Welcome to the White Mountain Publications Newsletter August 14, 2013
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The Launch for the 18th Northern Ontario Poetry Competition has been set. Join us on the Saturday after Labour Day —September 7, 2013— at 2:00 pm in the Boardroom of the Temiskaming Shores and Area Chamber of Commerce in New Liskeard to hear the winners announced and have the first look at this year's NOPC collection Spirits in Stone. Map here, or just look for the 18′ Holstein cow at the corner of Highway 11 and the New Liskeard turn-off. Honestly, you can't miss it. The list of those poets included in this year's anthology is on the webpage, and the finalists are announced at the Launch. Hope to re-connect with many of you there. All are welcome.
New Ebooks available
We are so excited. From what I've read, I have now joined the 65% of Canadian publishers who are converting their &lsqup;Legacy’ (read: already published) titles into ebooks. (Interesting statistics at Canadiansinternet.com website). The books we are publishing now come out in print, as a Kindle edition, and an EPub edition; three times as many ISBN's to deal with. However, ebooks here are not cookie-cutter affairs. The ebooks may have most of the features that the print book has, but miss some that are so labour-intensive, it becomes counter-productive to include them in an ebook. For example, our newly-released ebook Highway Book Shop ~Northern Ontario's Unexpected Treasure lacks the index found in the print version. The index is online with that webpage linked into the ebook, but since a lot of e-readers have a search function built-in, coping with the coding that ebooks would need to make that index work, just doesn't make sense for us. On the other hand, those pictures that were originally in colour, but printed in grayscale in the book, are now back in the ebook as colour. We think it will balance out.
Davf's Notes is a collection from our local Leslie Belland that appeared (almost) simultaneously in print and ebook formats.(Davf says lsquo;hi’ to all her friends in the Armed Forces.) And the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar 2013 edition went on vacation in many writer's hands as ebook. To make that index work, the whole book was re-typeset with one contest per page. But we figured out how to make it work so that it is easier for our readers. And more importantly, we know how to do it. The 2014 edition will come out about the same time as a print edition and an ebook version as well.
Bill Sutton's Cobalt Mining Times Remembered came out in both versions, and the print copies are far out-stripping the ebook copies. But it's only been a month or so. A little early to tell. It was a challenge to get the right configuration so that our site could sell and deliver the ebooks, but the five-year research and hunt was worthwhile. We've had ebooks out now for about 10 years, (Spiritual Intelligence, A Practical Guide for Personal Happiness) but I had no way of telling how many were sold by Amazon. Now if they're not moving, I know it's because they're not moving. Not wondering what's happening because there's little accounting from the big players. And now while it's still available for Kindle, it is also available for EPub readers like Kobo. So we'll see.
Mud, Muskeg & Mosquitoes
This new book, by Diane Armstrong of South Porcupine, is a wonderful creative non-fiction account of the life of ‘Dollie’ Bélanger. The word-of-mouth pre-orders for this book are impressive, and the story is well worth it. It will be available early September 2013, and will launch in ebook form at the same time. Much has been written of the men who pioneered this north-eastern region, and this is a delightful and historically accurate account from a woman's perspective.
The pre-publication offer letters are being prepared to mail in early September, but you don't have to wait for them. The pre-publication offer is up on the website now both as a PDF and encoded in the PayPal buttons. Make sure you don't forget your copy for 2014.
Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend, and we'll likely see you around in the fall.