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Answers To Our Most

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an E-book?

A: An E-book (short for electronic book), also known as a digital book, is an E-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes restricted with a digital rights management system. An E-book, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary of English, is “an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose”. E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as E-readers or e-book devices. Personal computers and some cell phones can also be used to read E-books.

Q: What is a Literary Agent?

A: One who acts on behalf of the author to find a publisher for a written or proposed manuscript and who handles the subsequent subsidiary rights not acquired by the publisher; sometimes called an author’s agent or author’s representative. Also one who acts on behalf of publishers to find special types of material or authors to develop that material.  

Q: Does my book need an ISBN number?

A: Every book needs an ISBN number. It is a unique way to identify each book and every binding option has its own ISBN number. Having an ISBN number allows for an easier way to track inventory of the book and keep records of exactly how many are sold.

Q: What is an LCCN number?

A: A Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to titles most likely to be acquired by the Library of Congress. Librarians also use the LCCN to obtain information on book titles.

Q: What types of documents do you publish?

A: Whispering Pine Press International, Inc. maintains a focus of family-oriented books such as children’s fiction and nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, family heritage books, and cookbooks. We also publish employee manuals, administrative procedure handbooks, and other training materials.

Q: In what direction do you see the publishing industry heading at this time?

A: The popularity of electronic books (E-books) is rising. E-books allow for a reader to have 1000s of books at their fingertips at any given time. It is a much cheaper way to produce a book because there are no trees to cut down, no ink to worry about, and e-books are much simpler to distribute.

In children’s literature we see the publishing industry heading towards creating e-books for children. Children are growing up more accustomed to reading words on a screen than on paper. A classic story will be passed down from generation to generation, but now there are more exciting tools to keep children interested including videos and interactive text.