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Sunday, May 1, 2011

eStorybooks - A Bold New Idea

Something big is about to happen.

Think of it as Phase 2 of The E-Book Revolution. Phase 1 was the transition of print books to electronic form. People all over the world are reading novels on Kindles and Nooks, and even on smart phones, but let's face it: tiny smart phone screens were designed for lighter reading than "War and Peace". But they would be perfect for reading a short story, wouldn't they?

Author Keith B. Darrell has coined the phrase “eStorybook” for individual short stories published in eBook format.

Sometimes you want a full-course dinner; and other times you just want a candy bar. It's great to curl up at night with an eBook, but for those times when you can't squeeze in a novel, you can still fit in an eStorybook. Whether reading an eStorybook on your smartphone, during a cigarette break, or on the train ride home, you get a complete entertainment experience in a bite-sized portion timed for your busy lifestyle.

Starting this month, Keith will began releasing a stream of eStorybooks for varying ages and crossing multiple genres. The first eStorybooks will published for Kindle e-readers and available on Amazon.com’s Kindle store, with plans to produce eStorybooks in EPUB format in late 2011.

The stories will come in all different lengths - as long as 15,000 words or as brief as 2,000 or less. The wonderful thing about short stories is length is not important (that's why they're called short stories); it's the beauty of the prose and the impact of the story that readers value. And what a value! Every Kindle eStorybook will be priced at 99 cents - the lowest price Kindle allows. Amazon keeps 70 cents and approximately 29 cents goes to the author. Less than the price of a candy bar.

So watch this blog for updates on new eStorybook releases. Support the author and purchase them as they are released. Spread the word. Phase 2 has begun.

2 comments:

  1. What an interesting concept.I don't have a Kindle but wish I did. You are so right that this is the wave of the future. I will definitely be stalking you to see what's next.

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  2. Hi Pam. Would you believe you don't even need a Kindle to read Kindle eBooks? You can download Kindle For PC and begin reading Kindle eBooks right on your computer. Download it here - http://j.mp/mb1YpL .

    I'm also making every eStorybook available in both Kindle format and EPUB format, so even if you don't have a Kindle, you will be able to read my eStorybooks on EPUB readers like Adobe Digital Editions (a free e-reader). Opera also has a great e-reader widget that loads independently from the Opera browser and reads EPUBs.

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