ANNOUNCING: Pearls of Wisdom

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Re: ANNOUNCING: Pearls of Wisdom

Postby Jim Eshelman » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:42 am

I think it's more possible on Kindle if you recode the entire book in HTML and then convert. Possibly someone has ways to automate this. I've hand-coded HTML for over 15 years and it would take me far longer to convert a book to HTML than it would take to write the book in the first place - after which you could commit me to a mental institution for fried brains :D

Besides - one of our specific secondary goals is to further people's commitment to physical books. The theory is that if we make the book well enough, people will see reason to have the physical book. And one of my primary goals in writing these books is to leave a revenue stream (however small) for College of Thelema when I'm dread and gone. Even in a protected commercial environment like Amazon, going eBook route basically means giving the book away. If one sells a million copies, it's worth it; but the occult market isn't that large.

I think we're generous with information, including answering just about anything for free on this site, giving away all of our historic periodicals digitally, etc. I'm not going to work two years to write a major work and then just give it away for not enough revenue to take a couple of people to a cheap dinner. (That would amount to abandoning physical publication forever, since our business model is to recover enough money from one book to pay for publishing the next one.)
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Re: ANNOUNCING: Pearls of Wisdom

Postby Frater INRI » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:39 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:I think it's more possible on Kindle if you recode the entire book in HTML and then convert. Possibly someone has ways to automate this. I've hand-coded HTML for over 15 years and it would take me far longer to convert a book to HTML than it would take to write the book in the first place - after which you could commit me to a mental institution for fried brains :D

Besides - one of our specific secondary goals is to further people's commitment to physical books. The theory is that if we make the book well enough, people will see reason to have the physical book. And one of my primary goals in writing these books is to leave a revenue stream (however small) for College of Thelema when I'm dread and gone. Even in a protected commercial environment like Amazon, going eBook route basically means giving the book away. If one sells a million copies, it's worth it; but the occult market isn't that large.

I think we're generous with information, including answering just about anything for free on this site, giving away all of our historic periodicals digitally, etc. I'm not going to work two years to write a major work and then just give it away for not enough revenue to take a couple of people to a cheap dinner. (That would amount to abandoning physical publication forever, since our business model is to recover enough money from one book to pay for publishing the next one.)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Jim. I understand.

Contribution of your team is huge as it is.
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Re: ANNOUNCING: Pearls of Wisdom

Postby UK93 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:48 am

Thoughts on this from a Newbie:

Firstly, thanks for a great site Jim :D

Normally I do most of my reading on Kindle because it's easy and portable - I can't actually remember the last time I bought a 'real' book. That said I prefer reading books the old fashioned way but time, space and my impatient nature usually get the better of me.

BUT with this book I'm more than happy to buy the physical version (on Friday, payday, hooray!) for a couple of reasons. The most important reason is the generosity of this site in the information it gives away and the fact that every post I've read of Jim's has been considered and very helpful. I appreciate people doing stuff for the greater good like this so I'm more than willing to help by buying a book that has obviously had a lot of effort put into it.

Secondly, a hard copy is a lot better for learning the Occult etc from - I'm not sure why but for reference purposes they always just seem more useful.

So.... Friday here we come!
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Re: ANNOUNCING: Pearls of Wisdom

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:51 am

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