The 500 Book Mark


In the old days of paper books, we used to have something called a ‘book mark’ which we would stick into the book to remember where we stopped reading. Today, we celebrate another kind of book mark – this morning book number 500 was published on Ourboox and we are now on the way towards the next giant step in our growing library – book no. 1000.

In ten or twenty years, paper books (except perhaps, children’s books) will be obsolete. Book marks will become part of the collective nostalgia for things past. But if we look at the present and future, we see so many advantages to our digital platform.

Instead of waiting for years to find an agent and a publisher, you can start today and self-publish a sample chapter, story or entire book. For free.

Instead of taking years and losing thousands of dollars to self-publish and peddle a paper book, anyone can now upload a story or book in minutes or hours, and for free.

Instead of paying up to $1000 for a book cover, anyone can make their own book cover for one dollar, or for free (

Instead of paying thousands of dollars for an illustrator, one can team up with one, or upload photographs, stock photos, or pictures in the public domain.

Instead of sending books out by mail, you just share the url.

Further, the digital books at Ourboox are seen and read, head to tail, by search engines, and become noticed by people outside your social sphere. Some of these people might have an interest in sharing your book further, or may be agents or publishers themselves.

The more I publish on Ourboox, the more I learn about its potential and the ways that other technologies can mesh with it. For example, I can go to Youtube, caption one of my many interview videos or lectures, copy the caption text and turn it into a book. I can then embed the video in the book, and presto, I have another way of marketing both my interview and the video. To make Ran’s recent Tutorial Book, we just captioned the video, copied the entire caption text, and turned it into a book with the video embedded in the first page. Check it out at

If you need help with any of the steps, we are here to help: [email protected]

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Mel Rosenberg

About Mel Rosenberg

Mel Rosenberg couldn't make a living writing and giving away children’s books so to make ends meet he took on odd jobs as a professor of microbiology, inventor, jazz musician, singer and French toast cook. More recently he has teamed with Ran Shternin (and a whole bunch of wonderful volunteers) to create, an international community of writers and illustrators who make amazing books together using a unique platform.