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TED Conferences, through its original online videos “The TED Talks”, has become known as a platform for discussions on innovative ideas. Recently, they have launched an ebook series known as TED Books. The goal of the non-profit organization remains the same – spread great ideas and foster discussions around them.

TED Books are short electronic books that will be released every two weeks. The length of the books has been designed for quick consumption – of about 10,000-15,000 words and most can be read in a single sitting. TED calls them ‘mind grenades’ and they are meant to be direct, informative, and persuasive. The eBooks are also designed to give full expression to an idea with images, audio, video, social features, and other resources.

The TED Books are available for the Kindle and Nook platform and at the iBookstore. To cater to the iOS crowd, a new application has also been launched. The TED Books application is a free download from iTunes and gives you the full multimedia experience on your Apple device which may not be available on the Kindle, iBook and Nook versions.

With the new TED Books application, you can also save on your subscription cost. Each eBook separately is $2.99 each on the platforms. With the TED Books App, you can subscribe for three months at $14.99 and receive six books for the price of five.

Now, you tell us if it’s really an idea worth spreading.

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Source: TED Books

  1. MUO Fan
    July 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Are these going to be released as regular books, i.e. in a printed anthology? Call me old-fashioned, but I don't like ebooks, have never liked ebooks, and refuse to get an ebook machine. But I do enjoy the Ted videos, and would like to see these articles released in print -- a bound, hard-copy version would look great on my shelf next to "Imagine," "The Tools" and "Blink." :-)

    • Saikat Basu
      July 30, 2012 at 2:04 am

      The ebooks have multimedia links, so it would be difficult to convert those into physical books. I don't think they have any plans as such.

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