About Michael B. Karbos books

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  • A giant succes in Europe
  • Bestsellers
  • Publishers wanted (in Italy, US, Canada, India, Australia, NZ, RSA)

    The SoftBooks

    I am the author of many bestselling computer books. Most of them are SoftBooks - a new format and a new concept in computer literature.

    These cheap, magazine-style booklets entered the market three years ago, and have made a great impact. There are currently over 350 titles in circulation in Denmark. The booklets are printed in tens of thousands using a web press, so they are very cheap to produce.

    The SoftBooks are sold through several different outlets, as well as through conventional bookstores. They are also distributed by distributors of monthly/biweekly magazines like PC Magazine, PC World and PC Shopper. This means that you also find them in such outlets as supermarkets, railway station kiosks and on news stands.

  • - a book, but as cheap as a magazine

    The booklets are sold at the same price as magazines (48.00 - 69,00 dkr, which is equivalent to about £4.00 - £6.00 or $6,00 - 8.00).

    Danish market research shows that the public wants a cheap and simple product. Below a certain price the customer buys on impulse - purchasing the booklet like any other magazine. Another aspect is the “feeling” of the cheaply printed soft-books. They are very unpretentious compared to traditional books, and this concept fits well to computer manuals to ever changing programs as Windows , Office, and Works. Who wants to pay 15-20 £ or $22.00 - 30.00 for a 500 pages heavy book, when you can have 98% of your needs fulfilled by buying a SoftBook?

    My SoftBooks are sized 185 X 255 mm. Within 80 pages, they hold just as much information as an ordinary book of 200 pages.

    Croatian edition

    Dutch edition

    Dutch edition


    The softbooks are selling in large numbers – my own titles (all called “Lær det selv”, meaning teach youself) on the Danish market have sold over 600,000 (to only 5 million Danes).

    The Danish publishers – IDG – started printing the booklets in 1995. As well as being a resounding success in Denmark, a good handful of my titles have been published in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Holland, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Lituania, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Tyrkie, Croatia and Latvia.

    Altogether more than 1.5 millions copies have been sold!
    The newest titles are:
  • HTML - teach your self
  • Photoshop - teach your self
  • Digital Imaging - teach your self
  • Homepages with FrontPage Express
  • Word 2000 - teach your self
  • Excel 2000 - teach your self
  • Windows 98 - teach your self PC & Windows - teach your self
  • Internet - teach your self
  • Homepages - teach your self
  • Windows 98 - teach your self
  • Get to know Internet with Windows 98

    All these titles are available in English translation for publishers interested.

  • Spanish edition

    Publishers Wanted

    Publishers in countries as USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India.

    My books sell extremely well in Scandinavia, and the concept of SoftBooks is a bestseller. We can offer SoftBooks ready to print - translated and edited by professional englishborn translaters. This means that a publisher does not have to be experienced in computer litterature. The most important issue is the distribution. You get the whole concept from us - ready to use.

    Please contact:

  • Michael B. Karbo
  • Peter Wiwe from IDG Forlag Denmark.

    See IDG Forlag's web in Danish and in English.

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