In February 2013, Forest River Press shifted to digital publishing only and is happy to announce its first e-book Thursdays in Yokohama by Wm. Penn, which is now available in Amazon stores around the world. (You can check out the book and sample the first few pages at the Amazon.com Kindle Store here and at the amazon.co.jp store here.)
DON’T HAVE A KINDLE? That’s not a problem. You can download FREE Amazon software so you can read any Kindle store e-book on your home computer (PC or Mac), iPad, smart phone, BlackBerry or other devices. Get the details and the download from Amazon here.
WHAT DO E-BOOKS OFFER THE READER? The ability to have instantaneous and inexpensive reading material at your fingertips. Plus you can declutter your book shelf and help save a few trees in the process. Need that novel or how-to manual NOW? You will have it in two seconds. The best part is that e-books are so reasonably priced. Without having to invest in paper, ink and traditional distribution channels, independent publishers can offer their work at incredibly low prices. There is no way I could have published Thursdays in Yokohama for $3.95 (or ¥387) in a paper version. E-books have turned the traditional publishing world playing field upside down and it’s a whole new ball game for readers and writers alike.
WHY GO DIGITAL? I’m a latecomer to the world of digital publishing. For years, I preferred the paper and ink approach and was skeptical of POD (print on demand) publishers who charge to publish your book and then charge you again to buy it and ship it. In that world, self-publishing locally and independently, despite being a lot of work, seemed the best route. The rise of the e-book has changed all that. Digital publishing saves independent publishers time, energy and money and gives you worldwide circulation for your book in a matter of hours. Digital publishing is not without its challenges (and I hope to be writing about some of them soon) but it ushers in an exciting new era for independent publishers.