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Ellington Darden

I've just been offered a good deal on making some of my older, out-of-print books available as eBooks. I realize that that most of the printed manuals are still available at low costs through websites that deal with used books.

What do you guys think? Is there enough interest in such Kindle-type eBooks?

Ellington
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Hitit

Dr. Darden,

IMO I think it depends on the value/cost/profit one may expect (if that is a goal). If direct profit is the goal, I suspect not so much from that. The indirect is the marketing of the information again to reach more people to get indirect attention (marketing for other means). I think ebooks maybe more dependant on the younger generation and their interest in the material. In my experience, "older" folks (35 and up)seem to still shy away from Kindle type reading except for women. Although I do not use a Kindle (or similar) I do think that the NOW generation is/has shifted in that direction and it seems to be growing.

I myself will look for online articles and print them out for future reference, just because I like reading references to be accessible physically, but I think the younger gen may not so much.

With all the computer generated storage now I suspect more and may be more inclined to that style of reading material. But it may be useful to contact those in the field of publishing and book sales. I think they will say there is a shift to the computer gen reading more online ebooks, but it will be more a target audience and topic related dependant.

Older exercise science type material in ebook I suspect would fall short of popular interest outside of a select group (like us on the Forum).

If for legacy purposes or for simply spreading the good will of excellent exercise information/nutrition/health, etc. then undoubtedly yes it is worth it. Personally I would love to see and have access to all your material with ease of finding it and getting it as a collection. But would probably want to be able to print it out to keep and read as reference in the future.

My 2 cents.

I hope you keep us updated if you do.

Brian
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

Yes, in fact, I suggested it somewhere. Naturally, I vote for THE NAUTILUS BODYBUILDING BOOK, although it might be difficult since NAUTILUS might object, or you might not want to use it.
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perrymk

I suspect the best value for you will be if you offer the books at little or no cost to get people interested in you. Then they might purchase your newer books.

Good luck with this venture!
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marcrph

Portugal

"Football Conditioning" would be great.
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st3

It has to do with marketing. If they market your eBooks properly it'll work great!
Steve
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robinn3403

I for one think it is a tremendous idea!!!!
I had thought about buying some of those books ( I have most of them anyway. ORIGINAL copies of course ) and giving them or at least letting them borrow them to introduce these knuckleheads to the correct way of training.
Your books and the original Nautilus Designs, there isn't anything like them! Well X-Force but still......
I say full steam head Herr Doctor Darden! The exercise world NEEDS it!
( including pictures of course )
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HamsFitness

It depends on who you want to reach: current Hitters or people who have never heard of it...

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Tomislav

New York, USA

Why not just offer spiral bound editions yourself and simply print them on demand?

I think an e-book is fine for small articles but with a book reading (hopefully) becomes an immersive experience of considerable duration; cradling a tablet and craning at the screen becomes an unpleasant chore and spoils the experience.

Many folk prefer television and don't read for long periods of time; can an e-book equipped with sound bytes and video clips compete at this end of the spectrum with a DVD production?

The kindle nook niche is just this in disguise perhaps; more often than not we see people with nooks and kindles not actually reading but browsing the web or watching DVD productions on Netflix.
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Fred F

New Jersey, USA

Dr. Darden,

My couple cents worth on the e-book inquiry....

I've been approached to have my dumbbell book made into e-book format and declined due to the fact that the illustrations are an important aspect of the book to assist in explaining exercises. The reason being is that not all e-book readers format the same ( font size variations, screen sizes, etc) and therefore, I thought the integrity of the book would be lost. I have, on the other hand, made a couple of e-books and they are mainly text oriented so it was low risk.

If the texts that are being considered for e-book aren't dependent upon the illustrations to support exercise descriptions or detract from your message, I think it's a smart idea.

Fred
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Mr. Strong

Tomislav wrote:
Why not just offer spiral bound editions yourself and simply print them on demand?

I think an e-book is fine for small articles but with a book reading (hopefully) becomes an immersive experience of considerable duration; cradling a tablet and craning at the screen becomes an unpleasant chore and spoils the experience.

Many folk prefer television and don't read for long periods of time; can an e-book equipped with sound bytes and video clips compete at this end of the spectrum with a DVD production?

The kindle nook niche is just this in disguise perhaps; more often than not we see people with nooks and kindles not actually reading but browsing the web or watching DVD productions on Netflix.




Prefer books myself, theres just something about having it there, turning the pages.
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noone

New York, USA

I would be interested.
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Bill De Simone

New Jersey, USA

Ellington Darden wrote:
I've just been offered a good deal on making some of my older, out-of-print books available as eBooks. I realize that that most of the printed manuals are still available at low costs through websites that deal with used books.

What do you guys think? Is there enough interest in such Kindle-type eBooks?

Ellington


I put Congruent Exercise on Kindle in November. I had similar to Fred's experience, had to reformat pretty much the whole thing. Fortunately, I had all the photos and diagrams done originally in formats that would make the switch, which I don't have for Moment Arm Exercise. And then I put some time in, and used Fiverr for what I couldn't figure out. I was happy with the final product.
Moment Arm Exercise, all my original photos and diagrams would look like mud on Kindle, so rather than redo, I'm putting it up free on a blog
If formatting the books for the ebook doesn't get too expensive, it seems to be the way of the future. I definitely sold more to more countries with the Kindle than print.
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AndyMitch

The ebook is a better option compared to a version that is locked to a PC.

I'm still waiting for Bill Piche's book to be offered in kindle format.

I just don't like sitting at a PC to read a book.

The other thing I'd really like to see are the hardgainers offered for kindle.

Dr Darden.
The books you offer, I'd much prefer paper.
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dado7

California, USA

I'd be a customer for sure. I bought Bill's Congruent Exercise on Kindle.
The only books I've bought print in the last three years are out of print editions (mostly old technical books on vacuum tube electronics). Everything else has been e-book (direct kindle or other types converted to kindle using Calibre)
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Shocks me that more past works aren't offered digitally. Books are great but reading is greater.

Regards,
Andrew
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Acerimmer1

The interest in ebooks is likely to increase. I'd really like to be able to get a training manual and instead of a picture of a guy squatting beside the text I get a video.
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farhad

Massachusetts, USA

AShortt wrote:
Shocks me that more past works aren't offered digitally. Books are great but reading is greater.

Regards,
Andrew


When it comes to books, I am def 'old school'. I love the feel of holding a book in my hand and turning those pages one by one and being able to smell those pages that were created decades earlier. It's weird and words cannot explain the feeling very well, but that's just me.
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Fred F

New Jersey, USA

I'd much rather have a paper book than an electronic, but in today's times, it can be cost prohibitive to print several thousand copies with the uncertainty of selling them when electronic is taking a huge chunk of the market and the financial risks are much lower.

Dr Darden - have you considered reprinting using Amazons On Demand where they can print one-off's per order? That's a great feature but the costs can be a bit higher to the consumer.
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dado7

California, USA

farhad wrote:


When it comes to books, I am def 'old school'. I love the feel of holding a book in my hand and turning those pages one by one and being able to smell those pages that were created decades earlier. It's weird and words cannot explain the feeling very well, but that's just me.


I feel that way about several things, but books are not one of them. After using an e-reader, I became aware of several things that I had either not payed attention to previously or had thought of as stuff you just had to put up with.

Holding a book open strains my wrists.

Hardcovers become too heavy over long periods, forcing me to read either at poor viewing angles or in awkward positions when I have to rest the book on a surface

Turing pages takes quite a bit of time - not just the mechanical action, but the breaks in concentration.

E-Ink is much easier on the eyes than 90% of printed material - especially glossy mag stock and paper-backs

The lack of hand fatigue, lack of eye strain, the more efficient method of advancing the text make reading much faster and less 'arduous'. I get through books in at least 2/3rds the time, plus I read more books now than I ever have.

Vinyl records, vacuum tubes and magnetic coupling remain the best music reproduction tools, and wool and linen are still the best materials to sleep under, and the only tool that will make five o'clock late for his appointment every time is a straight razor, but E-Ink readers really are honest to goodness improvements over bound paper in every way, except maybe how impressive they look on your shelf


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AndyMitch

Great option Fred
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Mr. Strong

dado7 wrote:
farhad wrote:


When it comes to books, I am def 'old school'. I love the feel of holding a book in my hand and turning those pages one by one and being able to smell those pages that were created decades earlier. It's weird and words cannot explain the feeling very well, but that's just me.

I feel that way about several things, but books are not one of them. After using an e-reader, I became aware of several things that I had either not payed attention to previously or had thought of as stuff you just had to put up with.

Holding a book open strains my wrists.

Hardcovers become too heavy over long periods, forcing me to read either at poor viewing angles or in awkward positions when I have to rest the book on a surface

Turing pages takes quite a bit of time - not just the mechanical action, but the breaks in concentration.

E-Ink is much easier on the eyes than 90% of printed material - especially glossy mag stock and paper-backs

The lack of hand fatigue, lack of eye strain, the more efficient method of advancing the text make reading much faster and less 'arduous'. I get through books in at least 2/3rds the time, plus I read more books now than I ever have.

Vinyl records, vacuum tubes and magnetic coupling remain the best music reproduction tools, and wool and linen are still the best materials to sleep under, and the only tool that will make five o'clock late for his appointment every time is a straight razor, but E-Ink readers really are honest to goodness improvements over bound paper in every way, except maybe how impressive they look on your shelf






Sounds like you need to strengthen your arms if holding a book tires them.

I find reading the words in books easier than that of various screens.

Reading a book is like a journey, turning the pages is a step taken on that journey.

I don't want to read books faster, want to take it slow and savour the experience.
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Acerimmer1

I just had a thought. Maybe it will happen like this.

Kindle and similar ebook readers will introduce an anti piracy system based on some sort of ID number like an ISPN (assuming they didn't already).

Any reader that doesn't use this system will be therefore at some point ruled in breach of some new copywright legislation (a hack tool).

Physical books will be outlawed since we now have ebooks and the manufacture and delivery of ebooks is a drain on the environment and the planets resources.

Finally books they don't like will be denied an ISPN. And they will have a record of all the books you read that were even a bit politically edgey.
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Hitit

Acerimmer1 wrote:
I just had a thought. Maybe it will happen like this.

Kindle and similar ebook readers will introduce an anti piracy system based on some sort of ID number like an ISPN (assuming they didn't already).

Any reader that doesn't use this system will be therefore at some point ruled in breach of some new copywright legislation (a hack tool).

Physical books will be outlawed since we now have ebooks and the manufacture and delivery of ebooks is a drain on the environment and the planets resources.

Finally books they don't like will be denied an ISPN. And they will have a record of all the books you read that were even a bit politically edgey.


Yikes, what an imagination.
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dado7

California, USA

Hitit wrote:
Acerimmer1 wrote:
I just had a thought. Maybe it will happen like this.

Kindle and similar ebook readers will introduce an anti piracy system based on some sort of ID number like an ISPN (assuming they didn't already).

Any reader that doesn't use this system will be therefore at some point ruled in breach of some new copywright legislation (a hack tool).

Physical books will be outlawed since we now have ebooks and the manufacture and delivery of ebooks is a drain on the environment and the planets resources.

Finally books they don't like will be denied an ISPN. And they will have a record of all the books you read that were even a bit politically edgey.

Yikes, what an imagination.



We've had the Lacey Act for over 100 years now - that it would be applied to 'paper' book manufacturers is not that far fetched. Just ask Gibson Guitar. Hell, the history of RICO application is a tragicomic slide presentation of federal prosecutorial over-reach.

Ugh....I feel a rant coming on......must fight urge to continue typing examples of tyrannically mis-applied statutes....
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