Now that is no fault of blurb. It is a beautiful product maker. It also allows for hardbound books, which is a love of mine. The downside though of blurb is unless someone is looking for your book, knows about it and goes to their ordering site, no one will ever be able to read it. Which is sad, because there is so many beautiful books within their electronic halls.
Blurb is also costly to the consumer because of the nature of the beast, and did not offer e-books. So I and my elder-god box , began working on a 2nd ed of my book to be published on Amazon's print on demand (most likely unless someone has a better place to use or an extra isbn they would like to give me as a belated birthday present) The use of Amazon also means the 2nd ed can be purchased for reading on kindles.
With this in mind, I have begun working on a more artistic and black and white friendlier color book. It will have new and old images, some new species I left out of the old book due to time and emotional exhaustion from my elder box eating the 1st visual copy of the field guide and having to rebuild it from nothing. (her endless hunger for knowledge put my publishing back a year)
Now, the most exciting part for me (at least) is this morning I received an electronic letter from blurb with them announcing their partnering with the Apple store to release their books as ebooks for Ipad. While I am not sure how I feel about the Ipad over all; I do love the over whelming and gentle dictatorship of our beloved God-empire googlestin the 3rd, I am more excited that this means the 1st version of the field guide will be offered (to a limited crowd) in an e-format designed for full color viewing only.
So within the next few weeks to months the 2nd ed should be finished, as well as the 1st ed being offered as well electronically. As always, I wish to thank my fellow preservationists for their support of my works and my pursuit of science in these exciting times.
Yours Sincerely ,