Sammy, a leukemic boy who tells him of a Healer who will come when called, and who will heal all who ask. Danny later feels great need of the Healer when his own life takes a dizzying, tragic turn. In openhearted, unsentimental prose, Michael Fay’s coming-of-age tale reminds us that our own inner resilience trumps all invisible wishes for a Healer who may or may not come.”
~ Kimmy Beach, author of The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013)
The Healer is available to preview as a Flipbook sampler here.
For more information on all the titles published by IslandShorts and where to order these eBooks, check out our page on this blog.
As the summer slips away, a great way to bring it back! ~ J. Michael Fay
Susan M. Toy captures the magic of the summer of ’65 in this tale of love and loss of innocence. The lake is alive with boys and girls, skiing and romancing. Rachel constantly spars with her younger sister, neither girl realizing the extent of life-changing problems that float below the surface for both a friend’s family and their own. Toy writes with confidence and elegance in That Last Summer and, as Juliet says in a famous scene performed around an August bonfire, “Parting is such sweet sorrow … ”
In the summer of 1965, Rachel Wainstaff is uprooted from her life in Toronto and her boyfriend to spend a reluctant summer with her family at their secluded cottage at Lone Pine Lake. In this story of self-discovery and young love, Rachel’s joys and disappointments are inextricably tied to making new friends and meeting a special boy, all while dealing with the irritation of her younger sister. Still, the true heart of this piece lies in the complicated relationship the teenaged Rachel has with her mother and father. That Last Summer is a poignant love letter to the lazy, sun-soaked days of an Ontario summer at the cottage.
~ Kim McCullough, author of Clearwater
Susan M. Toy spent all the summers of her youth at the family cottage near Minden, ON. During that time, she was a voracious reader and always dreamed of becoming a writer of her own stories. That Last Summer was originally written as an entry for the 3-Day Novel Contest, and it is the third eBook to be published by IslandShorts, an imprint of IslandCatEditions.
Invites YOU to join us for our
New Publications Launch
on Sept. 29th, 2-4 p.m., in Minden, Ontario, Canada
Featured readings by Michael Fay, Susan Toy and Bruce Hunter
Light refreshments will be served
Books and eBooks will be available to purchase
Original cover art on display by Karen Sloan and Judy Gibson
Looking forward to co-hosting and reading at this event today! It’s a beautiful day in Minden, and we have lots of refreshments for the full house we expect will attend. There’s no doubt that IslandShorts will be launched in style!