Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We're starting this blog on Day 2 of operations at Abbott ePublishing and we're already seeing some good activity on the site, www.abbottepub.com.
This blog will be a great way to connect with our customers, feature our signed authors and eBooks, and talk about e-publishing in general. We'll also be talking about the kinds of eBooks we would LOVE to be publishing, so if you're an author, keep checking back in to see what we're looking for!
To contact us, email us: "publisher at abbottepublishing dot com."
Or DM us at Abbott Media over on twitter at http://twitter.com/abbottmedia
Below is yesterday's Kick-Off news release telling folks a bit more about us.
Interesting, affordable electronic books.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
CONTACT: Stephen Abbott, Publisher, Abbott ePublishing, publisher/at/abbottepublishing.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Launch of New ePublishing House, Abbott ePublishing;
Offers Affordable Electronic Books; Seeks Authors
MANCHESTER, NH - Abbott ePublishing, a Manchester New Hampshire-based publisher of electronic books, launched Tuesday, March 24, with the goal of offering “affordable, interesting eBooks” and competing with high-priced online eBook retailers.
Founded by Stephen Abbott, a public relations consultant, former newspaper reporter and writer, the new publishing house, which can be found online at www.abbottepub.com, seeks to offer inexpensive eBooks in various formats.
Abbott ePublishing will give readers an affordable way to access electronic books, said Abbott.
“In a recession, people don’t have the money for a $15 or $20 book, and surely don’t have that kind of money for an eBook,, which carries few of the costs of electronically produced books,” said Abbott. “Abbott ePublishing offers books for under $10, and most for far less.”
The average price of an eBook on the site is currently around $4, he said.
“The launch of Abbott ePublishing comes at a time when the price of eBooks offered at major online retailers are rising, some to well over $15,” said Abbott. “That’s simply not the way for publishers to endear themselves to the reading public.”
The publisher launches with over 30 electronic book titles, in subjects as varied as Business & Money, Fiction & Literature, History, Humor, Inspiration & Self Improvement, Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Technology and Travel & Travel Essays.
Abbott ePublishing is currently seeking authors of eBooks in these subject areas. Authors receive a royalty rate of fifty percent of the sale price of their eBook. “That’s a greater royalty than nearly any other publisher, on or off-line,” said Abbott.
The debut line-up includes two books from the publishing house’s first signed fiction author, George Polley of Sapporo, Japan, who has written two books of animal short stories based loosely on Japanese folklore.
Abbott has also authored some eBooks that will be offered on the site, including a business book, “Hot Jobs for a Cold Economy: Service Businesses You Can Start for Little Cash” (to be published on April 15) and what he calls a “slightly off-the-wall book” of humorous sayings and quotations about Abraham Lincoln.
Most books on the site are offered in both Adobe .pdf (Portable Document Format) and mobipocket formats. Books in .pdf format can be read on a desktop or laptop with the free, downloadable Adobe Reader. All mobipocket formatted eBooks can be read with a downloadable Mobipocket Reader and are compatible with the Amazon Kindle e-reader and most handheld devices.
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