March 1, 2010

Breaking news: Ben Tanzer's book no longer sucks!

Repetition Patterns on an e-ink device

Repetition Patterns on an e-ink device

Repetition Patterns on an e-ink device

Repetition Patterns on an e-ink device

Repetition Patterns on an e-ink device

Well, okay, so Repetition Patterns never exactly sucked; but it's true that since its original publication in 2008, its EPUB version for such mobile devices as Sony Readers, B&N Nooks and iPhones/iPads has left a lot to be desired, mostly because I myself didn't own such a mobile device so couldn't do any real-world usability testing. But now I do own an e-ink device (A Sony Reader PRS-600, to be specific); and so between that and the excellent shareware program Calibre (highly recommended to all electronic publishers out there), I now finally am able to provide an EPUB version of Repetition Patterns that works great on mobile devices that accept the format (and there's a growing amount of them -- EPUB was specifically invented by a wide range of competing groups to serve as an open and standard platform for electronic publishing, a format that's only going to keep getting bigger now that Apple has decided to adopt it for their coming iBook Store). Anyway, existing customers can go back to the download URL of the book they were given when first purchasing a copy (or just email me at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com if you've forgotten it); and if you're not already an existing purchaser of Repetition Patterns, now would be a perfect time to become one!

Repetition Patterns at Amazon

And speaking of which, I have other big news to share -- Repetition Patterns is now available for direct purchase at Amazon. Well, how about that? It's true that I have issues with Amazon, starting with but not limited to the fact that they will keep a whopping $3 out of every $5 purchase of the book made there; but it's also a fact that a ton of Kindle owners have now asked me when they'll be able to just buy a copy of the book over there directly, instead of having to download the MOBI version at the CCLaP site, email it to their special Kindle email address, and have Amazon convert and send the book to their device that way. (You can still do that, by the way, although I acknowledge that's a much fussier means of reading the book than simply purchasing it directly at Amazon.) Anyway, I encourage all you Kindle owners to check it out if you have the chance; and of course don't forget to leave your comments about the book over there too, the lifeblood of the Amazon purchasing process.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 12:15 PM, March 1, 2010. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Design | Literature |