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Old 01-27-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Celebrate e-books during Read An E-Book Week

Rita Y. Toews is the author of various award winning e-books and also founder of Read An E-Book Week. E-Book authors are encouraged to contact their local media and drum up excitement about this form of publishing.

Fresh Voices - Fresh Choices For Readers

Each year Read An E-Book Week celebrates the fresh voices and fresh choices of electronic literature. There remains no doubt that e-books have gone from oddity to mainstream when the top 10 bestselling list for 2005 includes the Bible, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

Book lovers world wide have used their mouse buttons to send e-book sales soaring. A director of International Digital Publishing Forum, the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry, stated: "eBooks represent the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry."

Read An E-Book Week (March 5-11th, 2006) was registered with Chase's Calendar of Events four years ago to educate readers about the advantages of electronic books and to promote the fledgling industry. In 2002 publishers were struggling with low sales and libraries reluctant to consider their books. Today many libraries carry e-books and even provide e-book readers to their patrons. E-book topics now range from dance instruction to science fiction, and from repair manuals to romance novels.

In the past e-book sales were hampered by unpopular reading devices. Sony has recently introduced their electronic ink reading device which closely replicates the experience of reading a paper book. Competing digital publishing platforms have also hampered sales. On February 7th and 8th the International Digital Publishing Forum will meet in New York to develop a standard for content that would allow publishers to produce only one format for entry into their distribution channels.

E-book sales continue to rise each year by 25%-30% which gives e-book authors and publishers reason to celebrate.

Help celebrate e-books during Read An E-Book Week. If you are a vendor why not have a sale? If you are a publisher - set up a display. If you are an author approach your local media for a personal appearance to promote electronic literature. This is an OFFICIAL week and you have the authority to promote it.

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Old 01-27-2006, 07:28 AM   #2
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Very cool! I'll be sure to pass this info on!
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Old 01-27-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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Very nice, and well-deserving of a special day! But I think e-book reading is pretty popular outside of devices with a mouse.

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Great move! Let's hope it'll be a great success for e-book publishers.
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E-book sales continue to rise each year by 25%-30% which gives e-book authors and publishers reason to celebrate.
Does anyone know where I can get more info on this statistic? It's exciting news, but I'd like to do some due-diligence before telling others.
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Does anyone know where I can get more info on this statistic? It's exciting news, but I'd like to do some due-diligence before telling others.
Yes, you could try this link:

http://www.idpf.org/doc_library/statistics/Q22005.htm
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