Old titles reborn as eBooks

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Books, Brian's Blog | 0 comments

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Three of my long out-of-print books, Alberta Originals, Scoundrels and Scallywags, and Boondoggles, Bonanzas and Other Alberta Stories, are back in circulation again – as eBooks. You can buy them, for $9.99 a copy, from Amazon, Kobo or iTunes. The hyperlinks are on my Books page HERE. For public library patrons, they’re also available through OverDrive, the American company that distributes digital titles to libraries around the world.

The eBook option is a godsend for writers today. Time was, as recently as 10 years ago, that a book would go out of print, the publishing rights would revert to the author, and the publisher would dispose of the remaining stock at a deep discount. The author would then be left with the choice of either letting the title lie quietly in its grave or republishing it as a print-on-demand book, which is not a cheap option.

Republishing the work as an eBook is a considerably less expensive alternative. An author can do it for free by using a program such as Apple’s iBook Author, or spend a couple of hundred bucks and have it done by a professional. Going the iBook route will result in a beautiful book, but it can only be uploaded to iTunes and can only be read on a Mac or iPad.  A professional, on the other hand, can format the book for reading on any device and make it compatible with the platforms of all the major online retailers.

I used a Canadian company named Human Powered Design to convert Alberta Originals, Scoundrels and Scallywags and Boondoggles, Bonanzas and Other Alberta Stories into eBooks and distribute them to online retailers. They did a fine job. Working from the original print design files, they completed the work in a matter of days. I will be pleased to use them again when my other titles go out of print.

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