Au­thor turns to eBooks

Coun­cil to launch new plat­form

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Hi­lary Ruthven

PA­PER­BACK li­brary books aren’t what they used to be, with the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil in­tro­duc­ing a dig­i­tal eBook plat­form for mem­bers to ac­cess lo­cal au­thors books.

The new plat­form set up by Coun­cil Ac­qui­si­tion of­fi­cer Lau­rel Henry aims to ben­e­fit lo­cal au­thors across the Coast.

Ma­roochy­dore res­i­dent Gerard Cas­tles was one of those au­thors to put his hand up first and sub­mit his three eBooks about travel, health and life­style on to it.

Mr Cas­tles said his book, Trav­el­ling in A Chang­ing World, wasn’t like any other in the genre be­cause it noted var­i­ous cli­mate and so­cial changes across the globe.

“It’s not like a nor­mal travel book as it records changes in the world in dif­fer­ent places that I’ve revisited,” he said.

“So this could be peo­ple’s life­style, the ur­ban area en­croach­ing into the farm­land and the cut­ting down of the rain­forests.

“It started off when I trav­elled I kept metic­u­lous diaries of what I saw and peo­ple’s changes over the decades.

“In this case it be­came very handy, be­cause I started writ­ing a book from it.”

Since mov­ing to the Sun­shine Coast eight years ago to care for his mother, Mr Cas­tles said the book Car­ers Com­pan­ion de­vel­oped af­ter hear­ing ter­ri­ble sto­ries from oth­ers in the in­dus­try.

Mr Cas­tles said he wanted to write an uplift­ing and re­source­ful book for other car­ers to read.

“I used to go to car­ers meet­ings, and I would hear some hor­ren­dous sto­ries,” he said.

“So I thought to my­self there must be some hu­mour in there some­where.

“So I did two years of re­search with fel­low car­ers and col­lected enough hu­mor­ous re­lated sto­ries that I in­cluded in this book, plus a lot of other re­ally use­ful in­for­ma­tion.”

Mr Cas­tles said hav­ing his books on the plat­form meant “quite a lot” and would help raise his, and other lo­cal au­thors’, pro­files on the Sun­shine Coast, as well as ac­cu­rately ed­u­cate read­ers about global is­sues.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

WELL TRAV­ELLED: Au­thor Gerard Cas­tles on one of his ad­ven­tures.

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