Since I started working on the new edition of Roll the Bones in earnest last year, the question I got most was, “will it be available as an ebook?” My answer was always, “yes.” Today that became a reality, with the release of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition) on Kindle.
Yes, for under $10–that’s only two red chips–you can own the massive history of all things gambling, newly revised to account for the past few years. And it’s instant gratification–you’ll be reading in under a minute.
I’m excited to have Roll the Bones out in print, but I’m just as or maybe a little more pleased to have it available as an ebook. I really believe that this is the way the business is heading, and for me to get this book to you in this format means a great deal to me.
If you have a Nook or mostly use iBooks, I have some good news: the book will be available in those formats soon, too. I’m handling those through lulu.com, and it’s taken a little while longer over there. Likewise for getting the paperback on Amazon or in your favorite bookstore, although with the current 20% discount on Lulu, I see no reason to wait.
So right now, you’ve got two options for the book: Just under $21 for a paperback on Lulu, or $9.99 for the Kindle version (which, I’d like to remind you, is also accessible on iDevices with the Kindle app).
Formatting the book in epub gave me a whole new appreciation for the book-building process, and along the way I found several shortcuts that will make the next book I put together take about half the time. As a writer, this was the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
I’d like to thank everyone who had already bought the book. It means a lot to me to know that people believe enough in my work to pay for it, and I’m grateful to everyone who does so. As I said in an earlier post, this edition is entirely self-financed, meaning that when you buy it, the portion of the price that doesn’t go to Amazon isn’t going to some faceless conglomerate somewhere–it’s going back to the author, who can then use that money to publish more books (like a certain Jay Sarno biography).