Pittsburgh, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 18, 2011
Dorrance Publishing Company to Provide Free E-books in March to celebrate "Read An E-Book Week"
March 6 to 12 is "Read An E-Book Week," a week set aside to promote and publicize all the benefits of e-book reading.
To celebrate, Dorrance Publishing, RoseDog Books, and Red Lead Press along with Sony Canada, E-Ink, Smashbooks, Warren Adler, and many others are partnering with http://www.ebookweek.com to promote reading e-books during this week and the entire month of March.
Dorrance, and its various imprints, will provide a different free e-book each day during the second week in March. Consumers simply need to visit dorrancebookstore.com, rosedogbookstore.com, or redleadbooks.com, to claim a free e-book. Each imprint will offer different e-books each day.
The traditional book publishing industry is in the doldrums, but sales of e-books are up sharply. Traditional books are losing ground at the alarming rates of 4 to 13 percent per month. By contrast, e-book sales for the past year grossed just under $300 million, and increase from the 2009 revenue of over $160 million. It is hard to ignore the growing impact of this phenomenon in the publishing industry.
E-books were originally thought of as electronic files that could be downloaded and read on computer screens. But as time has gone on and the technology has evolved, e-books are most often read on e-book readers today. The most popular are the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook. Amazon.com offers 800,000 titles for sale in e-book form, and currently 10 percent of the sales of those titles are in e-books. The future of e-book publishing will involve more platforms and devices and greater ease of downloading. Some devices can already connect for downloading through mobile phones. The Kindle Reader uses a "paper page" format that is currently only in black and white. But colored "paper pages" will be available in the future.
Google has announced that 3 million books in the public domain that it had scanned and made available for download on PCs are now available for downloading on mobile devices such as the iPhone and T-Mobile G1. Downloading printed materials occurs more quickly on wireless networks. And more books, some in copyright and in print, will soon be available on Google Book Search with permission of the rights holders.
The benefits of e-books include economy, ease of purchase, portability, the amount of storage available on the reading devices, and the impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of printed books includes pulp from trees, chemicals, returns clogging landfills, and the exhaust generated by transporting books from publishers to bookstores or customers. With e-books, files are downloaded electronically and read on a reader. Nothing is printed, transported, or disposed of. For all these reasons, it makes good sense to set aside a week to consider purchasing and reading an e-book, or at least developing an interest in them and becoming more informed about their possibilities.
Buyers can visit Google Book Search, Amazon.com, and the Dorrance, Rose Dog, and Red Lead bookstores to purchase e-books or go to http://www.ebookweek.com for more information about the "Read An E-Book Week" campaign.
For more information, contact Kathleen Haak at 1-800-788-7654 or khaak(at)dorrancepublishing(dot)com.
Dorrance Publishing is the nation's oldest authors services company. The Dorrance family of imprints provides authors with the level of personalized service they require to become a published author. All international standard book number (ISBN) eligible imprints have a bookstore returns allowed policy.
Dorrance Publishing http://www.dorrancepublishing.com/info.asp?program=prweb -- books have carried the Dorrance imprint for over 85-years. This full-service subsidy publishing imprint offers authors traditional, complete publishing services including editing, proofreading, original page and cover design, publication in paperback, hardback and custom or unusual book production specifications, original illustration creation, ISBN and copyright. Dorrance titles are printed and warehoused in anticipation of orders that may follow as a result of a defined, limited promotional plan.
RoseDog Books http://www.rosedog.com-- a full-service print on demand publishing imprint offering authors complete page design services, original cover design, editing services, original illustration creation, full-color and black and white books, a variety of book trim sizes, paperback or hardback binding, an ISBN and copyright. Authors can provide their manuscript on paper or in a digital file. RoseDog titles are printed when ordered and can be purchased on-line or through brick and mortar stores. Book promotion services are also available.
Red Lead Press http://www.redleadpress.com -- a very affordable publishing imprint for authors who need some help with basic page and cover design, an ISBN and copyright. Red Lead titles are printed when ordered and can be purchased on-line or through brick and mortar stores.
I-Proclaim http://www.i-proclaim.com --Using a self-serve on-line template an author can become a published author in minutes. There are no set-up fees and no minimum book order.