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Reading EBooks in Thailand

There are many people that just don’t understand the whole eBook concept yet. I’ll explain it as best I can here. It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t require a lot of money. Actually, you can read eBooks for much less money, and with much less effort required to read a paper book.

If you are traveling to Thailand, and you landed here at this page – I’ll go over in-depth what is required to find, purchase, and read eBooks.

EBooks are great for many reasons – one of which is they are cheaper than paper books. They are cheaper to make. They are cheaper to mass produce and distribute. They are usually, and should always be, cheaper to buy. Some authors and publishers – the big names – are refusing to drop prices of their eBooks. They have very little expense in producing them without having to worry about printing and distributing ebooks – but, they are greedy and are still charging over $10 USD for one book. It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. It offers those of us that are not big name writers – a chance to break into the ebook market, which is what we’ve done.

EBooks are “Electronic Books”. Instead of paper, books are created digitally on a word processor in a computer or other device. Almost always a computer, though in Japan they sometimes create entire full-length books on their phones. Insane – right?! I don’t know any Thailand writers doing this, and I don’t think we’ll see it anytime soon either.

EBooks are usually created in Word format, or some other standard, and are converted to other formats so they can be easily read on electronic devices. Thailand is like the rest of the world – we have desktop and notebook computers, we have Apple.co.th online, and Apple stores in Bangkok, Phuket, and even Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s northeast – Isaan region.

Different electronic eReaders – read different types of files. If you see an ebook for sale, you need to know what format it is being offered in so you can know – will it be able to be read on your particular device – or not?

Here at Thailand EBooks – we offer the major formats – PDF, .Epub, .Mobi and a couple of others. Nearly all ebooks are formatted in one of the three formats just mentioned. Any computer with the “Reader” application from adobe.com can read PDF files. Probably your smart phone can read PDF files. It is not a very nice file to use to read a book, because a PDF is basically an image file. Books should be in a text format to be read easily. This is why Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and other major ebook retailers – use one of the best text formats available: Epub or Mobi.

You can search for eBooks in Thailand using Google. Type in Thailand eBooks and see what happens. You see our site near the top, or at the top. We have a small collection of Thailand focused books, that are selling well. We’ve put a lot of time into them and we have more coming out. We are adding new Thailand authors as time goes by, and we are building up to be a much larger shopping place for ebook hunters looking for fiction and non-fiction about Thailand’s people, places, and things. Guidebooks are something we’re looking to add soon.

You can buy a book on our site by clicking the buy, or add to cart, buttons. You can pay with your credit card using Paypal. It’s easy and you will get a download link quickly so you can get your book and read it with whatever device (ereader) you have.

If, for whatever reason, you realize you ordered the wrong format for the eReader you have – no worries, just write us and let us know – we’ll check your order and send you the correct file. Help is just a minute away. Usually we can send your eBook instantly through email.

Which eReader to choose?

This is an often asked question. Many readers are bewildered by the whole affair and some just stick with paperback books because they know them and it’s a no-brainer.

There are many eReaders to choose from – but the best is probably your phone. Phone displays are increasing in size, the world finally realizing that a 3.8 inch display is too small to do much with. The new Galaxy Note II has a 5.5″ display. It’s almost a tablet. Personally, we love the size because it IS almost a tablet, and yet it is much smaller and the resolution is gorgeous. The price is the same as a tablet, and you can use it as a mobile phone too. No need to carry mobile phone AND tablet in Thailand when you have the Galaxy Note I or II. You can add Kindle or Nook (Barnes & Noble) eReader software to your smart phone like the Note, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, or other high-end device and get a good reading experience without carrying around a tablet computer too. If you like the tablet format, you can install the software there too – no problem.

If you don’t want to bring a tablet or mobile phone to Thailand – just install the eReader software of your choice on your notebook computer. The new MacBook Air 11 or 13″ ultrabook computers are nothing short of amazing, and will give you 5-7 hours of eReading on a single battery charge. Personally, we use the Lenovo E125 – available only in Asia – and we get 9 hours. The computer was $500! Cheap!

There are many options for reading ebooks as you travel through Thailand, and all of Asia or wherever you end up. You can store hundreds or thousands of eBooks on your eReader. With Kindle you can even send documents to your Kindle software program, whether you have the hardware Kindle you bought at the Amazon store, or you’re using Kindle on your phone, computer, or tablet as software. You right click a file and say – “Send to Kindle”. It sends it to your device. How cool is that? It’s what we use for sending anything we want to save a copy of, or read later, to our phone. Currently we use an HTC One V phone and reading eBooks is easy here in Thailand using that phone. The phone is half the price of an iPhone, but does everything the iPhone does – and better.

If you are considering a trip to Thailand – bring your mobile phone prepared with the latest software from Kindle (the best, we think) – and load up on books set in Thailand here at Thailand EBooks. Tell your friends. Email us with any questions.

Best of luck,

VL

Mike Fook – Thailand’s Best Selling Author?

Vern Lovic, writing as “Mike Fook,” has been selling the heck out his eBooks on Amazon lately. If you check the bestselling list after searching the Kindle ebook store for “Thailand” you’ll find that he has two books already in the top 10. One is at position 8, the other at 10.

John Burdett, who wrote Bangkok 8, has a number of books in the top 10. Shows that there are few authors that have any decent books to offer the ebook readers. Not to say his work is no good – I’ve read no more than the sample chapters. John writes in a way I don’t enjoy reading – and from a perspective that doesn’t jive with what I like. Still – THOUSANDS of people like how he writes and he’s the top writer. For now.

The eBook market has the potential to change everything. There are writers today – book writers – traditional book writers – that enjoy being top dog. They’re going to be replaced in some cases. Obliterated in others.

Currently – taking into account all online channels – Mike Fook is selling over 25 books per day. John Burdett prices his books (rather, his publisher does!) at the insane price of $14.99 in some cases for the EBOOK! Nuts.

If you are a new author and you want to write a book about some aspect of Thailand – WRITE IT NOW. Get it out of your head and into your computer as fast as you can. New authors this year – who crank out a few books per year (10?) can be firmly established when the ebook revolution takes hold and kills the last remaining holds outs (paperback readers).

Thailand Fiction – Same-Same?

I’ve been considering for over a year doing reviews of Thailand fiction here at this site, and possibly at one of my other sites. What I’ve found is that fiction set in Thailand tends to be one main style. Detective stories. These are the old writers that have been doing it for decades. There is a market for it. There was nothing else to read for years.  God I hate traditional detective stories. I don’t know why I can ‘t read them, I must have read too many when I was younger.

So, long story short, I can’t possibly start reading the detective stories some of the old-timers are putting out. I just can’t force myself to do it. I won’t name names, but you could guess.

Are there other fiction stories I could review?

I looked at about twenty different writers, hoping to find some that I enjoyed reading so I could read a bunch of books and get some reviews up here. I can’t find many I like at all. I think writers are like that, but I’m some sort of special breed. I don’t like much of anything except what I and my friends write. Maybe that was the catalyst behind starting to write my own fiction set in Thailand. I love the hell out of my books.

Isn’t that the way most authors are? I’d rather sit down and re-read one of my books I put a couple hundred hours into because I will be doing two things. One, I’ll be enjoying my story. Two, I’ll be editing it for the upteenth time and making it better as I update it afterward.

If it isn’t detective stories, it’s an “I banged this many girls in Thailand and fell in love with a bargirl in Pattaya!” story. Yeah, exciting, that’s mind-blowing. Can’t wait to read all 120 pages.

That’s another thing, half the writers are cranking out 100 pages and calling that a fiction novel. What happened to 250+ page books? Maybe that’s too long now with eBooks. Maybe the attention span of readers has dwindled a bit and 30,000 words is the new 80-90,000. Maybe it is.

Here’s another thing – there are Thailand writers that keep cranking out the SAME detective stories time after time after time. Same boring characters, settings, and piss-poor plots. If they changed it up a bit, I’d be able to get through a book. I just see the same characters and I can’t even get past the free sample at Amazon. Thank god for the free sample idea for ebooks or I’d be wasting truckloads of money on books I’ll never read.

There is a reader demographic that the old-time writers are writing for. They are still writing for them. They are writing for the old-time expats that are in their 60’s and 70’s and that have little to do all day but read fiction books. I won’t be targeting this group, and I really hope Thailand gets a fresh bunch of expats in over the next few years so I have more readers.

Instead of talk about who I think absolutely sucks and who doesn’t – I’ll not say anything bad about anyone directly. Let it suffice to say that there is a new crop of writers in Thailand coming up, and I like about a handful of them. The plots are different. The main characters are different. Nobody is a detective. Nobody works on the police force. Nobody is a dumbass expat that comes to Thailand to dip himself into all the wet spots.

Do you want to volunteer any new up and coming writers that you really enjoy reading?

Thailand’s Sickest – a Thriller

Hard-hitting Thailand Vigilante eBook


Here is “Thailand’s Sickest” for purchase. I’ve not changed the book title at all the distribution channels yet, it will be month to get to all of them.

Thailand’s Sickest – is a full-length vigilante fiction novel, set in Patong Beach, Thailand.

Here are some reviews:

“What a fantastically action packed, scary and realistic story! I really, really enjoyed it – I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down! My only criticism would be that it needed a touch more editing, to get rid of some repetition of facts and quite a few grammatical and typing errors. Other than that little quibble, which really did not detract from the book at all, it was spot on. I love that the author has left things open for another book with some of the main characters, although it didn’t feel at all unfinished as some books can when they have more possibilities in the storyline. I will definately be looking for more fiction books from Vern Lovic.”

And this review:

“Sir for a first work of fiction wowowowowow. This book isn’t for the feint of heart. If you struggle with the reality of what really bad people do then this book will upset you. If you you want a look at what evils this world really has to offer, if you want to see something that isn’t sanitized, or sugar coated, then read this book……

I have been all over the world and have seen my share of the dark side. This book captures the horror.

I liked that Mr. Lovic was able to show the difference and varying degrees of bad guys. He was able to show that even the good guys are flawed and that too is a reality.

Readers this book will shock you like a dip into an ice filled pool of water. It will make your blood boil and you will want to rage. The sad part is that it is all too real. Just like in reality sometimes not all the bad guys are caught and sometimes even those we save are never saved.”

This vigilante fiction novel is not likely to appeal to people with a weak stomach. Anyone with a soul might not enjoy this book. If you enjoy payback stories – this is one of the most hard-hitting you’ll find.

This book is sold exclusively at Amazon.com for the time being.

CLICK HERE to see the book at Amazon:

Why Thailand Authors Should Embrace EBooks…

I started out with the goal of getting published – a paperback book, I thought, would be the ultimate ego boost. At least until the movie was made… After looking into it more and asking myself what was more important, money or fame? I came to the conclusion – money is more important. Money is far more important.

The publishing contracts authors sign with traditional paperback book publishers are quite restrictive on present and future acts. For instance, most paperback publishers will insist they own the digital rights to your book content as well – for distribution! Meaning, if you write a book, sign a contract with Bangkok Books, or Asia Books, Lotus Books, whichever company – you are probably signing away your digital rights to market your OWN book on the internet on your site, eBay, Amazon, anywhere.

In order to sell your book online your publisher must sell it for you… which results in a pittance of an income for you – regardless how many eBooks they sell. Not only that, many publishers don’t have agreements with Amazon or other major distribution channels – so, your digital ebooks go nowhere. This very important channel goes unused because traditional book publishing companies are not excited about eBooks – nor are they set up to sell eBooks.

Wouldn’t you rather retain all the rights to your written works?

I decided a year ago that I wanted all the rights. Similar to music industry performers that are tired of selling an entire music CD and making a dollar… I want to retain as much money and rights to distribution of my own material as possible.

Not only this – but, I want to help other authors retain their rights by giving them an outlet for their digital ebooks here at ThailandeBooks.com.

Sign on here and you’ll give up nothing of your rights – we’re just another outlet that you allow to market and sell your ebooks for a commission. You might sell your ebook 50 other places online as well. You might self-publish your book in paperback form on your own as you make enough money from ebook sales to do so. Or, you might give up caring about selling a paperback book.

Ebooks are more than just another way to get your book out there – ebooks are here now – and give authors the chance to retain all rights to their content in the present and the future.

Do you have books already written about Thailand or Asia topics that you couldn’t find a publisher to publish? If you’re a writer based in Thailand – of course you have. It’s very difficult to match up a story with a publisher and actually go through and get published. It’s an exercise in futility often times.

Now you have an outlet for these books – assuming they are decent books and will have an audience – sell them here and everywhere else you possibly can sell them online.

 

EBooks Starting to Take Off!

We have a few channels where we sell eBooks – and it’s quite clear by sales lately that the ebook world is taking off like a rocket-ship.

Sales have increased at least 30% month over month for almost a year now. That’s pretty nice growth. The end is nowhere in sight – as most people are still reading paperback books. Imagine when that changes and people finally throw away their paperback books and go for eBooks. EBook authors will be rejoicing – while those stuck in contracts with paperback publishers will be crying in their Cheerios.

Currently we have 14 books for sale at Amazon’s Kindle Store – and here at ThailandEbooks.com. We are selling over 400 books per month online. No paper. No postal service.

If you have been thinking about jumping into Ebook publishing -now is the time. Get started today and don’t look back. The future is eBooks – not paperback books.

 

All Books and Ebooks

All books between $2.99 and 4.99.

Click a Thailand book title to see the full description:

Thailand’s Sickest – a vigilante adventure fiction novel set in Patong Beach.

Thai Black Book – The Ultimate Thailand Survival Guide

Living in Thailand – What is it like? Is it safe? What will you encounter?

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Thailand – comprehensive guide to teaching in Thailand. Nothing else needed.

Joys Thai Food Recipes – Joy’s 50 best Thai food recipes in a best selling cookbook. 100% authentic!

Joys Thai Dessert Recipes – Joy’s TOP 20 Thai desserts favorites. Thailand has hundreds of great desserts, influenced by bordering countries. You must try these!

Moving to Thailand – Everything you need to know about moving to Thailand from the west.

 

All ebooks can be downloaded immediately after processing your payment. You can choose the format and will receive whatever you choose plus the PDF version which is readable on virtually any computer across the globe.