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New Publishing Paradigm at EMRE Publishing

New Publishing Paradigm at EMRE: WAR STORIES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Enhanced War Stories

Readers and artists will be able to get together by supporting the new method of publication at EMRE Publishing, LLC in San Diego.  Raising funds for its first digital and print anthology, the supporters will be able to help the authors protect their intellectual property and create a new way of enjoying enhanced creative material.

The topic of the first anthology is war.  The title of the anthology is WAR STORIES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. The method of the artistry will be to create stories that have an element of speculation in each one.  Therefore, they will categorized as fiction, although we will be soliciting stories by authors who have experienced war, whether while in the military or as a civilian living in a war-torn country.  These stories can be in the genres of Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Alternate History, and Fantasy.

Each anthology will be separately financed by raising funds at Indiegogo, so we hope you can join us in this bold new experiment in publishing.

 

 

Fight the Indie Wars with EMRE Publishing

New York Times and Amazon Try to Stop the Rise of Indie Authors

Although indie authors who sell eBooks are more popular than their Big Publishing counterparts, they aren’t getting the respect their successful fight should bring.  A recent move by the New York Times Book Review and Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited attempts to push indie authors back down below traditional publishing once again.  We at EMRE Publishing are fighting back on behalf of all independent authors by running a Kickstarter campaign aimed at pairing technical ePub3 developers and indie authors to create four satirical stories based on a political theme.

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THE HORRORS, FANTASIES AND SCIENCE FICTIONS OF LIFE IN THE TRUMP ERA

Four different ePub3 formatted satirical stories will be featured, and authors and one administrator will share in the profits of eBooks sold in the Embellisher Publishing Platform.  Supporters may also join at the reader level, allowing them to get a bird’s eye look at how each eBook will be developed as well a free copies of the final projects.  The categories include:

  • Story Category 1: The Pussy-Grabbing President
  • Story Category 2: Jared Kushner’s Big Adventure (not to be confused with Peewee Herman)
  • Story Category 3: Ivanka Trump’s Shopping Channel
  • Story Category 4: The First Lady’s War on Bullying
  • There are 29 days left as of 4/10/17, so if you want to participate and support this campaign, you can.  We hope it’s a success so that independent authors can show big publishers and the big middlemen (Amazon and NY Times) they can make it alone.

     

     

    EMRE Publishing Makes Life Easier for Authors and Publishers

    The Underside of Reality

    When I worked with engineers at Caltech’s Industrial Relations Center, the challenges were immense when it came to communicating how these technical people could do the job for the marketing and sales people who had little to no technical knowledge.  The problem is that even though authors and creators can envision possible uses for technology (in this case, digital technology), the people who actually implement the code to bring about these “visions” have a vocabulary and genius all their own.  Therefore, most of my job at EMRE Publishing is to make certain my authors and publishers are able to work closely with my genius computer programmers to create the best possible rendering of their vision on the pages of their ePub3 books. Wouldn’t you want the flexibility to design an eBook that looked like the one in the above video?

    I like the metaphor that the late Alan Watts shared concerning reality.  On the surface, we can see the beauty of society in all its glory.  For example, a well written novel is like the top-side of an elaborate quilt;  it reads smoothly and doesn’t seem to make the experience of reading difficult.  However, if we turn this wonderful reality quilt over, we can see the underlying, seemingly chaotic reality that went into making this surface reality so beautiful.  We are therefore surprised to see a complex sequence of geometric patterns and trial and error sequences that go into making such a wonderful pattern on the top-side.  This is the world of creating an excellent eBook for the viewer.

    I’m proud to introduce you to two of our computer developers at EMRE who are the weavers of the complex patterns beneath the resultant beauty of your creation, your ePub3 book.  Bas Van Stein, a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the prestigious Leiden University, the Netherlands, worked with me for over five years to develop our flagship product, the Embellisher (TM) ePub3 Mobile Publishing Platform.  I was able to communicate my vision to Bas, and he was able to explain to me how it could be done.  The final result is a revolutionary platform that makes the display of ePub3 a much more satisfying and secure experience for the publisher and the reader.

    Today, I am proud to announce another member of our team who can work with you to see your vision become reality.  Ric Wright is the Engineering Director at the Readium Foundation.  Aha, you’re saying, what does that mean to me, an author or publisher of eBooks?  Well, since our entire platform was coded using the open source Readium eReader as a starting point, which Ric helped develop, it means when you get a project done with us, you’re getting the wizard behind the miracle of what Readium can do for you and your creative ideas.

    For example, what if you wanted to design a hybrid video game and eBook? Well, since Ric actually teaches how to create 2D and 3D graphics and animations and place them inside ePub3 eBooks, he can do the coding you would need to implement your game inside the eBook!  He is, in fact, a software consultant, so working on such a project would be the proverbial “piece of cake” for him.

    Aha, you’re saying.  Why can’t I just go to iBook and create my ePub3 with them?  After all, they provide all the tools I need to do it.  The “catch” is that since Apple is one of the greediest companies on the planet, you end up having to pay them once your creation is ready for distribution.  As this author found out, after reading the “fine print” of the legal agreement, he was basically turning over all publishing rights to Apple!  As any publisher or author can tell you, this is the kiss of death to owners of intellectual property.

    Therefore, when you work with Ric, you’ll be working in complete confidence that your creation will remain yours to publish freely using our Embellisher (TM) system.  In fact, we’ll be contracting with you using an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), so when your ideas become a reality, there can be no untoward “rip-offs.”  We use Github and Dropbox to securely keep all your developmental files.  In addition, your final product, the embellished eBook, will be inside one of the most secure eReaders available today.

    Take a look at what genres we are working with to create ePub3 titles.  If you think your project fits, and you want to make the most money possible from your creation, then get in contact with us today.  You can also look at what Melcher Media has done for its clients.  If you have an idea for an interactive or embellished project, chances are you won’t have to pay what you’d have to pay Melcher because our overhead is a lot less!  Ric will be happy to make your acquaintance in order to start weaving your quilt from the underside of reality.

    Samples of What We Can Do for You

    Encouraging Collaboration in Learning

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    Are you preparing students for job skills required in 2020?

    Attend our webinar to see how the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing, Training and Education platform can give you  a way to move your organization’s mobile collaboration and publication systems to a powerful new level.

    Whether you are in the public or the private sector, you can benefit from learning how to use VR/AR as well as seeing how multimedia (ePub3) and live streaming technologies can enhance your collaborative and publishing skills.

    Student-Centered Instruction Webinar
    Nov. 8, 2016 | 1 PM (UTC-7)

     

    We will be covering:

    1.  How to use live streaming video to collaborate on projects and assignments.

    2.  How to use AR and VR to create “empathetic” point-of-view.

    3.  How to give each author/teacher a publishing platform to feature live broadcasts of new books, book trailers, live chat with readers/students, and even “casting” a virtual book tour to bookstores and libraries as patrons can view on their mobile devices.

    4.  A guided tour of our three ePub3 Creator Studio Templates that are used for collaborative work inside our web app.

    Bonus! All attendees will receive a free copy of Professor Jim Musgrave’s book, Running with the Big Dogs: A Creator’s Guide to Using Electronic Media. Also, if you teach online classes, he will give you an Insert-text Grammar Template to use when grading your students’ papers.

     

    Join our free webinar on November 8, 2016 at 1 PM (UTC-7). Register today.

    Why Apps + eBooks = Money

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    Any enterprising person can critically think about how to publish a best-selling book and come up with some very basic premises about how it should be done:

    • The content of the book should be interesting to the specific audience.  Let’s face it, unless you write Gone with the Wind, you’re not going to be popular with all audiences.  Therefore, you should narrow your audience down to those who will be interested in your subject matter.  For example, if I write a book about investing in stock, then I must get an audience that appreciates how stocks are bought and sold and who have the money to gamble.
    • Since publishers are losing over three billion dollars to online pirates who steal content, I would want to sell my eBooks in a secure environment.  Although every eBook can be hacked, there are ways to reduce the numbers of hackers who would want to take the time and perform the exercise.  Just as a burglar usually doesn’t try to break into a locked home, so too does a hacker look for the easiest eBook he/she can exploit.
    • Even if you have content that is going to sell a million copies, the real money is made when you are able to build an audience that will diligently follow your series of books on whatever subject.  Guys like James Patterson and Hugh Howey (fiction authors from the commercial and indie sides of the business), have proven this can be done.
    • You want to have the tools to create, publish and market your eBooks so they stay in front of the audience for whom you have written.  Most people can Google the topic of eBook publication, and come up with great resources.

    The missing factor in this scenario, as in most publishing efforts, is how much marketing expense, and how often do you need to spend that money to get your name and publications out there?  Do you want to shotgun your money to the major media?  Probably not, as it would defeat the very premise of having a limited or niche audience.  Do you want to use standard TV and print advertising?  Again, probably not, as you also are aware that people who read eBooks exist online and are digital fanatics.

    b2c ecommerceTherefore, what if I told you that the best way to reach and keep your niche audience is to develop your eBook, market your eBook and sell your eBook, right from the same application platform?  My business was to create such a platform and my Embellisher™ is rolling out to the general publishing public at the May 11-13, 2016 Book Expo America.  As an independent author, who has won awards for his fiction, I wanted fellow authors to receive the best application to make money from their hard work.  I knew it wasn’t through Amazon or the fact that middlemen in the publishing world are presently reaping at least a 30% share of your book’s price just for placing it up on an international platform to be sold at the behest of increasingly confusing and uninteresting algorithmic roll of the dice.  I wanted my clients to be able to sell their books directly to their readers (what’s known as “business-to-consumer” or B2C model).  When I was the Management Development Supervisor at Caltech in Pasadena, I taught my students that the concept of Occam’s Razor was the best way to do business.  The fewer people you have to pay who are between you and your customer, the more money you will deposit into your bank account.  This holds true for selling eBooks, and I hope you can take a look at our website and see why I believe our method is a method with which you will want to spend time developing your next best-seller(s).

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    Authors Wanted Better Digital Rights Management

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    After I completed my recent article about eBook piracy and the fact that over three billion dollars a year are lost to eBook piracy, I wanted to add even more security to our platform before the May 11-13 BEA convention.  The result will be an extra layer of cryptography protection added to our already secure system.  When I was in the United States Navy, I understood the security value of cryptography because I was on the Top Secret Crypto Board at my command.  This has made me a virulent protector of my clients’ rights to publish using our B2B system.  As long as they don’t sell through Amazon or Apple, or other insecure retailer, they can be assured their eBooks will not be duplicated and resold (or read) by others.

    Here, in my genius developer’s own words (Bas Van Stein), is the reason the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing Platform is the safest platform out there to sell and distribute your B2C eBooks:

    “To circumvent the security measurements you need to somehow de-minify and understand the JavaScript code, figure out the actual path to the ebook and then alter the JavaScript to fool the server to be able to view the eBook from another account. When you would browse directly to the epub (however, you already need to know the location), you can retrieve some of the epub source files, and if you have the knowledge to repack into epub format it would be possible to do that as well.  The advantage is that no encryption is needed, a huge disadvantage of the epub encryption is that the method to the encryption is always stored with the epub file; it is like delivering a locker with a key still attached…anyone that knows how to read epub source files and has access to the memory of the application (online or in app with root access) is able to crack them.”

    Amazon Keeps Selling New Kindles Despite Change of Readers’ Habits

    Are the Clouds Darkening over Amazon?

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    Amazon recently unloaded a new version of their Kindle to the perhaps “less than eager” reading public.  With publishers losing over 3 billion dollars a year to eBook piracy, mostly due to the insecure Digital Rights Management of Amazon’s and other eBook retailer’s platforms, it makes you wonder how long publishers will keep selling their digital and print books through the giant online retailers.  But, most importantly, the reading public is changing their reading habits.  Each day, more and more readers are using whichever mobile device they have with them, so it makes having “extra” devices like the Kindle superfluous.

    We at EMRE Publishing, LLC, believe the next generation of publisher and reader will be using mobile platforms to both create and consume all kinds of new eBooks, including the ePub3 formatted multimedia types and soon, the Virtual Reality books and games that will be coming down the pipe.  Why?  Mostly because of money, of course.  Publishers and consumers are getting tired of getting ripped-off while selling their eBooks and while reading their eBooks.  Let me break it down for you, lest you be unaware of the revolution taking place technologically.

    • Publishers have to pay Amazon to distribute their titles, but piracy and the 30% (minimum) fee charged by Amazon keeps eating into the profits of these publishers.
    • Consumers have to pay Amazon for the “privilege” of getting premium services like an “all you can read buffet” and free home delivery.
    • The so-called “direct communications with readers” is becoming less than adequate because of the large numbers of authors and readers involved, and the insistence of Amazon to not allow eBook giveaways on their Goodreads.com website.
    • The double-payments readers have to make when they buy or upgrade (see the new Oasis Kindle above) their Kindle eReader.  In addition, the inflexible (think proprietary) nature of their eReader software prevents .ePub3 titles from using all that they are truly capable of using.  For example, all Kindles cannot utilize any interactive or JavaScript interactive programming inside an eBook the way our Embellisher (TM) platform does.   Therefore, eBooks that have interactive content (think academic textbooks) cannot be used properly inside a Kindle.

    Why the Revolution is Happening Now

    Tarzan FrontIn summary, here’s why publishers and their reading public are switching to using mobile devices to publish and read in the coming generation:

    • Using an open-source publishing and reading app (like our Embellisher (TM), a publisher can create, market and communicate more directly with each niche consumer/reader.
    • Using our eReader platform, piracy is reduced to almost nothing, and we are now working on even creating an encryption system that will reduce any possible copying even more.
    • Keeping the reader in a single application allows the publisher to charge less for each title sold, and so nothing needs to be paid to a middleman distributor (like Amazon) if the publisher plays his cards right.  Marketing money can be better spent on directly reaching potential and current readers on their mobile devices rather than through the unwieldy algorithms and proprietary software of the Amazon Kindle (or the Apple, or the Nook, etc.).
    • A publisher in the next generation will literally be able to create, market, sell, collect and communicate directly with the reader using mobile technology, completely bypassing the rip-off experience of the Amazons of the world.

    Please visit us at our Kiosk 872A at the coming Book Expo America, May 11-13, 2016, in Chicago.  We’ll put our mouth where your money is so you can save more.

     

    B2C Publishing is the Business Model for the Next Mobile Generation

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    With the advent of mobile devices, the playing field for authors and publishers is rapidly changing.  One of the most inspirational and profitable means of doing business with this new generation of buyers is through mobile application.  We all know the phrase “I’ve got an app for that.”  It’s probably one of the most popular aphorisms in the high tech community.  Now it’s coming to publishing with the success of mobile applications for publishers and authors.  In point of fact, the future business model will be to provide the customer with what they want instantly. Just like “flash travel,” our mobile publishing platform was developed specifically to sell directly to your customer, what is now known as “B2C” marketing.

    The innovative aspect of B2C is that both push and pull marketing strategies can be used with a platform like the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing and Marketing system.  As we in publishing have seen, the big publishing giants have used B2C to fight back against the $107 billion sales power of Amazon.  The whole ball game in the future, as has been seen by the popularity of sites like Wattpad, is how mobile the publisher can become for the customer.  In other words, the next generation of readers will want much more than what the present book publishing system is providing.  I want to give the reasons why our kind of system will pay dividends for those publishers and authors who want to put their investment dollars into a platform that will harness the power of mobile in the near future.

  • Apps and digital content are merging to give the reader a “private screening room” for branded publishers.
  • Quality publishing apps like the Embellisher™ will allow the author to promote additional products related to his/her expertise.  In other words, I often tell my clients to use their eBooks as a way to “hook” the potential reader (offering it for free is one example).  If you’re an expert who gives seminars or consulting work, then this could be eventual product and revenue streams you would want to maximize inside your app down the road.
  • Because most purchases online are made through the customer’s mobile device, having your own store built right inside your publishing app, the way it is in the Embellisher™, gives you much higher ROI and potential influence over your audience.
  • Branding through app allows you to establish a community of learners as well as a community of sharing human beings interested in whatever expertise or subject matter you have to bring to the table.  Many people are becoming more micro-managers with their lives.  Having an app for their specific reading needs is one more nail in the coffin of the old-fashioned way of doing business online.
  • Most of our clients enjoy this new community-based model of publishing their content.  The main difference is that they are able to choose the community they want to establish, whereas in the former business model, people like Amazon and the big publishers were the ones who established the types of communities and what they would discuss.  Of course, some businesses are establishing a community-based publishing model to make money, but we don’t believe this is ultimately in the best interests of the authors.

    We believe that once our clients pay for the technology and tools they need, it should be their decision to choose how they want to publish and create a business model based on the book or course they’re selling to the public.  In fact, this is the main reason why there’s such a revolt happening across the world against the giant corporations.  People realize that having the right technology is the key to their individual freedom as entrepreneurs, and they are utilizing this leverage to establish brands of their own.

    We like to discuss this new power you can have with each client separately.  We explain what our tools can do for you, but you decide how you can use them.  Please join us in discussions about improving our present model at our open forum.  We welcome your input and your business!

    David and Goliath: Independent Authors and Publishers Versus the Conglomerate Book Model

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    How Mobile Publishing Can Save the Future of the Independents

    When I began working with the largest eBook distributor in Israel, Yaron Goldstein, one of the first things he told me was that the Israeli publishing community had never experienced the  phenomenon of Amazon and eBooks.  In other words, there was no rise of the giant conglomerate to attempt the take-over of the digital reading market the way it had happened in the United States.  Mr. Goldstein put it rather simply to me, however, when he said, “Why should I give 30% of my money to Amazon?”  Why, indeed!

    There was a lot made about the “Netflix for books” business model.  Perhaps Smashwords spoke most coherently about it.  Of course, they had signed a deal with Oyster, one of the outfits that offers the “all you can read buffet.”  Hugh Howey, the former indie supporter came out in favor of the Amazon Kindle Unlimited experience for the reader and author.  Of course, he was one of the “lucky ones” to receive a “non-exclusive” contract agreement to sell his titles through Amazon.  Even the Huffington Post came out with the article to assess the overall playing field for the author in these days of “streaming content.”

    Yaron and I are working together to provide a better model for authors.  Our model says that mobile publishing is the only way indies can stay competitive against this tidal wave of greedy profiteers in the “land of the corporate giants.”  Make no mistake.  The authors are the ones losing out in the long run with the corporate business model.  It’s basic economics.  Karl Marx even talks about it in Das Capital.  If the business person (yes, an author is also a business person) does not own the means of production, then he will always remain subservient to the overlord.  What is never discussed in these articles about Safari, Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited and Playster, is the fact that they own the means of production.  In other words, without the ability to create and distribute your own intellectual property, independent authors will remain patsies to the Goliaths in this world.

    My company, EMRE Publishing, LLC and its product, the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing and Marketing platform, is the David who can fight this Goliath.  Our slingshot is what will give our clients the edge.  Mobile distribution of books allows authors to become the controllers of their destinies.  No other means of getting your books in front of readers’ eyeballs will allow you to collect 100% of the profits directly into your bank account the way our platform does.  This is the main reason Yaron came on board, and this is why we’re willing to work with any independent who wants to experience the freedom of getting their “ducks in a row” in order to establish a brand that won’t be taken under by the conglomerate model of book sales looming on the horizon.

    What the “big boys” won’t tell authors is the fact that, with the right technology, they can compete.  Well, guess who’s telling you and giving the chance to compete?  Will you become a David and fight the Goliath?  Or, will you get a non-exclusive contract to sell your eBooks on Amazon’s (or any other system) business model?  Fat chance.  You had better already sold several million copies, dude.  At least with our mobile publishing model, you stand a chance at rifling-in and reaching your audience.  And, once you entertain them with multimedia, a good story and your fascinating charm, you’ll have them forever.  The public understands basic economics also.  Most don’t want to give away their money to a middleman (either a publisher or distributor), so why not give it to the author?  Return the profit to the creator of the goods and services!  What a concept.  Who can’t understand that logic?

    We want to make you the owner of the means of production.  You can even use it on your server.  Once you create, polish and market your work, you should earn the profits.  That’s our business model.  If you see us at the BEA in May, we’ll be the ones saying, “Me Tarzan.  You Jane.  Me want take you out of Amazon jungle!

    Authors with a Following Benefit Most from Mobile Marketing

    Followers are Entranced with Mobile Access

    We have discovered an interesting phenomenon during our conversions of independent authors to mobile publishing.  When they establish their Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing platform, the list of previous followers they had during their website presence quickly became more dedicated to the author and his/her work once they had an app to go to on their mobile devices.

    As a result, we did some research into why this happens, and we came up with a variety of responses from our authors and their readers.  The following are the main reasons given by authors and their followers as to why they became more dedicated to the author and his work after the conversion to mobile publishing:

  • Readers enjoyed the convenience of having the author’s work directly accessed by mobile device.
  • Readers could easily switch mobile devices while reading, keeping the place where they left off in the book they were reading.
  • The author’s brand was clearly recognizable to the reader inside a mobile application.
  • Authors enjoyed having more secure Digital Rights Management than on Amazon.
  • Followers appreciated the fact that most of the money they paid to buy the authors’ books inside the app went to the authors and not to middlemen.
  • Followers became much more active inside the Mobile Forum because it was dedicated exclusively to one author.  Places like Facebook and Goodreads were too big and too distracting.
  • Authors and their followers enjoyed having the instant editing that was available to their books and educational materials.
  • Newsletters and other promotions were sent by PhpList and were more secure and entertaining as a result.
  • Sales increased 30 to 100 percent after converting to mobile publishing because print, conventional eBooks, and enhanced (ePub3 multimedia) eBooks could all be created, marketed and sold inside the one mobile platform.
  • The authors also appreciate the help they receive from the staff at EMRE Publishing.  They are able to get their mobile platform up and running on their web servers in as little as 24 hours from the time they purchase it.  Self-Published authors who have several books in a series benefit most from converting to mobile publishing and marketing.  We hope you can experience the advantages of having all your publishing tasks in a single platform that you can take with you.  The myths about mobile marketing are not true, so visit us today.