I really meant to write more about all of the 8,000+ miles I put on The Boss (my Harley) this year but got caught up in … life. My 92-year-old dad has had health problems, I was attempting to fulfill a promise to myself to start writing a book I want to complete, and in all that, I took a left turn.
I did get to work on schedule in September, working on an extensive outline for the book and getting more than 10,000 words of a first draft down on the page. As I worked on that, I started investigating the technical aspects of self-publishing, and creating and marketing eBooks.
It occurred to me that one way to get savvy about e-publishing would be to—publish an eBook. I looked at the 300-something physical books on my shelves and realized that many of them, especially the rare and out-of-print ones, would be of interest to others and would make a good test case.
One day while I was driving, it hit me like a thunderbolt to wonder if anyone had ever done an eBook of Howard Carter’s The Tomb of Tut.Ankh.Amen. This three-volume set has been published many times and was the book that got me interested in Egypt as a young boy. To my astonishment, I not only found out that there was no eBook, I discovered the book is in the public domain.
As you can see by the image above, the past two months have been spent starting a new business: BIG BYTE BOOKS. This has been a really great learning experience and very fulfilling.
Volumes I and II of Carter’s great work are now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble at very affordable prices. Anyone with a Kindle, Nook, or a smartphone can download them.
There are many other titles that I want to make available. Most of them would cost anywhere from $25 to a few hundred dollars or more in paper. The eBooks will be available for anywhere from $.99 to $9.99. This is going to be fun and I hope you find something of interest on the website in the coming months.