CCrane WIFI2 Radio

Writers and Readers on the Web

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, October 26, 1999

Aspiring authors and ravenous readers find new homes on the net. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. So you've had this book in you all this time and have wondered about getting published. Thanks to the net, you can see your book in print in almost no time at all. It's a new twist on self-publishing from a web site called iUniverse.com

"We have created a very large infrastructure to enable any authors and writers to publish their books, to get it into distribution and get sold throughout the traditional book stores as well as the dot com bookstores on the net within a very short time and very inexpensively, in thirty days or so and the cost of that is only 99 dollars."

iUniverse head Richard Tam. You can find all the fine print at iUniverse.com. Now for those ravenous readers. Head for a site called ibooksinc.com Company head Byron Preiss says electronic books are finally a reality...

"The concept of course being that you can go to the web anywhere, on the beach with a wireless PDA, in your office with a desktop and search for books and authors that you love and then instantly download samples of their writing, sample chapters of their books and experience the books."

You can find some entire books online, from well known authors, for free.