Michael Pastore, Zorba Press’s
Editorial Director, is a novelist and non-fiction writer who lives in Ithaca, New York.
He has written and edited more than a 25 books (15 paperbacks, and 10 ebooks), all currently available fom the Zorba Press website. Pastore’s articles, essays, and interviews — about literature, sustainable living, children and childhood, and humanizing technology — have appeared in more than two dozen print publications nationwide.
As an expert in electronic publishing and the Internet, Pastore’s words and photo were featured in an article in the New York Times newspaper on April 9, 2001. During the summer of 2000, he was contracted by a leading technology corporation to lead a team that developed a comprehensive online examination about the world of publishing: books, magazines, newspapers, and ebooks. In Spring 1999, one of his books was mentioned in the prestigious Times Literary Supplement.
Pastore lives in Ithaca with his wife and a library of more than 7,000 of the world’s best books. About the importance of literature he writes: “Why read? … The best books give us timeless hours of portable joy, expand our empathy and imagination, remind us of our past, bring hope to our future, caution us to live wisely, empassion us to seize the moment, show us ideals embodied in heroes and heroines, inspire us to be great lovers and rebels, give us courage to dare to be ourselves, corroborate our most sublime feelings, and point the way to deeper meaning in our everyday lives.”
Pastore has recently completed a 100,000-word novel for adults (a comedy titled A Glorious Existence), and is now working on a new novel, a short book about Erich Fromm, and longer nonfiction works about Creativity and Love. His latest non-fiction book, scheduled for release in 2010, is The Tao of Information— How to Simplify Your Life, Keep up with Technology, and Harvest the Internet’s Essential Facts and Ideas in 30 Minutes a Day.
To celebrate the era of the ebook — at long last — on September 8, 2009, Pastore published a new edition of 50 Benefits of Ebooks: A Thinking Person’s Guide Digital Reading Revolution.
The book is available as a 372-page pocket-sized paperback, and in two ebook formats, PDF and ePub.