Author turns to eBooks
Council to launch new platform
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.
WELL TRAVELLED: Author Gerard Castles on one of his adventures.