On my recent travels, I visited the New York Book Expo to launch the Amazing People Club Series of books and audios. I lived for a week in a hotel next to Times Square. It was a golden chance to walk the streets where many amazing people made their outstanding contributions. Each day, I passed the Edison Hotel, named after the great inventor. Nearby was The Music Box Theater established by Irving Berlin, the great songwriter. I took a bus tour and saw the streets were Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Damon Runyon walked as they gathered stories for their famous books.
At the New York Book Fair, there was much discussion on the future of books. Will the printed copy still exist in 10 years time? To get an insiders view, I went to the Apple 59th Street store on three occasions to take part in their free workshops. I left in no doubt that the iPad and its competitors will make physical books a thing of the past, except for collectors items, within about 10 years. Only print on demand books will be available.
As I was launching seven of the Amazing People books at the Fair this concerned me. These will be in the form of E books and E stories plus also the audio versions. Amazing People of New York is now available at iTunes.
While in New York, I took the opportunity to make a video on the Amazing People Series. This was done in conjunction with my colleague Frances Corcoran, who set up all my appointments very effectively and Mark Macias who did a fine job at short notice. See the 2 minute video he has produced at the Amazing People web site and the product range that is now available including the Amazing People of New York as shown above.
Regards – Charles Margerison – Author of the Amazing People Series of publications.