Answers to the most frequently asked questions
What is a “bastion?”
Typical definitions for bastion include “a structure or place from which one can resist attack,” “a fortified area or position,” or, more technically, “a projecting part of a fortification.” Synonyms can include fort, castle, citadel, fortress, hold, stronghold, and redoubt. Connotations of unassailability may be assumed.
Angled bastions were often added to the corners of fortresses based on polygon or star shapes. Example:
One of Dr. Geisler’s favorite phrases from the Apostle Paul is “I am put here for the defense of the gospel. . .” (Phil. 1:3-15.) Bastion Books seeks to provide a defense of the gospel, the Word of God, and the knowledge of God.
Why Bastion Books?
Many appreciators of Dr. Geisler’s books have asked for more e-books. Putting out e-books should help keep costs and prices lower and make Dr. Geisler’s work more readily available. It should make publishing and distribution more fluid and flexible. We’ll probably eventually also distribute Dr. Geisler’s eBooks through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other well-known vectors in the future but if you purchase the eBooks here, there should be some advantage. Here you may have the option to downloads minor revisions of books that you’ve already purchased for free. And you may be able to benefit here from discounts on major revisions of books you’ve already purchased.
I purchased some e-books. How do I download them?
On the home page of bastionbooks.com, select the link for “My Account” and then select “View Order” from the menu as seen below. . .
You may have to log in with your username and password. . .
Then you should be able to see all the e-books you have purchased.
If that doesn’t work, email dr.normangeisler[at]outlook[dot]com for help.
Who may publish e-books here?
At the present time, only Dr. Geisler and various co-authors will be distributing e-books on this site.
What exceptions does the e-book purchaser have to the copyright limitations?
For the sake of keeping costs low and hassle low, our e-books are not protected with DRM (data rights management). We know that the internet is arguably a global culture of sharing (both legally and illegally) and we know that it’s very easy for anyone to redistribute our e-books. We also realize that copyright laws are confusing to many. The fact is that Dr. Geisler’s e-books are copyrighted by law and, since that’s a good thing, we post the notice in the e-books as follows:
Copyright © 2012 Norman L. Geisler. All rights reserved.
In every e-book we explain what that means and then we grant additional rights that Dr. Geisler is giving with his e-books to the legal holder of the e-book. The explanation is as follows:
No portion of this e-book may legally be copied, reproduced or transmitted in any form and by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, digital or analog recordings, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Norman L. Geisler or Bastion Books. However, the following rights are hereby granted only for the legal owner of this e-book: (1) You may store a copy of this e-book file may be stored in safe and unshared location as a backup in case the original is lost to electronics malfunction or theft. (2) You may place a copy of this e-book file on two electronic devices that you own. (3) The purchaser of this e-book may print one paper hard copy and replace that hard copy when it is discarded due to wear, lost, or stolen. (4) Properly attributed quotations of 100 words or less with clear citations is considered “fair use.” (5) Pastors and teachers may purchase one copy of the e-book and share it in digital form with their students so long as this e-book is being used as a primary text book and no financial profits are made. Redistribution of this e-book beyond these limits could result in legal action. Other requests regarding the use of this material may be made by postal mail or by emailing Permissions[at]BastionBooks[dot]com or Dr.NormanGeisler[at]outlook[dot]com.
Why are your eBooks so inexpensive?
Some have suggested that we should charge a higher price for such high quality intellectual property. We want to break with the trend that says good information has to be expensive. One of the great things about e-books is that costs can be kept very low. Dr. Geisler started Bastion Books in the hope of making his writings more available to everyone. For now we’re aiming at roughly 2 cents per page.
May I Request Free eBooks?
It never hurts to ask. If you live in a country outside of the USA and cannot purchase Dr. Geisler’s eBooks for whatever reason, please feel free to email us at…
… to ask for a free copy an eBook, provide us with a brief description of what you’d like to do with the eBook and who you’ll share it with, and we’ll probably agree to email it to you for free.
What can I read an e-book with?
There are dozens if not hundreds of eReaders available for countless devices. Some of the most popular eReader devices are the Kindle, the Nook, and the iPad. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-book or http://ebooklibrary.me/ereaders/ or http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/.
At first we’re going to offer e-books in PDF format. The PDF format seems to be the most versatile format. Most eReaders should be able to read it. In time we’ll hopefully we’ll also offer them in EPUB and MOBI/Kindle too. Since we’re keeping things as simple as possible, there is no guarantee that the .ePub and .Mobi file versions of the ebook will work perfectly in your preferred e-reading device.
If you’d like to read PDF e-books on your computer, perhaps download Adobe Digital Editions (http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/) or Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/). Windows 8 has its own PDF reader built in.
If you’d like to read e-books on your smart phone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, etc.) please search your appstore for a PDF reader.
We’re keeping it somewhat simple for now. In the future perhaps we’ll offer the books in ePub, .mobi/Kindle, and other formats as well. If you purchased a PDF eBook from us and we offer the same book it in other formats later, you should be able to download or request it for free.
If you’d like to volunteer some time and talent to BastionBooks.com (or NormanGeisler.net) there may be opportunity. We’re trying to keep costs as low as possible so we cannot offer any money as payment at this time. (But how does free eBooks sound?) If you’d like to invest some work because you believe the writing ministry of Dr. Geisler has some eternal value and should be heard by more people, please don’t be shy.
In particular we’d love to have translators translate the e-books into different languages. We’d also need bilingual people to check the translated e-books for fidelity and intelligibility. We could possibly work out a deal to provide the translator of the work with a percentage that the translation sells. (However, please note that we’d also like to get translated e-books out at very low prices.)
If you are good at taking books written in Microsoft Word 2013 format and converting them into various formats of e-books, we could use some help there.
If you’re a graphic artist who could make good cover pages for e-books or better logos and banners for websites, there may be opportunities there too.
If you are able and willing to help convert files from .docx or .pdf to .mobi and epub, don’t be shy!
Please feel free to leave additional questions for us below. Also please feel free to email dr.normangeisler[at-symbol]outlook[dot]com.