Reading Ghost Written Books and Articles Online and Offline

It seems that the public and the publication industry accept the role of ghost writers/authors and ghost-written articles as a standard to live by in the realm of popular literature. This appears the same for both the traditional offline as well the new online writings. Some of the blogs and websites owners have no qualms in admitting that their materials are produced by someone else and they just own the copyright and ownership of those digital products. 

In the offline publication world, one would immediately assume that books are ghost-written when within a space of less than one year, a newly elected president of a country seems to be able to produce at least three large volumes books of various genres simultaneously. In one of the series of a popular British crime drama on the cable TV network, there was an episode of murders committed surrounding the issue of the darkness of publication world which include the role of ghost writers/authors. Of course the motive behind the murders were the large amounts of financial transactions involved in producing a ghost-written book.

Ironically, the issue of ghost-writing in the academic world is discussed in the context of Intellectual Property rights and Plagiarism. It is absolutely unacceptable and downright unethical for someone’s work to be proclaimed by someone else’s to be theirs. There is no place of financial transaction in enforcing this standard in academia. This is of course the ideal that the academic publication authors and editors are striving for with the realization that there can still be some loopholes for the ghost writer/authors to come in. The most obvious conduit where this can happen is in the article written by multiple authors, which is acceptable in the academic world. New knowledge derived from complex observations and research, especially in the areas of the sciences demand multiple input from many different people with diverse expertise and specializations and hence the final intellectual product can be shared by all the contributors. But amongst the many contributors, one can never measure the significance of the contributions of every single person in the final publication.This is the loophole where a ghost writer/author who is usually “powerful” can come in.

The public are encouraged to devour in reading to increase their knowledge and expand their horizon.It is unknown what psychological impact there is should they know that the pieces they are reading are ghost-written. There is a sense of cynicism in this matter but if the written materials are of tremendous values to the readers,the status of the authors may seem irrelevant.But for the concerned, the vanguard of the ethics of publications seem to be more elusive than ever.

The Sony Digital Book Reader PRS-300-An Affordable Digital EBook Reader

It has only been a few short weeks since the new entry level Sony digital book reader hit the stores, but in that short time it has proved to be an effective, feature packed, affordable digital eBook reader.

It seems that Sony have struck gold with their latest digital eBook reader, the Prs-300. They must be delighted with the way the public have received it, and must be even more pleased that they have struck a blow in their long running battle with Kindle to be the industries top dog. So what is it that has made the PRS 300 an instant favorite with the reading public.

Well, a good mixture of features and technology, plus that all important price point, go a long way, no matter what the product, to engaging serious buyers. They seem to have set out, in the product brief and design criteria, to answer the many criticisms of their previous models, keeping the best aspects and ditching or improving on those that where less appreciated. Then when they had come up with what is a massive improvement on past models, as you would expect from a leading consumer electronics manufacturer (let’s be honest, if they didn’t learn they would not be where they are), they trumped everyone by pitching the price at an unbelievably affordable $199.

The Sony Digital Book Reader PRS 300, that is constructed with an aluminum panel on the front and comes in a new choice of colours, weighs in at just a fraction over 7oz (220g) so can easily be taken with you on your travels. The 125mm eInk display, which uses the latest Vizplex(TM) technology, returns a paper like screen, has no flicker, has 3 different text sizes to choose from and uses no back light so reading is strain free and can be used for many hours of reading even when the sun is at it’s brightest. The superb text detail is delivered via the screens 8 Grey scales.

Storage is taken care of by the 512mb internal memory, so you can take with you on your travels up to approximately 350 electronic books. These can be purchased from the online Sony eBook Store or even downloaded quite legally for free, then transferred easily, via the USB 2.0 cable, from your computer or laptop straight onto your Sony digital eBook reader. The improved battery allows nearly 7000 page turns or two weeks supply of power from one four hour full charge from your laptop or computer or two hours through an optional AC adapter.

The reader comes complete with Sony eBook Library software, compatible with not only PC but also Mac, so you can easily organize your personal library on your Reader Pocket Edition(TM). And now, thanks to the additional file formats supported by the PRS300, you can read far more ebooks. The inclusion of the industry standard EPUB format and Adobes PDF the file format of free ebooks, not forgetting the old favorites like .TXT, .RTF, .DOC and BBeB, has opened up the number of titles your reader can now handle.

None of this would be any use if the Sony Digital Book Reader was too expensive would it? Well the good news is Sony have really pitched their new Digital eBook Reader at those buyers who have had their hearts set on joining the reading revolution but could not justify the high prices. They have stolen a march on the Kindle, with the price of the Sony Digital Book Reader the right side of $200 US they are set to clean up in the Christmas Digital eBook Reader gift market.

So You Want to Write a Book? Go eBook

eBooks have become the cyberspace phenomena over the last few years. They’re not exactly new as Acrobat’s PDF files of electronic or digitized books and manuals have been around since the advent of computers. You will remember CD-formatted eBooks used as free promotional giveaways during the late 90s.

But with new and engaging electronic reading devices like the Kindle and the iPad becoming so popular, every day that passes makes the electronic self-publishing eBook trend follow an inevitable path that will soon dominate the reason people visit the Internet.

But not to worry, the printed book publishing industry is not about to go into death throes, at least not in the near future. One can remain nostalgic about it in the same way music lovers have been with analog LPs despite the CDs and the MP3s.

While the printed books still have their following, the eBooks are about to bring critical mass into their existence to become the main source of reading material for the next generation. And it’s not just a fad for the following reasons:

eBooks are easy and inexpensive to produce
There’s no need for a book publisher, an agent, a printing press, paper stock, ink supply or a distributors. If you have a great idea for a book that can attract a large readership, the decent ability to write and put your message across and a PC with the right word processing application than can output in non-editable PDF or similar eBook file, you can publish your own eBook.

eBooks are easily obtainable online
Just do a Google search on the subject and you’ll find countless return pages of free eBook sites and commercial online eBook retailers that include Amazon, Barnes & Noble and torrent sites that are virtual digital libraries of nearly infinite book titles. You only need to search for a title you want or a topic and you have a list of books that, with just a click of your mouse, will download to your PC in seconds.

eBooks are easy to update
No need for a second edition printing run. You simply go back to your editable Word file, modify the text or graphics and save it as a new version of your titles in the same non-editable file format and you’re back in business. This makes eBooks grow with the times as fast as it should and makes perfect sense as school and collage textbooks that need regular updates. You can also create special section updates to add to or supercede chapters or sections in your earlier eBook publication and they can be offered as free eBooks to those who already purchased the first edition.

eBooks are interactive multimedia
You can have survey forms, order forms of other titles, hyperlinking to related websites for added info or for purely promotional purposes as well as using video, audio, animation, and the usual images to spice up your eBook that no printed book can offer.

eBooks allow complete creative control
There’s no need to deal with editors and publishers who think they know better than you do. There’s no need to make compromises on your eBooks and no haggling with designers over your cover. You have complete control over your creative work.

eBooks have the whole world as its market
Best of all, once you have it published online, you have the entire world with almost 1 Billion of them going online everyday, as your potential market.