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Winners at eBook Awards

iPub-Press had two winners at the recent 2012 Global Ebook Awards


Best Illustration in Non-Fiction

  • Joy after the Fire, When Grief, Loss, and Despair are the Seeds of New Joy and Growth by Joyce Wycoff

Sports/Fitness/Recreation Non-Fiction

  • Outdoor Moments – Snafu’s That Sportsmen Don’t Like to Talk About by Byron Graham
We also had two finalists which we think are winners too.

Children Picture Books Fiction

  • Andrew, The Ant Farmer Big City Adventure by Jack Lantz

Speculative Fiction – Science Fiction

  • City Beneath the Earth by Thomas Heiliger
It felt exciting to be at Global Ebook Awards ceremony and dinner in Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012. I was traveling for a while and couldn’t get oriented enough to write a post. (Good to be back home.) For more info, click here to reach our HOME PAGE.
For more information and the full list, CLICK HERE!

Market Prepares for New Tablets

The major players have positioned themselves for some advantage in preparation for the holiday season and impending announcements from Apple about the iPhone 5 and the now expected iPad Mini.

Google has released their first offering, the Nexus 7.

Amazon is having a press conference on September 6th to show off their new Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. These will be improved versions, having had some time to further advance design and software of their products. As yet, the Fire does not allow video or audio in their books, but it will only be a matter of time before they add this feature.

What’s left is that Apple is having a press gathering on September 12th that will probably only announce the iPhone 5, with another some time in October to reveal the purported iPad Mini.

The strategy has been well thought out by each manufacturer to take advantage of the cyclical nature of news. It mirrors how the movie industry plans their releases so as not to step on each other’s box office potential. (Movie release dates are planned years in advance.) Google and Amazon are hoping that you get excited about their products so that you convince yourself that it meets your needs before Apple delivers its next knock-out product.

Best Advice? You waited this long to get to the point of being open to the idea that the “wave of the future” could be yours today. You probably should wait, if you can, until they all arrive. If you can’t, then buy one that matches your requirements as you see them for the next year or two. Any choice will be empowering, giving you convenience and ability that you have never experienced before.

We are about two years into this New Wave of publishing. We have scratched the surface. There is now a critical mass of users, but we will seen more convergence of computer and tablet in the next few years so that one day you will think back to what you were doing in 2009 and marvel at how crude technology was and wonder how we ever got along.

iPub-Press will be reviewing and comparing a basic unit of each tablet when they are available. We would like to aid you in deciding which tablet might be the right fit for you. Just as in the automotive industry, there is room for many ways of addressing the market. Some people want to books simply, with no other distractions. Some others would like to check their mail, Twitter their friends, post to Facebook and read. Many will move toward the convenience of watching movies wherever they choose and writing their books, connecting to the internet and doing it all on a device that has replaced their desktop. When that day comes, we will help you decide how to leap into it.

Smoke & Ice — Legend of the Wolf

Available for the iPad.   Available for Kindle.

Cheers to Buckingham Mouse!

Recent Release: After months of mixing key ingredients: Art, the voice of Master Storyteller Mark Lewis and a fascinating tale of a mouse who lives where the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is held every year; we  are proud to announce the first eBook of the Storyteller Series from iPub-Press. Buckingham Mouse appreciates the Faire’s spirit of celebration and learns how to make the most out of his involvement.

Cheers to us!

Buckingham Mouse raises a glass with author Mark Lewis in
“The Faire Adventures of Buckingham Mouse”– Etching by Jack Lantz

This saga is entertaining and has drama. Relive the jubilant experience of your own visits to the Faire through the Adventures of Buckingham Mouse or get a “taste” of what it is like to attend the glorious festival that is the Pleasure Faire.

Available now  at the iBookstore by clicking HERE: 

Four iPub-Press eBooks Make Finals!

2012 Global Ebook Awards

Best Illustration in Non-Fiction

  • Joy after the Fire, When Grief, Loss, and Despair are the Seeds of New Joy and Growth by Joyce Wycoff
  • Preventing Sales Crimes by Peri Shawn

Children Picture Books Fiction

  • Andrew, The Ant Farmer Big City Adventure by Jack Lantz
  • Bella the Dragon by Barbara Nick
  • Bella and the Year of the Dragon by Barbara Nick
  • Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles by Mardo Williams
  • Penelope the Purple Pirate by Melissa Northway
  • Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Speculative Fiction – Science Fiction

  • City Beneath the Earth by Thomas Heiliger
  • Xenofreak Nation by Melissa Conway

Sports/Fitness/Recreation Non-Fiction

  • Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey by Jennifer A. Hanson
  • Outdoor Moments – Snafu’s That Sportsmen Don’t Like to Talk About by Byron Graham

OK! We are excited. After all the hard work, this comes as a nice surprise. Four books “made the cut.”  Winners will be announced at the Global Ebook Awards ceremony and dinner in Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012 and will be posted on this site on August 20, 2012!
For more information and the full list, CLICK HERE!

Alcatraz – Journey to the Island

Available on the iBookStore, Alcatraz – Journey to the Island is a photo essay and historical commentary of America’s most famous prison—Alcatraz. The video below is the media intro of the enhanced eBook. Billed as “Inescapable,” notorious prisoners and 14 different escape attempts were part of the lore of the island. Even shutting it down did nothing to quell the mystery of Alcatraz, as it then became a rallying point for Native Americans to cry out against the poor treatment and lack of respect that the government had for their plight.
Alcatraz is more than a place. It has been a symbol of extreme punishment and loss of rights, an “end-of-the-line” destination filled with despair, yet a symbol of hope, not only to Native Americans, but also in films and to many generations of Americans and citizens throughout the world.

Available now on iTunes, you can get a free sample and order it HERE:

This Multi-Touch eBook reveals what it is like to go visit the island and encourages you to consider your own journey whenever you may be close to San Francisco. Alcatraz is a terrific place to visit and will be one of your most memorable experiences. The National Park Service has partnered with an excellent concessionaire in Alcatraz Cruises to make your stopover memorable. Tours are available daily, but you must have reservations in advance and in the summer, it is better to make them days in advance in order to insure a seat. You can only enter the island and the tour via Alcatraz Cruises ferries, however, you may circle the island with other excursion packages. This is an exciting display of fine photography combined with detailed information about the history of Alcatraz.


Transitional World

Author Neil Gaiman gives a commencement address to young artists graduating this year from  Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. His comments noted from 17:20 to 19:20 minutes in the presentation are bullet points to publishing in this era.

Presenting “Little Leaf”

This wonderful “Read Aloud” children’s book is a tale of a young leaf as it strives to grow up and accomplish something in its life. Told as a parable, it seems that being preoccupied with achieving “more” pervades even the world of Nature.

Luckily, Little Leaf has someone wise who patiently guides it along a path to maturity and understanding until finally, it realizes how amazing it’s tiny life has been as it finds fulfillment and gratitude.

Now available at the Apple iBookstore for the iPad on sale  HERE!

Duke University studies eBooks

If you use your imagination, you can see that in five to ten years, school course study will have evolved just because of the practicality of having tablets contain all the books you might be required to do your coursework negating the necessity of carrying 25 pounds of books with you to class.

The Duke University Libraries recognize that the format of the book, along with the content, plays an important role in the research process. The Libraries are committed to advocating for optimal e-book functionality in every phase of the research process. The guiding principle behind this E-Book Advocacy Statement is that e-books should have the following functionalities as an essential part of research support.

The Libraries are

  • exploring the complexity of the research process and how e-books fit within this process
  • learning from readers about their preferences
  • advocating to publishers on behalf of researchers’ needs

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Kindle and iBookstore

The best way to order our books is to click on the listing of the book in which you are interested. This will take you to both a description of the title and at the bottom, a link to where it is available.

In answer to some reader questions, we want to explain that right now, we are presenting books either in Kindle or ePub format. Some books are on both format, some on one, depending on the design of each book. W also plan to publish for the Barnes & Noble Nook, but are not sure exactly when.