Somebody clearly needed to put some order into the presentation of ebook information. Enter “Ebook Latest,” (http://ebooklatest.wordpress.com) a new blog created by Spanish-based expatriate journalist and editor, Michael Booth. “A lot is happening in electronic publishing,”
Traditional publishers--those who have always decided who got into print--are publishing fewer books, and cutting back staffs and services to authors. At the same time, technology now permits authors to dispense with publishers. Writers can now publish their manuscripts online as ebooks automatically and for free, and sell them in the big online bookstores.
The purpose of Ebook Latest, according to Booth, is to bring together in a single blog all the updated and authoritative information an interested person needs to stay on top of the burgeoning ebook phenomenon. “Just a few years ago ebooks were practically limited to public-domain re-editions and technical manuals,” adds Booth, “but the presentation of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader in 2007 aroused public interest in electronic publishing. Since then other hip, innovative companies like Google, Smashbooks, Sony, Apple, etc., have joined the growing ebook movement, and public interest--especially the writing public--has multiplied geometrically. There is even a growing community of published authors and publishing companies beginning to convert their bound books to ebook formats.”
Just last week, Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, announced at a media event in London that he foresaw the time when the U.S. newspaper of record would no longer exist in its printed form. “That was a historic moment in publishing history and a powerful endorsement of electronic publishing,”
“Ebook Latest” is just one leg of a larger ebook-publishing diffusion project. The other is “The Ebook Crew,” (http://ebookcrew.ning.com) a new social network for indie authors and others who have an interest in self publishing their literary creations and non-fiction works as ebooks.
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Ebook Latest is the second site created for a new ebook-publishing diffusion project. The first one was The Ebook Crew, a social networking site for people interested in self publishing their manuscripts as ebooks.