Fistful of Dreams has undergone a long journey and evolution since the story made its way into the public domain. It originally began as a multimedia presentation that went viral on social networks and internet, reaching out to a huge audience. Then it moved to a classical medium of a printed book.
All along this journey, it went to true public platforms and events like Open Shows (Bangalore and Hyderabad) and Delhi Photo Festival, where I was present to directly interact with an audience as I presented the story of the five-year-old Palguni.
Soon after the release of the first edition of Fistful of Dreams book on blurb, a lot of queries came to me from friends, family, followers of my blog, and general public, if there was an e-book version of Fistful of Dreams available for e-book readers like kindle, or for tablets like iPad. Their reasons for the need for an e-book varied. Below are some of the reasons that I got along with the requests for an e-book:
- Printed on-demand photo books are expensive (I am working on an alternative to get Indian edition of the print. But it will be a while before it happens).
- They have stopped buying printed works.
- They have invested on e-book readers/tablets.
- They are into “less use of paper” philosophy.
- They want to support my work, but buying books to support my work is slightly above their budget.
And so on. After a lot of trial and error, trying to design books for local markets, and feasibility study of making PDF e-books, I realized that blurb.com had finally embraced the e-book revolution that changed the dynamics of publishing world. Blurb finally launched the e-book versions for Apple iPad tablet, iPhone and iPod. It has allowed authors and photographers like me to reach a newer audience who prefer books in digital format. This given a boost to self-publishing and has further democratized the publishing business.
As a result, I finally launch the digital edition/E-book of Fistful of Dreams. Currently, it is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod only. But, I hope I’ll be able to reach more platforms soon.
Best thing about the e-book is that it is low-cost, and hence affordable by people who wanted a copy of Fistful of Dreams but couldn’t afford the printed version. The book is priced at US $5 . 99 only (5 dollars and 99 Cent ) with no additional hidden costs. It can be downloaded immediately after the transaction on blurb.com.
So do buy the book, or gift it for someone who has an iPad/iPhone/iPod and would love to have Fistful of Dreams or be benefited by the story. Click here for the direct link to the Ebook on blurb.
Below is a small preview of the book.
Steps mentioned on Blurb.com to download the book to iPad.
a) Start by making sure you have iBooks installed on your iPad or iPhone.
b) Download using either your (1) iPhone/iPad or (2) your Mac/PC:
- Your iPad or iPhone:
- In Safari go to Blurb.com, sign in to your account, and then go to the book details page for your book.
- On the right-hand side find the button that says Get ebook for iPad, iPhone, iPod.
- Choose Download for iTunes from the drop down. (A progress bar will appear at the top of the screen).
- After the file downloads choose “Open in iBooks” to open the file. Getting an error message? Make sure you have iBooks first!
- A Mac or PC:
- Go to the book details page for your book.
- On the right-hand side click Get ebook for iPad, iPhone, iPod.
- Use any of the four options to load your ebook
- Text message – Open this message on your iPhone and tap the link. After the file downloads choose “Open in iBooks” to open the file.
- Email – Open this email in the iPad mail client and click the link. After the file downloads choose “Open in iBooks” to open the file.
- QR code – Use a QR reader to open the link. After the file downloads choose “Open in iBooks” to open the file.
- Download for iTunes – Click this to download your ebook to your computer to manually add to your iTunes library.
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