A good cover attracts
people to a book. Cover art has a new life in the digital world where so much of
the cutting edge in publishing is happening.
Ebooks are greatest game
changer in publishing to have happened in the past several years. Physical
bookstores are slowly being replaced in the digital world of booksellers. These
books are made from paper. They are electronic. They are called ebooks. By now
most people will have heard about Kindle, iphone, ipad, Nook, Sony and other
readers that allow readers to download books and read them from a computer or
smart phone. Millions of people have bought one of these devices and have
downloaded books on them. Kindle is the clear winning horse so far in this
The new technology is
important for authors who live and write far outside the commute distance to New
York or London. I write and live in Bangkok. My long time publisher in Thailand,
Heaven Lake Press must deal with shipping costs when selling physical books to
other countries. The cost and delays inevitable through international shipping
makes it more difficult to bring in new readers. Not to mention that tourist who
have been a major market for my books are an extinct species in Thailand after
the events over the last week or so.
Ebooks are a way to reach
readers who would otherwise not come across my books. And who may never find
themselves in Thailand.
Because of contractual reasons, four books in the Vincent Calvino series
are handled out of New York. The other books in the Calvino series remain not
available on kindle at all as they are also caught up in the contracts. Later
this year, that situation should change. Thai-based publisher Heaven Lake Press
has converted my non-Calvino books into ebooks. HLP has been doing a great job
getting my books listed for sale on amazon and other digital bookstores.
The word, however, needs
to get out. That’s where you come in. Tell a friend about the books next time
someone mentions that they’ve bought a Kindle or Sony reader.
In traditional publishing,
once a book cover was locked in that was pretty much it. That was the only cover
you would ever see for that edition of the book. Covers are expensive to
produce. They require talent and money and time to do right.
Heaven Lake Press has been
coming up with new covers for the literary/commercial novels. An example is the
kindle cover for A Bewitching Smile:
Amazon Kindle : A Bewitching
I like the cover and would
invite you to drop me an email and tell me your thoughts about the new cover for
A Bewitching Smile as well as your experience with ebooks. Do you like them? Do
you buy them? Is it a different kind of reading experience? Does the lower price
for an email (not to mention the instant delivery) appeal to you?
Amazon Kindle : God of Darkness
Amazon Kindle : Tokyo Joe
Amazon Kindle: Gambling on Magic