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Topic: The OFFICIAL 2012 Café E-Book of the Year Award Thread
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Dec 31, 2012 05:47AM)
Well, I have wanted to do this for some time. As many of you know, we have had the Book of the Year Award for a number of years. I have opened that thread today so get voting there! But you know, the face of publishing is changing in magic and publishing in general with Kindle, Apps, and other electronic means of information dissemination and retrieval. Moreover, I find no logical reason to privilege physical books over e-books. The past few years have seen a plethora of great e-books from some of the best in the business. It's well past time to recognize these works and these authors!

Here are the ground rules:

1. The e-book must have a 2012 copyright or publication date clearly visible
2. E-books from L&L Publishing do NOT count in the voting process. I realize that this may seem obvious, but I felt it important to include this rule to clear up any confusion. The e-book may have been produced this year as such, but in L&L's case, these are e-books that were previously published as physical books.
3. E-books from Lybrary.com and any other online sellers must have a 2012 publication date or 2012 copyright. Again, it's obvious, but,necessary to diminish any confusion.
4. Café members must have at least 50 posts to vote. Please understand that I am not implying that members with fewer than 50 posts know less about magic. Rather, I want to avoid or at least diminish ghost or troll votes.
5. There are no nominations as such. The e-book you name IS your vote.
6. I have thought about digital download videos and since they are included in this section, for the purposes of the award, they DO count. I would ask however that if a product was released both as a physical DVD and a digital download that you not vote for the product. Perhaps one of you may want to do a DVD of the Year Award.
7. IMPORTANT: In keeping with Café rules, any member who has an e-book being voted on who is banned from the Café will not be eligible to win. This is Café policy. Please consult the Café rules that we all agreed to when joining. If you still have an issue, please take it up with the admins. I am not an admin.

Authors work hard to further the art no matter the medium and while the award carries no "prize" it is nonetheless an important informational resource as well as recognition for the hard work of these authors. In that sense, every e-book is a winner.

Voting begins today 31 December and ends 31 January 2013.

Have fun!!

Vlad
Message: Posted by: BMWGuy (Dec 31, 2012 05:24PM)
Myke Phillips MANUS
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 31, 2012 07:15PM)
"The Triskadequadra Principle" by John Hostler. Reason: A math principle that is actually new. You don't get that every day.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 1, 2013 05:29AM)
Happy to see a couple of votes thus far. Come on folks, this is a chance to raise awareness of e-books and end the privileging of of certain forms of media over others. I have not read the book Chris voted for, but note his words. I could start a whole thread on amazing discoveries I have found in e-books.

I really hope that this award can take off!
Message: Posted by: Michael Daniels (Jan 1, 2013 06:45AM)
Chris Wasshuber - MAGICIAN’S DIY Tips & Tricks.

Mike
Message: Posted by: jhostler (Jan 1, 2013 10:37AM)
[quote]
On 2012-12-31 20:15, Chris wrote:
"The Triskadequadra Principle" by John Hostler. Reason: A math principle that is actually new. You don't get that every day.
[/quote]

Thanks for the kind words, Chris! I happen to prefer Cryptical Envelopment, but still wear my Triska battle scars - bags under eyes, recurring headaches, dazed/confused appearance, etc. - with great pride.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 1, 2013 03:00PM)
Keep the votes coming please folks! I am maintaining a bit more of an active presence here in terms of posting because I really would like to see the E-book Award share the same importance as the Book of the Year.

Even Chris Wasshuber the man himself, purveyor of e-books and diminisher of my bank account has voted! :)
Message: Posted by: Chris (Jan 1, 2013 07:39PM)
Yeah, I guess with that vote I upset about 200 of my other authors but hey, such is life :-) Kidding aside, I know for a fact that there are several ebooks worthy to be called 'Ebook of the Year'. I am curious where this will go.
Message: Posted by: AZVP (Jan 1, 2013 08:58PM)
"Number 2" by Joe Kispokis.

Awesome stuff! I use it every day.
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Jan 2, 2013 08:29AM)
Kapow by Cameron Francis and Liam Montier. Lots of good card magic
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jan 2, 2013 11:27AM)
'Artifice, Ruse, & Erdnase' by Hurt McDermott. Available from Lybrary.com - and possibly the best word on Erdnas we may ever have.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jan 2, 2013 09:15PM)
My pick would be "Mind Blasters USA".
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 5, 2013 08:34AM)
I have read glowing reviews of e-books over the past few years and I wrote a few myself. Looking over this section I see a TON of new e-books being discussed/mentioned. Yet only seven votes cast? Come on people, let's work to rid e-books of the ugly stepchild status that tenaciously clings to them!! :)

Best,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Jan 5, 2013 11:08AM)
I don't want to offend friends whose books I might have bought but haven't included here, but I'll restrict my votes for eBooks from which contained information that I actually used in paid gigs:

Looch's 4.8 and SAD Night
Bill Cushman's Dr. Bill's Bend

I used the material from all three of these eBooks.

I also really enjoyed McBride/Haas's The Show Doctor and hope that it paves the way for more truly well designed multimedia eBooks.

Honourable Mention: Elliott Bressler's Switchcraft CONTINUES to deliver the best value in an magic publication EVER.
Message: Posted by: Funnybaldbloke (Jan 5, 2013 11:15AM)
The Prodigal by Atlas Brookings.

A thorough look at an old principle and well worth every penny.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 5, 2013 02:15PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-05 12:08, dmoses wrote:
I don't want to offend friends whose books I might have bought but haven't included here, but I'll restrict my votes for eBooks from which contained information that I actually used in paid gigs:

Looch's 4.8 and SAD Night
Bill Cushman's Dr. Bill's Bend

I used the material from all three of these eBooks.

I also really enjoyed McBride/Haas's The Show Doctor and hope that it paves the way for more truly well designed multimedia eBooks.

Honourable Mention: Elliott Bressler's Switchcraft CONTINUES to deliver the best value in an magic publication EVER.
[/quote]

Hi dmoses,

Thanks for participating. Of the three is Looch's 4.8 your number one vote?

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Jan 5, 2013 10:20PM)
Sure. I just Rock, Paper, Scissored myself and Looch won.

d
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Jan 5, 2013 10:41PM)
I'll vote for John Guastaferro's "Ready, Set Guastaferro."
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 6, 2013 01:36PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-05 23:20, dmoses wrote:
Sure. I just Rock, Paper, Scissored myself and Looch won.

d
[/quote]

Nice!! :)
Message: Posted by: tpratt38 (Jan 8, 2013 04:49PM)
Logar Scrolls-Bryn Reynolds
Message: Posted by: Angel1998 (Jan 8, 2013 11:49PM)
Steven Youell's The Stanley Collins Force is my choice ;)
I always use this when my Classic Force is broken !
Message: Posted by: Dave Nic (Jan 9, 2013 07:01AM)
The Portugal Notes - Peter Turner
Message: Posted by: Myke Phillips (Jan 9, 2013 12:23PM)
Pulse Rate by Matt Mello

Myke
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 10, 2013 06:03AM)
Thursday update:

MANUS - Mike Phillips

The Triskadequadra Principle by John Hostler

Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks - Chris Wasshuber

Kapow - Cameron Francis and Liam Montier

Artifice, Ruse, & Erdnase - Hurt McDermott

Mind Blasters USA - Peter Duffie

The Prodigal by Atlas Brookings

4.8 Lecture Notes - Looch

Ready, Set, Guastaferro by John Guastaferro

Logar Scrolls by Bryn Reynolds

The Stanley Collins Force - Steven Youell

The Portugal Notes - Peter Turner

Pulse Rate - Matt Mello


One e-book was voted for but I cannot count the vote because the minimum number of posts to vote had not been met.

21 days left for voting!

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: muse (Jan 10, 2013 03:04PM)
One ebook I enjoyed a lot (and that has a 2012 date on it although it was previously published in print as I understand it) is Paul Hallas' "Across the Void". The contents look only at 'cards across' types of tricks, giving an impressive history of the effect and the thinking behind different variations. It's a thoughtful and well-written text (with a number of illustrations), and describes the working of a number of tricks, which are put in the wider context of the time in which they were constructed. There are thoughts on the use (or not) of envelopes, the optimum number of cards that travel, the distance the spectators see them traverse etc etc. A very interesting read, not one that sets out to knock your socks off, but it gives a good background and understanding of the options to consider when doing this type of trick. So I'll give it my vote.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jan 10, 2013 11:34PM)
Nominations are closed already? Then I'll make my not-so-secret ballot by voting for Artifice, Ruse, and Erdnase.


(Or was that Artie's Face, Rose, and Burned Nose?)

*jeep! & Gid Bless!
---Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 11, 2013 05:27AM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-11 00:34, mormonyoyoman wrote:
Nominations are closed already? Then I'll make my not-so-secret ballot by voting for Artifice, Ruse, and Erdnase.


(Or was that Artie's Face, Rose, and Burned Nose?)

*jeep! & Gid Bless!
---Grandpa Chet
[/quote]

Hi Chet,

If you check point 5 of the original post, you will see that your nomination is your vote good sir. :) The voting ends on 31 January.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 11, 2013 06:23AM)
Hi wizards, warlocks, and ne'er do wells! (I fall into the third category). A few PMs and a question here from our esteemed Chet has prompted me to post the groundrules again for the voting. As this is the inaugural year for an award in the e-books/downloads section of The Café, I suspected that this would need a bit more TLC. A respected member was unclear on the post count requirement put in place and before I paste in the ground rules, I think I need to reiterate why a 50 post minimum was established for this award and the book of year award.

Last year's book of the year award was derailed by troll votes and a misunderstanding of Café rules as they apply to banned members. Two of the authors in last year's running were banned during the course of the voting for reasons that had nothing to do with the voting. Café rules state that no banned member may benefit from any sort of promotion from The Café. The admins informed me that the awards are indeed a form of promotion. It makes sense because The Café is to my knowledge the largest online magic forum and as such, can be a quite a beneficial thing to state that The Café voted one's book as the best of the year. The banning of the first member had touched off a wave of troll votes and the banning of the second resulted in a lot of insults - mostly leveled at me! Now, I am not one to back down from a fight but this V.I.P. was NASTY; he blamed me for Café regulations even though I clearly stated that I have no official connection to The Café. To this day, this second member has never apologized even though he has my personal infornation, so, I speak with my wallet and will not buy anything bearing his name. I do these awards out of love for the art. But last year taught me the proverbial shooting of the messenger lesson. It's a pity that I had to close the award last year. It pained me not to be able to name Woody Aragon's A Book in English as the winner - which it was. But, the hue and cry from the trolls and the sudden flood of both books prevented me from being able to name the winner. I would not want Senor Aragon to feel insulted.

Now, all of that being said, it really was a difficult decision for me to impose the 50 post requirement. I do not judge a person's knowledge of magic, mentalism, or the other arts by the number of posts. I lurked on this forum for three years before joining and I remember how strange it felt for those first 50 posts when the appellation "New User" accompanies one's name. I have learned an amazing amount of information from folks with three posts! But, for the sake of these awards, I simply did not want to deal with feeding trolls who frankly I think should just either starve or go do something like collecting rusted and opened tins of Green Giant veggies from the 1950s. :P

So here again are the groundrules:

1. The e-book must have a 2012 copyright or publication date clearly visible
2. E-books from L&L Publishing do NOT count in the voting process. I realize that this may seem obvious, but I felt it important to include this rule to clear up any confusion. The e-book may have been produced this year as such, but in L&L's case, these are e-books that were previously published as physical books.
3. E-books from Lybrary.com and any other online sellers must have a 2012 publication date or 2012 copyright. Again, it's obvious, but,necessary to diminish any confusion.
4. Café members must have at least 50 posts to vote. Please understand that I am not implying that members with fewer than 50 posts know less about magic. Rather, I want to avoid or at least diminish ghost or troll votes.
5. There are no nominations as such. The e-book you name IS your vote.
6. I have thought about digital download videos and since they are included in this section, for the purposes of the award, they DO count. I would ask however that if a product was released both as a physical DVD and a digital download that you not vote for the product. Perhaps one of you may want to do a DVD of the Year Award.
7. IMPORTANT: In keeping with Café rules, any member who has an e-book being voted on who is banned from the Café will not be eligible to win. This is Café policy. Please consult the Café rules that we all agreed to when joining. If you still have an issue, please take it up with the admins. I am not an admin.

Authors work hard to further the art no matter the medium and while the award carries no "prize" it is nonetheless an important informational resource as well as recognition for the hard work of these authors. In that sense, every e-book is a winner.

Voting begins today 31 December and ends 31 January 2013.

Namaste,
Vlad

PS: The next update will be 17 January - keep the votes coming!
Message: Posted by: Michael Daniels (Jan 12, 2013 03:41AM)
Hi Vlad. This is a great idea. Thanks for your efforts. Your rules seem very sensible to me, though I'm not so sure about #6. What will the award be called if we include video downloads? I'd prefer the category to be just ebooks, or there could be two awards - one for ebooks and one for video downloads.

Mike
Message: Posted by: Damian (Jan 12, 2013 11:37AM)
I vote for The Show Doctor by Jeff McBride and Lawrence Hass. The content is important and relevant to magicians of any level, and the format sets the standard for magic ebooks.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 12, 2013 01:39PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-12 04:41, Michael Daniels wrote:
Hi Vlad. This is a great idea. Thanks for your efforts. Your rules seem very sensible to me, though I'm not so sure about #6. What will the award be called if we include video downloads? I'd prefer the category to be just ebooks, or there could be two awards - one for ebooks and one for video downloads.

Mike
[/quote]

Hi Michael,

Thank you for the kind words. This is the first year that The Café has had an e-book of the year award. I am also doing the Book of Year Award in addition to this one. I thought that for this inaugural year since downloads are part of this section to put them together since more and more e-books are including video downloads.

For the 2013 award perhaps we can do it differently or I could get a volunteer to help with the award. I appreciate your contributing ideas as this particular award is in its infancy. I would really like to see the day when e-bboks are not seen as the unwanted purple and green haired weak stepchild of physical books.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: muse (Jan 12, 2013 02:27PM)
If we get about 50 different ebooks with one vote each - would they all share the award?
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 13, 2013 09:29AM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-12 15:27, muse wrote:
If we get about 50 different ebooks with one vote each - would they all share the award?
[/quote]

Nice question Muse! I sort of suspected that there wouldn't be a runaway winner this year since the idea of an e-book award is so new and the number of e-books published in any given year always and obviously surpasses the number of physical books published. What I am hoping for is the raising of awareness of the informational value of e-books. Peter Duffie, one of magic's greatest creators really pioneered the magic e-book and they are among the best reading I have ever done and that includes physical books. The same holds true for material by Cameron Francis, Liam Montier, Dan Harlan, and many more. If we do not have a clear winner this year, then perhaps some brainstorming is in order for the next go around. Perhaps the the most fundamental issue to deal with is how to create an award in a publishing area that is so prolific. Many of us have Lybrary.com accounts and it's so very easy to go there and end up buying five things when you wanted just one!

What I may do is consult with Chris Wasshuber and Peter Duffie for their thoughts after this particular thread is ended omn 31 January as well as begin a thread in February that would be a year long conversation in which all of us can provide suggestions to make the award more focused.

I will say that if anything, I feel that this award thread has at least collected a nice list for other magicians and mentalists to consult and that success is due to all of you!

So, every journey begins with the first step and this step is a bit of a stumble, but, it hasn't faltered. :)

Thanks again Muse, your posts and your thoughts are always well considered.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: rasp (Jan 13, 2013 05:05PM)
Please can someone help.

Yesterday I stumbled upon an Ebook which I was interested in purchasing, however I did not have the time to purchase it, and so bookmarked
the site or so I thought. I cannot find the site or remember the name of the ebook, the following are all I remember......

Price was 25pounds sterling

There was a link to 'The Wizard Product Review' and the guys gave it about 86%

One effect was to have a person look at a list of songs and concentrate on one, the performer would know which and start humming the tune.

Another was to have a person think of someone they know who they had not heard from for a while. Borrow their phone and the phone would ring, it
is the person they are thinking of that is calling.

The only other I can remember was a book test that the guys at Wizard Product Review really raved about.

I know that's not a lot to go on, but does anyone have this.

Thanks in advance,

Ian.
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Jan 13, 2013 06:00PM)
I think it's this:

http://www.deechristopher.co.uk/collections/dee-christopher-products/products/120-chestosterone
Message: Posted by: rasp (Jan 13, 2013 07:21PM)
WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!

Thanks Bugjack, that is indeed the one. Has been driving me crazy all day trying to find it.

Ian.
Message: Posted by: Demitri (Jan 14, 2013 12:22AM)
Looch's 4.8 and sad night Ebooks are both top notch. If only one vote counts, I have to go with sad night in hamburg
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Jan 14, 2013 03:58PM)
Dern it Demirtri if you chose 4.8 I would have put us in the lead!

d
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 15, 2013 07:31AM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-13 18:05, rasp wrote:
Please can someone help.

Yesterday I stumbled upon an Ebook which I was interested in purchasing, however I did not have the time to purchase it, and so bookmarked
the site or so I thought. I cannot find the site or remember the name of the ebook, the following are all I remember......

Price was 25pounds sterling

There was a link to 'The Wizard Product Review' and the guys gave it about 86%

One effect was to have a person look at a list of songs and concentrate on one, the performer would know which and start humming the tune.

Another was to have a person think of someone they know who they had not heard from for a while. Borrow their phone and the phone would ring, it
is the person they are thinking of that is calling.

The only other I can remember was a book test that the guys at Wizard Product Review really raved about.

I know that's not a lot to go on, but does anyone have this.

Thanks in advance,

Ian.
[/quote]

I purchased this recently and I love "Zodiac." It reminds me a lot of Simon Aronson's "Simon-Eyes." That said, would anybody who has performed the music experiment PM me with your experiences with it? Maybe because I am also a musician I found the routine iffy in terms of doing the experiment for another musician or a music history savvy spectator. I don't want to explain further in this open forum for fear of exposing the method.

I will HASTILY add that this e-book is excellent (remember I am not voting) and contains some really hard hitting pure mentalism experiments. I just feel a bit uneasy about the music experiment.

Namaste,
Vlad

PS: I hope that you mentalists noted that even though I am primarily a magician - and horror of horrors mostly a card guy - I did use the proper terminology "experiment" as opposed to the more magician oriented term "effect." :) Donations are enthusiastically accepted from those wishing to reward me for avoiding such a gaff. ;)
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 17, 2013 09:10AM)
Thursday update:
MANUS - Mike Phillips

The Triskadequadra Principle by John Hostler

Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks - Chris Wasshuber

Kapow - Cameron Francis and Liam Montier

Mind Blasters USA - Peter Duffie

The Prodigal by Atlas Brookings

4.8 Lecture Notes - Looch

Ready, Set, Guastaferro by John Guastaferro

Logar Scrolls by Bryn Reynolds

The Stanley Collins Force - Steven Youell

The Portugal Notes - Peter Turner

Pulse Rate - Matt Mello

Across the Void by Paul Hallas

The Show Doctor by Jeff McBride and Dr. Lawrence Hass

Sad Night in Hamburg by Looch

A couple of notes:

Chet: Artifice, Ruse, and Erdnase I could only locate as a physical book http://www.magicbookshop.com/product_info.php?products_id=16507. So if you want your vote to count here, I need a link that shows it is an e-book. Otherwise, please vote for this in the Book of the Year Award thread?

Muse: I decided to count the Hallas e-book since you stated it does have a 2012 copyright/imprint on it. I suspect that Paul may have revised Across the Void since its original priniting. I do not have the physical book to compare. So, unless I learn other wise, the vote will count. If it is a reprint, then it would not count because it would be like counting an L&L reprint. I will PM Paul Hallas for clarification.

Well folks, no front runner, but one author leading! Still, I hope that this thread is proving valuable to you - I know it has for me and I suspect that Chris Wasshuber as well as the authors whose e-books he does not carry will be getting some of my money - one already has in fact.

Next update is Thursday 24 January.
Message: Posted by: muse (Jan 17, 2013 11:18AM)
Fair enough Vlad
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 18, 2013 03:52PM)
Muse, Across the Void DOES count.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: Uli Weigel (Jan 18, 2013 07:07PM)
Across the Void? Really? My copy says 2005. Does an ebook "reprint" count as new? But L&L ebooks are not allowed? Another special rule I guess.
Message: Posted by: JH5magic (Jan 18, 2013 11:51PM)
Although I don't have the 50 posts to earn me a vote, I am anxiously looking forward to see what my fellow members are recommending. I am a self confessed book and e-book addict! I've already enjoyed hearing about some titles with which I am unfamiliar. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 25, 2013 05:24AM)
No changes since the last update.

Chet, I still need verification at least for informational purposes regarding the Erdnase book as an e-book. As stated previously, my research shows it is available only an a physical book.

To Uli, PM me if you wish discuss my reasoning for allowing the Hallas book. This the is sescond time you have gone after me man and I have no idea why nor do I like it. I offered an apology in another thread to you BEFORE you posted your "complaint" here and you had not the grace to respond even though I apologized for firing back in a way unbefitting me as a person and the standards of this forum. Look Uli, I am doing this strictly out of love for the art. I get no pay, no NOTHING for this. Now, if you can do better, please be my guest and take over either award for next year. I am sick of being nailed by people for having to make judgment calls and for having to enforce Café rules re; your post in the Book of the Year thread.

To the rest of you, my deepest thanks for your support. It's heartening to know that most people realize I am trying my best to make this work.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: Uli Weigel (Jan 25, 2013 07:42AM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-25 06:24, Vlad_77 wrote:
To Uli, PM me if you wish discuss my reasoning for allowing the Hallas book.
[/quote]

I have no interest discussing things in private, which should be discussed right here in this thread where they belong. My questions above are perfectly legitimate. It's nothing personal, no reason to get upset.
Message: Posted by: Your Thinking Cap (Jan 25, 2013 09:30AM)
Cryptical Envelopement by John Hostler. It contains such a high concentration of awesome.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Jan 25, 2013 10:44AM)
Vlad, "Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase" by Hurt McDermott was simultaneously released as ebook and hardback (See http://www.lybrary.com/artifice-ruse-erdnase-p-151122.html ) Not sure if this makes it eligible in this ebook award, but in any case it is the best book I published to this date. (The only reason I did not nominate it myself is that I am not on an ego trip and excluded my own publications from my personal best-of list here.)
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 25, 2013 12:53PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-25 11:44, Chris wrote:
Vlad, "Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase" by Hurt McDermott was simultaneously released as ebook and hardback (See http://www.lybrary.com/artifice-ruse-erdnase-p-151122.html ) Not sure if this makes it eligible in this ebook award, but in any case it is the best book I published to this date. (The only reason I did not nominate it myself is that I am not on an ego trip and excluded my own publications from my personal best-of list here.)
[/quote]

Chris,

Thank you. When I did a search on the title a week or so ago Google returned the H&R site. Since this was simultaneously released as an e-book and a physical book, bearing a 2012 imprint, then it can count in either.

Uli Weigel: I have been thinking of many ways to answer you and here it is: I made a judgment call. I was informed in PM first about this e-book and it clearly bears a 2012 imprint/copyright. Now, I do not own the original physical book. The e-book however I was informed by a trusted source that it does have a 2012 copyright. I was also informed that it was a physical book previously. Now, the reason I made the judgment concerning the large vendors like L&L was because I did not want a ton of votes for all of their reprints as it would have been unfair especially to those who self publish. You know, I really am doing the best I can with these awards. Upset? No, I wanted to discuss this as gentlemen and I resent your implication here about my intentions regarding a PM. I will not apologize to you for that. And lastly, I am not doing this for any accolades. I have received so many PMs however thanking me for my efforts and you know what? It does make me smile, so if I was really upset, you would know it. I have long respected your opinions Uli.

Now, since you did not have the grace to reply to an apology I made to you weeks ago about a complaint you made regarding the Café's rules regarding voting on books written by banned members I will once again apologize for jumping on you so quickly - that was wrong of me. That said Uli Weigel, I stated clearly that I cannot change Café rules regarding that. I asked very nicely in both opening threads - here and in the physical book section - to please take the issue up with the Café admins. Instead you chose to make a statement in public about something which none of us can change. We signed on to this Café agreeing to abide by their rules and that is what I am doing. If you do not or cannot accept that that is what I am doing then I am sorry you feel that way.

Now, I will not apologize a third time. Either you will choose to accept an apology or not just as you will choose to question a judgment call I made or not.

Vlad
Message: Posted by: Uli Weigel (Jan 25, 2013 01:11PM)
Vlad, as I see it, there was and there is no reason for you to apologize for anything. But if you feel the need to apologize anyway, then be my guest. Apology accepted. :bg:
Message: Posted by: motown (Jan 26, 2013 07:56PM)
I'm surprised with so much more emphasis on ebooks, there hasn't been more votes cast.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 27, 2013 05:41AM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-26 20:56, motown wrote:
I'm surprised with so much more emphasis on ebooks, there hasn't been more votes cast.
[/quote]
As am I Motown! I wonder if it might be better to modify the conditions for next year's award. There are so many e-books that perhaps there needs to be a vetting process. This year was the inagural year and I learned a valuable lesson that handling this one is a far different type of beast than the Book of the Year.

Chris Wasshuber would be a great person for me to talk to after this award period is over. While others like Todd Karr for instance do publish e-books, Chris's Lybrary.com is far and away the largest repository of e-books and if anyone has substantive thoughts about how this award could succeed it would be Chris.

I really am pleased that some votes were cast though. I would like to remain optimistic that while this first year was a partial failure, I am hopeful that by next year, things will be a bit less nebulous and thus produce an experiment that has fully succeeded.

Ah well, there is merit in soldiering on methinks.
Message: Posted by: Michael Daniels (Jan 27, 2013 06:52AM)
Vlad - I wonder if it might have been better to allow people to vote for more than one ebook (e.g., top three) - it is so difficult choosing just one. A simple way to choose the overall winner could be to take the best average (median) rank.

Mike
Message: Posted by: Your Thinking Cap (Jan 28, 2013 05:07AM)
I cast my vote the other day and the list has yet to be updated.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 28, 2013 01:27PM)
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On 2013-01-28 06:07, Your Thinking Cap wrote:
I cast my vote the other day and the list has yet to be updated.
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That's because updates are done on Thursdays, and since this Thursday is the last day for voting, we will have your vote recorded and the end of the award for this year. Don't worry, I didn't forget about you. :)

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On 2013-01-27 07:52, Michael Daniels wrote:
Vlad - I wonder if it might have been better to allow people to vote for more than one ebook (e.g., top three) - it is so difficult choosing just one. A simple way to choose the overall winner could be to take the best average (median) rank.

Mike
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Mike,

That could very well work considering the number of e-books as you state. Certainly something for the next person to consider when doing the 2012 award. (Yes I DO hope we will have this again next year!)
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Jan 28, 2013 03:17PM)
I vote for The Boof by Liam Montier.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 30, 2013 09:02AM)
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On 2013-01-28 16:17, Jamie Ferguson wrote:
I vote for The Boof by Liam Montier.
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NICE call Jamie!!! This is simply a superb e-book and if I was voting, it would be the one to get mine. I really am a huge fan of Liam Montier, Dave Forrest, and Cameron Francis. Just curious Jamie, do you have Cardio from Liam Montier? I thought it was superb as well.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 30, 2013 08:45PM)
Well the inaugural year for the E-book of the Year for 2012 produced no winner. Do I consider it a failed experiment? Not in the least. The idea of this award and the physical book award is to recognize and thank authors for their hard work and also these awards serve as a resource for the rest of the community to look into resources missed.

I do hope it will be repeated next year but perhaps the mechanics need to change; it's something to think about.

First a big thank you to the authors who have enriched the art by their contributions.

Second, thank you everyone who participated!!

I want to send a special thank you to Chris Wasshuber who promoted the E-book of the Year Award in his newsletter.

This thread is closed and again, thank you all!

Namaste,
Vlad

PS: It is 31 January where I live ;)
Message: Posted by: Andrew M (Jan 31, 2013 03:54PM)
Thanks for running this Vlad. Even though it hasn't produced a clear winner it has still helped to highlight a short-list of titles that people think are good, and so particularly worthy of investigation by others.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jan 31, 2013 05:11PM)
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On 2013-01-31 16:54, Andrew M wrote:
Thanks for running this Vlad. Even though it hasn't produced a clear winner it has still helped to highlight a short-list of titles that people think are good, and so particularly worthy of investigation by others.
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Andrew, you really made my day with your post! I'm glad that you found it of some value :)

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Jan 31, 2013 06:15PM)
Yes, Vlad, thanks.

I large percentage of my purchases are digital these days... I had trouble narrowing it down to one item

See you next year,

dave
Message: Posted by: muse (Feb 1, 2013 09:09AM)
I'm glad there was no outright first place, if that had meant one ebook winning by virtue of having two votes and several others with one. If the point of a 'best of' exercise is to raise awareness of things that are worthy of attention, and not necessarily to applaud a particular winner, (and I believe that for this kind of forum-based award that is the case) then this has been a success. Thanks Vlad for the thought and effort you put into it.
Message: Posted by: Robert P. (Feb 1, 2013 10:20AM)
I want to echo what muse said and say thank you to Vlad for the effort that he put into this and the book of the year thread. I am hesitant to vote in these threads because if I do buy some books that year the amount that I buy (and get to read that year), I just don't think that I can give a fair assessment when there are others that I wasn't able to read. That being said, I really enjoy these threads and get some great recommendations from reading others thoughts on their selections.
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Feb 1, 2013 10:52AM)
Yep, thanks Vlad.

Appreciate it my friend.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Feb 2, 2013 06:08AM)
Thanks to all of YOU! You made it all worth it! :)

I am swirling around an idea that might bring morefocus to both this award and the other. It's especially suited to this award. The rough idea is to crate a two threads, essentially splitting everything in tw. So for example we would have nominations for a period of five months and each member can nominate three e-books or video downloads. Then we'll choose the top three vote getters. Then another round of nominations for another 5 months and agin a tally of the top three. These six would represent the resources to vote on for the award itself. Again it's only a rough idea and I have a few more but I'm not certain yet how to implement these others. In a month I will make thread about ideas I have for your consideration.

The e-book/downloads award is a double edged sword in that there are so many of them, but, unlike physical books, they are considerably less expensive and thus I would think less time would be needed to read/view them. Who knows? :)

Again thanks all! First steps are always the most difficult and the most exciting. All of you have made these first steps a lot easier. :)

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 4, 2013 09:33PM)
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On 2013-01-05 12:08, dmoses wrote:
I don't want to offend friends whose books I might have bought but haven't included here, but I'll restrict my votes for eBooks from which contained information that I actually used in paid gigs:

Looch's 4.8 and SAD Night
Bill Cushman's Dr. Bill's Bend

I used the material from all three of these eBooks.

I also really enjoyed McBride/Haas's The Show Doctor and hope that it paves the way for more truly well designed multimedia eBooks.

Honourable Mention: Elliott Bressler's Switchcraft CONTINUES to deliver the best value in an magic publication EVER.
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Thank you so much for the honorable mention!

Switchcraft did grow by 50 pages in 2012, including two routines, 5 billet switches, a center tear, and a large number of great billet tips.

(And I also released three supplements for Mind Blasters USA.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Paul (Feb 16, 2013 08:26AM)
Nice that 'Across The Void" got a mention, the e-book version contained a couple of extra references so was not an identical copy of the print version.

Paul.