Find & buy any book ever published ..

… well nearly.

A friend of mine introduced me to this wonderful site over the weekend

The Advanced Book Exchange

Apart from being able to source nearly absolutely anything, it’s got a neat community.

If you know of any other book repositories like this, please post them as a comment …

New Authors Unleash their Books Inside

I am really proud to tell you about the great progress three new authors have made since they attended the Unleash the Book Inside workshop in the first half of this year.

New authors, Wendy Salter, Lisa Turner and Jackie Walker, have all been extremely productive and made great progress towards getting their books in print.

Wendy has written a complete four-part novel called ‘HerStories’, which is being published this year.
Earlier this year she became a ‘published’ author through building her blog site. Visit Wendy Salter, Avia today to win a free ebook version of ‘HerStories’ Part 1.
And success comes in threes – she’s had one of her poems published in ‘The Best Poems and Poets of 2007.
‘Unleash the Book Inside’ client Wendy says, “I was very nervous about the blog site but Tom guided me through its creation and I am now decidedly ‘unleashed’! It gave me the confidence to write my novel.”

Equally prolific, but in a different genre and field, has been Lisa who now has two new ebooks out to her name – with more in the pipeline.

The first one is free and written for coaches, healers and therapists helping them in running their business successfully.

Get your free guide to running a successful practice here

The second is combined with an MP3 guided meditation and is a gentle introduction, and lead in, to Lisa’s evolutionary Lightworker Training programme.

Lightworker’s Guide to Mastering Materialism

Together, they are an excellent example of how you can speedily use your writing to access a global market.

In just a couple of week after they were launched, Lisa has had her first overseas sales. In addition, we’ve opened an encouraging dialoque with a literary agent who specialises in the genre of Mind, Body, Spirit.

Last but not least is Jackie Walker, the Divorce Coach.
Jackie has produced an ebook of her 7 day course called, appropriately enough, 7 Easy Steps to Stress-less Relationship. It is available to download here

I was particularly impressed with the speed that Jackie brought this to market and she’s now working on a new book to challenge and explore the mystery and magic of successful relationships.

Ebook readers – a blessing or a curse?

Following the launch of the Amazon Kindle earlier this year, Sony are following suit with the launch of the Sony Reader which will be available from Waterstones.

Borders are also getting in on the act by stocking the Iliad Reader

As an ex-techie turned writer I don’t propose to discuss the relative technical merit of each device – they use similar screen technology and each has pro’s and con’s – I suggest you keep an eye on the excellent articles in the Bookseller blog site

What is clear though is that what the iPod and MP3 players did for the music industry and CD sales, a similar scenario is likely to play out for the publishing industry – see here for some comment

& yes, Apple have entered the fray with the iPod Touch – while it doesn’t use the E-Ink, electronic paper technology, you can get your email, surf, play games and listen to music too.

While most of the readers can read unsecured formats like PDF, different vendors are coming out with proprietary formats for secured DRM material. From a customer perspective, an AAC/MP3 or VHS/Betamax scenario, is something we need like a hole in the head. Will manufacturers ever get over base level fears and greed driving strategy, I wonder. Perhaps today’s decision makers weren’t around in the 80’s to see that this doesn’t have a long term viability and a common format with a battle over device price vs features is much more healthy all round.

My thoughts are really geared towards what ebook readers will do for authors and readers (i.e. people not gadgets)

The authors’ perspective

For authors that work with me, I recommend that an ebook is one of the deliverables along the path to publication. Either a sample of the work can be tested and even sold or, for some books with multimedia content especially, the ebook can be a preferred format.

The ebook reader gives authors yet another route to market and one that potentially bypasses the publisher. With Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, you can submit your work directly.

If planned from the outset, the production of the PDF (or other format) ebook can be part of the overall process to getting in print.

For authors, the availability of a new route to [real] readers has to be a blessing and gets a Bookwright BIG TICK !!!

I for one have signed up for an Amazon DTP account and 100 Years of Ermintrude will be up there shortly, with my new novel following along (once it’s edited – see below for why)

The readers’ perspective

For me the jury is still out as to whether the experience of actually reading a book on an ereader is as good as a real book. I can’t wait to give it a go. Perhaps it will be different from a novel to a non-fiction book? It certainly will give me the opportunity to actually read all those ebooks that I have downloaded and never read.

One worry might be that the ease of ebook production and publication though might not instill the rigour that getting a book into print does in terms of editing, proof reading and pagination. This certainly happened in the music scene when all sorts of music of variable quality hit the market – in amongst it all were some gems of course.

So, should you go out and buy a reader?

Well for me, I already have such a backlog of existing conventional titles to read, I couldn’t consider it for at least 6 months anyway. In six months time, there will be more discounts at Christmas and New Year sales. You’ll also be able to pick up version 1 devices on ebay and the version 2’s hit the shops.

All that said, I’ve just got a new training course I want to take which is all in ebook format and I just wonder if I can save the cost of a reader for what it would cost in toner ink and paper to print it out ???


Useful Links

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Digital Text Platform

Sony Reader

Iliad Reader

Mobi Reader format

Books for iPod Touch

Unleash the Book Inside Correspondence Course

Unleash the Book Inside You

Unleash the Book Inside You

I am now delivering this successful workshop as correspondence course on a 1-2-1 basis anywhere in the world.

The course is designed for people who want to write a book but don’t know where to start.

It consists of a set of easy to follow exercises and two hours of 1-2-1 telephone mentoring (or you can come and see me in person if you live in the South East of England).

At the end of the course, you will have the motivation to write your book, a writing plan and publication strategy.

You’ll also learn how to get your book content delivered in your sleeping and meditation time and how to get both sides of your brain in sync.

As part of the mentoring process, we will identify any blocks and deal with them.

Download a brochure for the correspondence course

You will also learn how writing your book will change your life path.

Writing my first book ended up with me walking around London in a bra for 26 miles and now mentoring other authors on how to write their books.

Your book will be just about the best ‘business card’ you can ever have. It will open doors for you, give you and your business new credibility

AND … it is easier than ever to get published and get your words out there.