The leadership book Swarmwise, which I published last Friday, has been converted to an Epub file on Ownshelf for use on e-book readers. Ownshelf is a social book-sharing site that brings traditional book lending to the digital sharing domain. Today, Ownshelf chose to feature Swarmwise on its welcome page.
As I published Swarmwise last Friday, including the source files, a lot of people starting reading and talking about it. That makes me enormously happy – I understand translation is already underway into at least two languages, and have yet to respond to all the interest in translations and conference keynote invitations that have started coming in because of it (yes, already).
Another effort that started immediately was conversion into more formats, and Epub – for small e-book readers – was a commonly requested format. I know a few people were looking at this, and I’m happy to see that Rick Marazzani of Ownshelf has made sure to not just do a good conversion to epub, but also choose to feature the book on Ownshelf’s welcome page. Thank you, Rick – I’m flattered!
Ownshelf is a social book-sharing site for epubs that lets you borrow books from your friends as well as pick books from a large library. In a way, it is similar to TUEBL, but Ownshelf adds a very strong social element.
(No, I’m not going to link directly to the epub – you should get it at Ownshelf, if nothing else because they did the conversion.)