Article Title: The Place of E-books and the Future of Electronic Publishing (1999)

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Article Title: The Place of E-books and the Future of Electronic Publishing
Posted on December 9, 2010by craiglock

Article Title: The Place of E-books and the Future of Electronic Publishing
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): E-books, book publishing, electronic publishing/books, digital books, digital publishing
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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give.”
– Norman MacEwan

“The next information revolution is well under way…It is not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques, software, or speed. It is a revolution in CONCEPTS.
(Drucker, 1998)

“Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge.”
– John Kenneth Galbraith

“The future belongs to those who apply knowledge with innovation and resourcefulness to find new paths – in business and in life.”
– Bill Rosoman and craig

Just sharing a few thoughts on our view of the place and future of E-books in the world of publishing (the “real world, as well as the vast unchartered realmof cyberspace”) …

We at Eagle Productions (New Zealand) believe that ebook publishing is the way of the future (as shown by Steven King’s pioneering with “Riding the Bullet“). Though personally, I believe there will always be a place for traditional publishing with paper books. People will always love holding a real book out in the sun for their holiday reading. I just believe electronic-publishing is way cheaper and far more immediate compared to “hard copy” publishing. Our electronic books are about a third the cost of our hard copies. People can print out the books, should they wish…or simply read on their computer screens… and so make the “greenies” happy.
Thus electronic publishing has many benefits for the reading consumer in terms of both cost and accessibility (immediate publishing), as well as for talented new authors, who may find great difficulty in getting their work accepted by traditional publishing houses – especially the well-known ones who rarely take on new authors in the current harsh publishing environment.
In addition, things are moving so fast with reading aids in electronic publishing. New technology is constantly developing the hand-held reader, so soon you may be able to download novels at the beach.
May the two forms of publishing work in tandem in the future, to the benefit of the consumer – in terms of ease , accessibility and especially affordability (price). More CHOICES for the consumer is of paramount importance in today’s very competitive purchasing- entertainment marketplace!
We have an ultimate vision (or dream) of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of scenic and tranquil New Zealand being a “renowned and recognised” centre of electronic, as well as conventional publishing, a world-renowned centre in providing quality courses in distance education and adult online teaching. Perhaps one day even a centre of excellence in developing technology in the South Pacific. Together with a presence and strong association in my “beloved, vibrant and diverse former
country”, South Africa (thanks so much, Stefan). In time all of my “lucky” 17 books will be available both electronically, as well as paper copies.
(Thanks to my “technogeek” associate, Bill, for all his knowledge, help, drive, talent, imagination and vision, as I’m a bit of a “techno-dummy”!
We are currently looking at the possibility of developing audiobooks (especially as an aid to the deaf). We believe an idea, a big helping of enthusiasm, together with a great deal of time and effort in implementing it, belief, faith in yourself and persistence (not necessarily in that order) is the key to marketing success and seeing a vision turn into reality.
That is our ultimate vision and something we at Eagle Productions in association with Bill Rosoman are daily striving towards with all our energies and creative endeavours.
Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books 1999)
” Whatever the mind can conceive, can be achieved.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
P.S: If interested, our publishing vision may be viewed at:
“We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give.”
– Norman MacEwan
“We can all use the internet to reach out to the “global community” and build a better world in this new “Information Revolution” that is upon us. Let’s use it wisely, respect our diversity and unique cultures; but celebrate a new world in union. One where, like your founding forefathers in America, you can first celebrate the Independence Day of the strong burning creative spirit that is within you. If set alight, it is a flame that will burn brightly and make your personal VISION of the future a REALITY…and perhaps even your unique DESTINY.”
“Life is about finding, then following the dream… and one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”
– Craig from

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

* Hard copies and e-books – fiction and non-fiction: novels on South Africa, self help, personal growth, inspiration, travel, humour and money books.
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!
See how YOU can write and publish your own book with the new online publishing
course: (also see Bill’s new book at

PPS: Don’t worry about the world ending today… it’s already
tomorrow in “little” scenic and tranquil New Zealand


“All our dreams can come true…
IF we have the courage to pursue them.”

– Walt Disney

rainbow (Elm tree)

Picture Elm tree (street?) rainbow


11 thoughts on “Article Title: The Place of E-books and the Future of Electronic Publishing (1999)

  1. To my “cyber-friends/pals” around the world….

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi everyone

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks to YOU all for the thanx” (in thought)

    if you want to follow me, go to


    Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
    * By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

    (get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

    * or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

    “total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time)

    Who says men can’t multi-task!

    Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

    “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

    – Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

    Now back to the message I was posting before I got distracted

    enjoy anyway

    “totally impulsive” c



    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (even “zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at
    in recent years …true!). A few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back and I got swamped with comments on my various blogs… so had to close them all off.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet. As mentioned (stop repeating yourself, c – bad writing…otherwise the first signs of approaching senility!), I was unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages, so had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me.

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”


    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing (which I’m often told is what is “safest” for me!)

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at


    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915


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