Guest Post: David P Elliot

On the 11th of May, as part of the Lincoln Book Festival, I was one of the guest speakers for ‘New Writers’ Night’ at the lovely Drill Hall Theatre in Lincoln.

It was a pleasure - and very reassuring for any of us who have a real love of books and reading - to find a responsive audience interested in writing of all kinds, even given the worrying state of the Publishing Industry today.

One subject that came up in discussion and a number of people approached me about after the talk, was the whole mystique surrounding e-books.

Now, I have published all of my writing in e-book form as well as the more traditional paperback format and it was clear that, as with so much new technology, people were struggling to know where to start with the technology and to understand some of the concepts.

A very talented poet from Northern Ireland, called Gerry Miller, who was in the audience, (I recommend his beautiful book of poetry and pictures called ‘Driftwood’ ISBN 978-0-9548251-5-7), suggested that I might put together a small book on the subject.

Taking Gerry’s comments on board, I have come up with ‘The Blind Leading the Partially Sighted’ which people can download from smashwords . If you don’t have an e-reader, just get it in PDF format or HTML and read it on your PC or print it out.

PDF format requires something called Adobe Acrobat Reader which is probably already on your computer, but if not you can download it free from adobe
HTML is the standard format for web pages so you will be able to read it directly in your web browser.

You can also get it directly from Amazon if you are a sophisticate with a Kindle!

Hopefully it will amuse and entertain, as well as provide you with a personal view of the subject and how to get started.

I hope it helps and entertains!