Classic Guides to California’s Destination Wineries Go Digital!
Back in 2010 I met and interviewed editor/publisher Tom Silberkleit of The California Directory of Fine Wineries at the now defunct Vino 100. Tom had come to the shop for a book signing and I came in about an hour ahead of time to meet with him. I was quite taken with his work and the story of our discussion can be read here.
How do you visit 1000+ California wineries in three days??
The Dilemma — Most wine tasting holidays last for only an extended weekend. With hundreds of wineries between California’s Central Coast (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles) and Northern California’s Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino wine country… where do you go? How do you choose? The biggest mistake visitors make is wasting precious time trying to navigate this vast maze of choices by themselves. But help is on the way…
Enter The California Directory of Fine Wineries e-book series — the latest release in the best-selling travel series from California wine travel insider Tom Silberkleit. Beginning April 7, both regional editions (Northern California and Central Coast) will be available in interactive e-book versions, optimized for tablets, yet able to be read on Smartphones too!
• The Writers – Professional travel writers K. Reka Badger, Cheryl Crabtree, and Marty Olmstead are at the top of their game, revealing winery back-stories and concise tools for quick and easy travel planning.
• The Photographer – World renowned for his artistry, veteran travel photographer Robert Holmes takes readers on a stunning visual expedition of each winery. He’s been named Travel Photographer of the Year a record three times by The Society of American Travel Writers.
• The Wine Travel Insider – Award-winning editor and publisher Tom Silberkleit has spent the past 15 years traveling the back roads of California searching out and selecting grand estates and elegant salons serving up the ultimate tasting room experience.
So grab your Kindle, Nook, or iPad, click on the Northern California or Central California edition of The California Directory of Fine Wineries, and let your California wine-venture begin!
Less than a year after signing contracts with Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Amazon to distribute a line of interactive e-books based on their best-selling The California Directory of Fine Wineries travel series, Sonoma-based book publisher Wine House Press will launch the new products on April 7, 2014.
“These e-books are geared toward a national audience of over 70 million Kindle, iPad, Android and iPhone users,” said Tom Silberkleit, long-time series editor and publisher for Wine House Press. “They are designed and optimized for tablets yet can also be read on Smartphones. We’re confident that users will find our e-books to be elegant, attractive and fully-functional.”
Now in its 11th year of publication, The California Directory of Fine Wineries travel series has two regional editions: Northern California 6th Edition (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino) and the California Central Coast 2nd Edition (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles). Praised for its inspiring photography and high production values, the series takes travelers on a visual expedition of the Golden State’s premiere destination wineries and tasting rooms—their inspired architecture, lavish salons, museum-quality art exhibitions, and magnificent gardens. Written by K. Reka Badger, Cheryl Crabtree, and Marty Olmstead with photographs by Robert Holmes, these books are designed to help readers sift out choice spots that make for quick and satisfying wine tasting get-a-ways.
Interactive touch-screen features for the e-books include:
•One-Touch Website & Email Hyperlinks – contact each winery directly •Keyword Search – find each winery’s unique specialty
•Onboard Dictionary – defines all unknown words
•Detailed Winery Maps – view onscreen OR download and print from the web •Bookmarks – save favorite pages
•Highlight Text – your choice of colors •Customize screens – font size and themes •Works on ALL handheld devices
The new e-books will be distributed nationally through the Perseus Books Group, LLC, and available online at the Amazon Kindle Store, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobobooks.com, and Apple’s iBookstore.
Prices vary by on-line distributor and can fluctuate. For Kindle via Amazon, the Northern California and Central Coast e-books will be priced at $11.49 each. Kobo will list them at $12.39 each. Barnes and Noble will offer the Northern California and Central Coast Nook e-books for $11.49 each. And the Apple versions for iPad and Mac will be $13.99 each.
For more information visit www.CaliforniaFineWineries.com or contact Wine House Press directly at 707-996-1741.