New Publishing House Offers Virtually Beautiful, Uncommonly Inspiring e-Books

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"An e-book is more than the sum of its words—there's also art and design," says Art and Words Editions, a new publisher dedicated to creating stunningly beautiful e-books for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle.

When Kris Waldherr, an award-winning book designer, author, and illustrator, downloaded her first e-book, she was appalled at how ugly it looked. "I could hardly read it. I gave up after several pages," she recalls. However, Waldherr also recognized an opportunity: "I became determined to create beautiful e-books."

This month marks the successful launch of Art and Words Editions (ArtandWordsEditions.com), Waldherr's new digital publishing house based in Brooklyn, New York. Art and Words Editions specializes in impeccably designed and gorgeously illustrated e-books for children and adults. With e-readers hot sellers over the holiday season, she couldn't have picked a better time. In December, the New York Times reported that 10% of surveyed adults planned to purchase an e-reader as a gift; at the start of 2011, it was estimated that over 10.3 million e-readers were in use in the United States.

Art and Words Editions began by reissuing Waldherr's extensive back catalog -- she's published over twenty picture books for children and illustrated gift books for adults including the best-selling THE BOOK OF GODDESSES -- but expanded to feature other award-winning authors and illustrators. They include Robert D. San Souci (THE FIREBIRD, MULAN), Donna Henes (THE QUEEN OF MY SELF), and Lisa Hunt (THE FAIRY TALE TAROT, SOUL DRAWINGS). Waldherr says, "We intend to usher in a golden age of e-books for children and adults." Besides e-books, Art and Words Editions has also developed iPhone and iPod apps.

Art and Words Editions' e-books are available from Apple, BN.com, and Amazon for the iPad, Kindle, NOOK, and other e-readers. Want to play it safe? They also publish PDFs which can be read on any computer.

Visit ArtandWordsEditions.com to learn more and for purchasing links. For a limited time, receive a free e-book download when you subscribe to their newsletter.

Books and authors published by Art and Words Editions include:

Lisa Hunt (SOUL DRAWINGS: THE MYTHIC ART OF LISA HUNT) is a world-renowned artist who won the COVR Interactive Sideline Award for her ANIMALS DIVINE TAROT. SOUL DRAWINGS is an e-book original featuring 55 never-before-published original drawings. She is also the author-illustrator of THE FAIRY TALE TAROT and CELESTIAL GODDESSES.

Robert D. San Souci (THE FIREBIRD, YOUNG GUINEVERE) has won many awards for his highly regarded adaptations of folk tales from around the world including a Caldecott Honor. He also wrote the film story for Disney’s MULAN, based on the nearly 2,000-year-old “Ballad of Mulan”.

Donna Henes (THE QUEEN OF MY SELF, MOONWATCHER'S COMPANION) is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, popular speaker, and award-winning writer specializing in multi-cultural ritual celebrations of the cycles of the seasons and the seasons of our lives. Her joyful celebration of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than one hundred cities for thirty-three years. THE QUEEN OF MY SELF was praised by Olympia Dukakis as “insightful, funny, a treasure."

Kris Waldherr (THE BOOK OF GODDESSES, RAPUNZEL, PERSEPHONE AND THE POMEGRANATE, and SACRED ANIMALS) is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The print version of THE BOOK OF GODDESSES was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club top ten bestseller and a School Library Journal Pick of the List award winner. PERSEPHONE AND THE POMEGRANATE was praised by the New York Times Book Review for its "quality of myth and magic."

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