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Two Great New Books: Available via eBook First

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

Two great new books are out and available, first in eBook, and in the coming weeks, also in print form.

Here is where you can find them on Amazon

 

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Concordia Publishing House E-Book and Digital Book Update

June 19th, 2012 9 comments

I thought I’d give you an update on some new items available as e-books and discuss CPH’s position on e-books. As we all know, E-Book use and sales are rising rapidly, every year. From one year to the next, more people are buying and using e-book readers. At the present time, it is our position that the Amazon Kindle family of readers and applications across a wide range of devices remains the best option for the majority of our customers. And that is why we continue to focus on the Kindle platform. We are however continuing to make our e-books available as e-Pub files for folks who prefer to use that format. We are also exploring moving into the Nook format as well. More on that later.

What’s new in E-books from Concordia Publishing House?

Well, first of all, by way of reminder, we have a new arrangement with LOGOS software, which is the world’s largest, and in my opinion, the best dedicated proprietary software platform for using a huge range of books and resources, all indexed and cross-linked to one another via the Libronix search technology. Simply put, we no longer sell any LOGOS formatted resource directly on a CD-ROM, but now all our resources are available, via instant purchase and download, from LOGOS.COM. Here is our Concordia page on their site. The most recent volume to go live in this new arrangement is Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. In the next several months you will be seeing more resources go live on the LOGOS site, including the more recent volumes of Luther, Gerhard and the Concordia Commentary series. So, please bookmark our LOGOS page and stay tuned.

By way of new e-books available on Amazon, there are several I’d like to draw to your attention:

Bearing the Cross: Devotions on Albrecht Duerer’s Small Passion

Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation

Little Visits with Jesus

The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope

Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible by C.F.W. Walther

And these are just some of the over 280 titles we have in Kindle format. You can see the complete list by clicking on this link.

Why I’m Still Recommending the Kindle for eBook Reading

November 16th, 2011 12 comments

Christmas is right around the corner and there are going to be a lot of people buying eBook readers or asking for them, so here is my take on the situation.

If you would have told me, a few years ago, that I would be recommending the Amazon Kindle platform above any other method for e-book reading I would have told you that you were crazy. Well, I would not have said that, but I may have thought it. Why? The Kindle was poorly designed when it first came out. It was far overpriced. You had to lug it with you in order to read whatever Kindle titles you owned. So that meant you would probably find yourself carrying the Kindle, a cell phone, and a laptop computer, not to mention the cords and plugs required to keep them all charged.

But ask me today, as many do, and I quickly recommend the Kindle platform above any other e-reading system. Please notice my choice of words carefully. I use the word “platform” not “device.” That is very intentional. And now, in light of the release by Amazon of the latest and greatest versions of the Kindle, I am even more strongly recommending people buy a Kindle if they are interested in having a great eBook reading experience. Hands down, Kindle is the way to go. The latest basic version of the Kindle is wonderful, and for a few tanks of gas more, you can get the one that uses a touch interface exclusively, instead of buttons.

Pay close attention here: Forget the Barnes and Noble Nook. The Amazon Fire is a Nook Killer, no doubt about it. Here’s a strong word of advice: Before you buy an e-book reader make sure that the books you want to read are easily/readily available for it. For instance: Concordia Publishing House is providing our titles in Kindle format. We have not seen much point in supporting any other format, particularly since you can read Kindle titles on just about any gizmo out there.

Do your research and make sure you are buying what you really think you are going to use. If you want a media consumption device, the Kindle Fire may be for you, but it has the same “downsides” for reading an eBook as does the iPad or any mobile device that has a backlit display: glare and you can’t read it comfortably outside or in any bright light. That’s why I say that if you want to read eBooks, get one of the two basic Kindle models. Here are your choices. Click on the image below to go to Amazon’s Kindle store.

Amazon has not made much of this fact, but the reason the Amazon Kindle platform is, in my opinion, by far the best e-book reading system out there today is because you do not even have to own an actual Kindle device, to use the Kindle platform. Let me explain. And forgive me, in advance, if you already know all this, but I don’t think many people do.

Amazon made a brilliant move when it decided to release software applications to enable as many devices as possible to use Kindle formatted e-books. The fact that Amazon is the single largest reseller and distributor of intellectual property in the world makes the Kindle platform absolutely irresistible for publishers, and that’s good for readers.

If you own a computer of any kind, no matter MAC or PC, you can use Kindle formatted e-books on it. Desktop or laptop? Doesn’t matter. Netbook? Sure. How about all those nifty devices collectively now referred to as “smartphones.” Amazon’s got you covered: Android? iPhone? No worries, you can read Kindle files on those devices. iTouch? Blackberry? Yup, those too. And no doubt all the up and coming tablet/iPad imitators will be able to use Kindle files as well.

How about the iPad? No problems, you have a very well implemented and well executed Kindle app for it too, and all Kindle apps now offer searching of the text, and instant connectivity to Wikipedia and dictionary for quick reference and research. And no doubt all the up and coming tablet/iPad imitators will be able to use Kindle files as well.

So, here’s my thinking. If you are going to invest in an e-book, and it is an investment and a somewhat risky one at that*, why not buy a format that you can read on virtually any device out there, including, oh, yes, the actual Kindle device itself, which in its latest iteration has become even more attractively priced and better provisioned with useful features. You can get a nicely designed and improved Kindle now for only $80. Yes, $80.

And, what’s more, you’ll find, usually, the best prices on e-books are also to be found with Amazon’s Kindle platform.

What about the iPad? Well, as much as I hate to say it, I enjoy reading my Kindle formatted e-books on it better than iBookstore titles. Why? Simple: price. By and large, I find that Kindle titles are priced lower on Amazon, than the same e-book formatted for the iBookstore. I’ve got to tell you, at this point, I really don’t know why I, as a publisher, would even be all that anxious to release my titles in Apple’s much more restrictive and less diverse format, just to sell it in the iBookstore.

So, at this point, I’m still a big advocate for Amazon’s Kindle platform for e-book reading. What are your thoughts?

*Why is purchasing an e-book a somewhat risky proposition? Who knows if you will be able to use it in the future. Can we expect, for example, that Amazon will make all future versions of whatever its e-book reading platform is backward compatible with all previous editions/formats and versions? I don’t know. There’s the rub and there’s the advantage of a physical book over an e-book, any day and every day. Plus, trying to copy and paste sections elsewhere for reference? Forget it. Proper citation and page numbers? Nope. Well, not yet anyway.

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New Concordia Publishing House Kindle Titles

October 14th, 2011 2 comments

I’m pleased to report that for the first time books have appeared in digital/Kindle format before they appeared in print. For instance, The Church from Age to Age, was available in Kindle format before the physical book hit the shelves here at CPH. Here is a look at all the Kindle titles from Concordia Publishing House. Be sure to sort the list by “publication date” and you will see the newest Kindle releases from CPH. I obtained this list by using Amazon’s advanced search function. To do it yourself, click on this link, then type in the “publisher” box: “Concordia Publishing House” and for format choose “Kindle” and, there you go.

 

How to Pick the E-Book Reader that is Right For You

May 10th, 2011 8 comments

People who are thinking of buying a device to read e-books face a bewildering range of options and choices. Sadly, people buy a device before they really understand what e-books are, and how they work, and which devices are best for which kind of e-book or e-publication. I was reading a publication about all these issues and there is contained in the document a helpful summary of the differences across e-book devices, smartphone and tablets. I’ll summarize that information below, and provide some short, to-the-point advice.

E-Readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.)
Primary User Interaction: Consume e-books
Display size: Medium
Display font: grayscale
Display speed: slow
Connectivity: 3G and/or wireless
Battery life: Long
Outdoor use: Excellent
Best content match: Books in linear format (straight running text)

Is a dedicated e-book reader right for you? If your primary interest, mind you, *primary* interest is reading e-books, a dedicated e-reader is the way to go. The display is very easy on the eyes. They are light. They have become more fast. They can be used, easily, in bright sunshine or anywhere where the ambient light is strong and there is no glare. They are the closest thing to reading an actual page in an actual book. BUT…if you want to do *anything* more than read e-books you will quickly be frustrated with dedicated e-book readers, like the Kindle and Nook, to whatever degree they offer you internet access, the interface is very difficult to manage. If you want more than e-book reading function, then you should consider a tablet.

Smartphones
Primary User Interaction: Communication
Display size: small
Display format: color, increasingly in very high resolution
Display speed: Fast
Connectivity: Full voice/graphics on 3 and 4 G networks, where available
Battery life: short
Outdoor use: Fair to poor
Best content match: News and single media

Is a smartphone the best choice for you? It’s kind of a moot point, since most smartphones will make it possible for you to install an application, like the Kindle app, and you can read e-books on your smartphone. If you prefer a small, compact, all-in-one device that also makes it possible for you to read books, the smartphone will, by default, be your best choice.

Tablets
Primary user interaction: Engagement in media experience
Display size: medium
Display format: color in increasingly high resolution
Connectivity: Full data
Battery life: medium
Best content match: magazines/multimedia

Is a tablet the best choice for you? If you want more than a simple e-book reader, like having access to the Internet, easily, for checking/responding to e-mail, or texting, or if you intend to consume a lot of multimedia, such as movies and music, and you want a larger display size, a tablet is right for you. But, be prepared, reading books on a tablet is not as pleasant as on, for example, a Kindle. There is glare and you are reading a backlit display. It is nearly impossible to use it outside, even in the shade.

Based on this information, here are my recommendations:
My recommendation for dedicated e-book reader: Kindle, hands down the best choice.
My recommendation for a smartphone that does it all? iPhone
My recommendation for a tablet? iPad, though I do not consider the iPad the best choice for straight reading of books though.

Law and Gospel Now Available in Kindle Format

April 18th, 2011 5 comments

Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible is now available in Kindle format. You can find it here on Amazon’s web site. The price is $13.19.

(Don’t ask me how, or why, Amazon sets prices on Kindle titles the way they do. It is a mystery and you, the consumer, benefit. We get paid for every sale based on the “digital list price” that we set and give to Amazon, that’s the price with the line through it on most every one of the Amazon titles you see. Amazon chooses to set prices lower than digital list, but our share of the sale revenue is still based on the higher digital list price. Go figure!)

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Arch Books on iPad? Yup, there’s an App for that

April 11th, 2011 2 comments

I’m happy to announce that as of today there are sixteen Arch Books on the iTunes store, in iPad app format. This is a first for us and, these are among the very few, if not only, Bible story books for children available on the iPad, period. You can take a look at all sixteen titles available by looking at Concordia Publishing House’s Apps in the iTunes store. Here’s the link. Here’s a screen shot from the iTunes store. These are really cool apps. The child can listen and watch as the book is read to them, or…you can record  your own voice reading the book to the child. The bright, beautiful iPad display is really quite stunning and Arch books are a perfect fit for this platform. Here’s a screen shot, following the screen shot is another showing all sixteen titles presently available.

New Kindle eBook Titles from Concordia Publishing House

March 30th, 2011 8 comments
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New Additions to CPH’s Kindle Titles

March 23rd, 2011 Comments off
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