October 4, 2019
In the early years of this millennium, I produced my first novel, Cogrill’s Mill, as an ebook in pdf and took it to the London Book Fair on a CD. But the publishers or agents I spoke to there did not want to know. A few years later someone contacted me to ask if I had any ebooks for sale, but I had already set up my own publishing company and was busy producing my first books in print on demand to spare the time to revisit the market for ebooks. Then just a short time later a number of large companies entered the arena offering a variety of different ebook formats and the digital publishing revolution began.
Around this time I met someone at a book publishing conference in London who said that the way to go was to publish in Epub format. He told me about the success of Apple’s enhanced ebook publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I was immediately interested and went about producing enhanced Epub editions of a few of my own books. Unfortunately, my marketing strategy at the time was not very good and the books languished on the Apple iBook store without selling. Instead, I concentrated selling my ebooks on Amazon using their marketing strategy, but I could find no way to produce a multimedia ebook in the Amazon Kindle format in the same way I could for Epub.
Now, as a reward for my readers, I have made the enhanced Epub edition of my first collection of short stories, Crime and Passion written under my pennames of Luke Johnson and Jack Lindsey, available as a free download from Apple Books for portable devices and from Kobo.com. If you like the stories you are welcome to seek out my other books at http://peatmore.com. Please leave an honest review for any Peatmore Press book you read as this will help promote my writing.
The Free enhanced ebook is available for download at
https://books.apple.com/us/book/id879916042 and at
May 29, 2013
When I visited The London Book Fair in 2005 to promote the first Peatmore Press novel “Cogrill’s Mill” as an ebook no one wanted to know. Admittedly, it was only available in pdf format so could only be viewed in personal computers, palm readers and some mobile phones but no one there seemed to recognise its commercial potential. Now that has all changed. There are a multitude of ebooks as mainstream publishers seek to launch their books in paper and ebook formats. There are a variety of mobile platforms on which to view the electronic versions and at the 2013 London Book Fair there was a large area, known as “The Digital Zone”, devoted almost entirely to the ebook.
The ability of smart phones, tablets, ebook readers, PCs and mp3 players to delight our audio-visual senses is astounding. To exploit this new environment Peatmore Press has launched a new epub version of its short story collection, “Crime and Passion”. Mixed with the text is a movie trailer, two audio files and a photographic image at the start of each story. It can only be viewed in its entirety on devices that can play mp3 and mp4 files, otherwise buyers are advised to obtain the pdf and Kindle editions, and is available as a download from http://peatmore.com/crimeandpassion.htm
Editor, Peatmore Press
October 5, 2012
To celebrate launch of 2 new social networking sites at http://tinyurl.com/9zr7zf7 & http://tinyurl.com/8s53xcd Peatmore Press offers free ebook at http://peatmore.com
August 22, 2011
Once the short story was all but dead; mainstream publishers were reluctant to publish them with the excuse that they did not sell. However, the arrival of the ebook has changed all that. Authors may now self publish in a variety of digital formats which can be made readily available through online stores or the writers’ own websites.
A number of portable electronic platforms such as the laptop, notebook, tablet, smart phone and kindle are now available so readers can download text while on the move. Short stories are ideal for this purpose as they can be dipped into while on a train, at a station, airport or during breaks in the working day. Text to sound features make it possible to become engaged behind the wheel of a car and also enable written stories to be more accessible to the visually impaired.
The short story allows the reader and writer to explore single themes in a condensed style which can focus the interest of the busy traveller in a way that novels with their intertwining plots and subplots can not do. In this way the reader and writer are able to enjoy the craft of story telling in much the same way as it was when first formed in the oral tradition when tales were passed from parent to child or to one and other by the evening firelight.
Peatmore Press has published its first anthology of short stories. It is available on the Amazon Kindle Store or at http://peatmore.com/crimeandpassion.htm. The short story has returned and is back in a big way.