[Marxism] e-Books and (especially) e-Readers,
ratbagradio at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 16:54:11 MST 2012
I wrote a post on ebookery and the left:
Left publishing at an impasse
<SNIP>Now with the burgeoning growth of ebook apps, ereader software
and portable devices -- even mobile phones can read some ebook formats
-- pdf is an extremely cumbersome sentence for all the text the
The irony is that the left's library is overwhelmingly made up of
dense text. Just go visit the Marxist Internet Archive to see what
the catalogue offers. It's all words.
There's no pretty pictures at all.
That Archive is now beginning to offer its books in epub, mobi and
odt formats -- as well as pdf -- but I fear it is almost alone in
So what to do about this?
I think there is a case -- indeed a potential niche -- for an online
left bookshop that offers left texts in formats other than pdf. My
experience with platforms like Smashwords is that the potential to
create an online independent publishing house is opportune. You can
charge whatever you want or offer freebies and build up a catalogue
that will be much broader choice than any stall at any protest rally
or any wall of dog eared pamphlets in a bookshop. You can link various
texts for study purposes to a syllabus and, if required, append
learning to presentations (aka powerpoints).
On top of that you 'may' get some items in your catalogue taken up by
the big online bookstores.<SNIP>
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