protected eBook technology, CyberRead
can convert your eBooks into the following
Mobipocket - Available to virtually
100% of the PDA market (Palms, Pocket
PCs, Win CE, Smart Phones, Psion, Desktops
and laptops) The most popular format due
to portability for the end user. Mobipocket
is the most user friendly - $200.00
for text only titles. If your book contains
tables, etc. please contact
us for a quote.
Microsoft Reader - Available
to Windows PCs, desktops, laptops and
Pocket PCs - - $200.00 for text
only titles. If your book contains tables,
etc. please contact
us for a quote
Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
- Available to Windows PCs, desktops,
laptops and Macintosh - $150.00
for text only titles. If your book contains
tables, etc. please contact
us for a quote
Each of these formats offer free reader
software the customer can download and
install. The software is small and easy
to use. Mobipocket, Microsoft Reader and
Palm Digital Media have dictionaries in
those formats that integrate easily with
the reader software. Additionally, our
Microsoft Reader files are available from
Amazon.com as well as 120 additional retail
outlets through our Content Reserve distribution
Introduction to Electronic
Books - eBooks
CyberRead, Inc., has been selling, converting
and distributing eBook since 1999. We
eBooks are the greatest advancement in publishing
since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing
press. With electronic publishing your market
is potentially the whole world. The Internet provides
a world without boundaries.
Let's look at the American Heritage® Dictionary
of the English Language definition:
e-book (or eBook) , noun
" A book whose contents are in an electronic
"eBook" is short for "electronic
book." An eBook is a digital book that you
can read on a computer or electronic reading device.
The CyberRead eBookstore currently supports the
Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader and the Adobe
eBook Reader formats as well as several others.
eBooks are electronic versions of books which
are delivered to consumers in digital formats.
There are a large number of devices being developed
to make reading eBooks easier for consumers. The
most popular device is the Personal Digital Assistant
(PDA). These are more commonly known as a Palm
Pilot or Pocket PC type device. Special software,
which makes documents or pages of a book easier
to read on a screen, has been developed by software
companies. A standard for eBook software, known
as the open-eBook standard, or OEB, has been developed
as a standard format for eBooks, but competing
standards such as Adobe's PDF exist.
The potential market for electronic books is
extremely large. Many sectors of the buying public
are already recognizing the benefits of eBooks
over paper books. Students who are tired of lugging
around forty pounds of textbooks (which become
obsolete quickly) and consumers or business people
who travel a great deal are two groups who seem
thrilled with the idea of downloading 10 or more
books into a small, portable reader. eBooks are
already starting to be trendy. Recent issues of
top women's magazines such as Vogue, have featured
eBook readers as the latest must-have fashion
accessory. This market could develop faster than
expected because leading publishers and technology
companies are pouring money and resources into
When we think about the future of publishing
we think about the costs of publishing. Right
now every single print book you sell has a direct
cost associated with it. These are hard costs
that you have no control over. Those costs are
the costs for the paper, the cover and the manufacturing
of the book to sell.
With eBooks, that is not the case. You have one
fee that covers the conversion into a particular
eBook format. Once you sell enough eBooks to cover
the conversion cost, that's it. That book is going
to be available as an eBook forever. You never
have to pay to convert that book again unless
you choose to convert it into another eBook format.
Every sale above the conversion costs is profit.
The cost of one eBook conversion can offer your
title to a global market place.
eBook Benefits & Formats
Not unlike the addition of audio books to the
book market, the addition of eBooks can create
a vast new revenue stream for your title.
Deciding what format to provide your eBook in
is extremely important so you meet the needs of
your potential readers. You want to make it as
easy as possible to read your work. The PDA market
is the largest eBook market at this time.
Benefits of eBooks
eBooks have features built into the reader software
that makes them similar to printed books. One
of the largest segments of the PDA market is business
people. These people typically have a Palm Pilot
type device for their schedules or address book.
It's always convenient to carry your handheld
computer with you. Whenever you're at the dentist
office, waiting at a café, on a weekend
getaway, even at home -- you can open your book
and pick up where you left off.
eBooks weigh nothing and take up very little
space on any electronic device. For example, a
Hewlett Packard Jornada 548 is slightly larger
than a deck of playing cards. On this small device,
one can carry over 85 books - including dictionaries
and reference materials.
Let's imagine that each one of those books, if
printed, was about 1 inch or so thick - We are
talking about an 8 foot tall stack of books. The
user could quadruple that amount with a small
memory card and not add one ounce to the device.
eBooks are searchable and dictionaries are dynamic.
If you are reading a book and happen upon a word
that you don't know the meaning of, you can tap
it and get the definition then go back to reading
the book. You can search an entire book for a
specific word and it will take you directly to
eBooks have variable type. This means you can
change the font size to make it easier to read.
eBooks are just like paper books in that you
can highlight in it, make notes in it and put
bookmarks in it.
You can't lose your book. The majority of eBookstores
have an online bookshelf. Your books are stored
on this bookshelf for you to return and download
eBooks can be read in any lighting condition,
from direct sunlight to total darkness. You can
read outside in a park or at night without the
light bothering the others in the room.
And let's not forget - The next generation is
the digital generation. Students today are not
only comfortable reading electronic text, they
prefer it. In the coming years, students will
carry more books in less space. These books will
be electronic. Will your book be available to
this new market?
In discussing formats I want to focus on the
PDA market. In the past 2 years, we have seen
growth in eBook sales as well as other software
directed to these devices. The market is estimated
at 48 Million people globally using PDA devices
and they are looking for more ways to use them.
The eBook trend is moving toward mobility. The
following formats offer portability and security
against unauthorized copying of eBooks.
Using copyright protected eBook technology, CyberRead
can offer your eBooks in the following formats:
Mobipocket - Available to virtually 100% of the
PDA market (Palms, Pocket PCs, Win CE, Smart Phones,
Psion, Desktops and laptops) The most popular
format due to portability for the end user. Mobipocket
is the most user friendly
Microsoft Reader - Available to Windows PCs,
desktops, laptops and Pocket PCs
Palm Digital Media - Available to Palms and Pocket
Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - Available to Windows PCs,
desktops, laptops and Macintosh
Each of these formats offer free reader software
the customer can download and install. The software
is small and easy to use. Mobipocket, Microsoft
Reader and Palm Digital Media have dictionaries
in those formats that integrate easily with the
Digital Rights Management
When we think of a digital file, we think of
how easy it is to copy it from one computer to
the next. eBooks could be the same way. But how
do I get paid for each book, you ask? Digital
Think of Digital Rights Management as a combination
lock on your book that is reset for each reader.
When a reader buys your book, it is 'locked' to
their device or computer. If they try to give
it away, the other person (who didn't buy it)
cannot open it. So you get paid for each sale,
just like with printed books.
Don't let the terms of e-publishing scare you
into inaction. The terms such as, XML, ONIX, OEB,
PFD, TIFF, JPEG and Gigabyte. That is the responsibility
of Bookstand Publishing and CyberRead. We'll handle all
the technical aspects of publishing your work.
You should relax and write!
You are probably familiar with Stephen King's
foray into eBooks, but did you know that James
Patterson, Michael Connelly and Mary Higgins Clark
are in eBooks? Most of the larger publishers have
seen the advantages and market share of eBooks
and have released titles in the previously mentioned
These authors are well known because they have
written best selling tiles. But they are also
well known, because their work is widely distributed.
Depending on the formats in which you wish to
make your eBook available, we can distribute it
to up to over 125 retail web sites. The list below
is only a sampling of the web sites that could
be carrying your title in eBook format:
Amazon US, UK, DE, JP
Many, Many More