The purpose of the 99 Books 99 Cents project is the publication of 99 eBooks priced at 99 cents each. The books will be divided roughly between my main writing interests: tabletop gaming and philosophy. The Kickstarter project to fund this failed on 3/28/2013 after reaching 20% of the goal.
While I am a professional philosopher, I hold to the view that philosophy should not be locked up in the safe confines of the ivory tower. As such, one of my main goals is to create philosophy books that are interesting, approachable and valuable to those outside of academics. You know, people.
Having been a GM for over three decades, I know well the common pain of the GM-having to come up with yet another adventure to appease the blood and loot lust of his/her players. So, I endeavor to provide my fellow GMs with numerous adventures at a low cost.
Way back in the 1990s I created a Macintosh program called “Fallacy Tutorial” which, surprisingly enough, taught people about fallacies. After the program had been circulating the internet for a while, I started receiving requests to make the content available as text, then as a PDF file. Long after that, I started receiving emails asking me to make the book available for Amazon’s Kindle and this led to the publication of my first Kindle book, 42 Fallacies. This generated email asking me to make my work available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and I did so.
The recent budget cuts to education in Florida provided me with extended (and unpaid) summer vacations and I used this time to write numerous books. Since my two main interests in writing are philosophy and gaming, I wrote a mix of philosophy works and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventures. Seeing the volume of volumes I was producing, my father asked me how many I planned to write. Jokingly, I said “I’ll write 99 books…99 books for 99 cents.” I continued to produce books and when I had over 20 books published I realized that I could actually make good on what started as a joke. That is, I could write 99 books and make them available for 99 cents each (which is the minimum price for the eBook sellers such as Amazon).
Just as I had received requests to make my work available via the Kindle and the Nook, I received requests to make my work available via iBooks. I looked into this and learned that publishing directly through Apple and using their excellent software requires having a Mac and an iPad (to preview books). While I learned I could use a third party to distribute my books, I rather prefer direct control over my own work. Also, I tend to think that the main point of the iBook format is to take full advantage of the special features of this format rather than just distributing a chopped down, generic text file to all platforms.
Sadly, my faithful G4 iBook proved to be unsuitable for the task of publishing books through Apple and my main writing laptop, an Asus Netbook running Windows XP, is starting to really show its age. I also learned that Apple requires authors to have an ISBN 13 for each book sold through their store. While this struck me as bit odd, what really struck me was the extremely high cost of ISBN 13s. So, I decided to attempt a Kickstarter project to secure the funds needed to complete my project properly. This project failed. However, I still intend to publish the 99 books, although the iBook option is closed (for now) and the timeline for completing the 99 books extends out into the indefinite future.