UP Press titles available in digital format

View the full list of UP Press books in digital format at the local store flipreads.com or refer to this listing by retailer.


  1. A History of the Philippines – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWWBF7A
  2. An Embarrassment of Riches – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWXON78
  3. Beautiful Accidents: Stories – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWZNZUC
  4. Damaged People: Tales of the Gothic-Punk – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITUZSU0
  5. Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three Independent Women Dance – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITV009I
  6. Forcing the Pace: The Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas: From Foundation to Armed Struggle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWZO4NY
  7. Fourteen Love Stories – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITTUXWO
  8. Geek Tragedies – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWYV92E
  9. Ghosts of Infinity: and Nine More Stories of the Supernatural – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWH3R3U
  10. Hairtrigger Loves: 50 Poems on Woeman – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWHG6E2
  11. Life Before X and Other Stories: a new edition – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWTD72O
  12. Mind-Body Communication Technique: An Alternative Way of Learning and Teaching Confidence in Public Speaking – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IXGR9CU
  13. One Hundred Love Poems – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IXH7YTW
  14. Philippine Postcolonial Studies: Essays on Language and Literature – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWUGZ4K
  15. Philippine Studies: Have We Gone Beyond St. Louis? – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY4L2MY
  16. Pinoy in America: The stateside life in the time of Barack Obama, Facebook and Pacquiao-mania – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWWBBX8
  17. Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY4YYLA
  18. Reconnaissance – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUNAEUU
  19. Revisiting Usog, Pasma, Kulam – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUPPD3G
  20. Selected Stories – Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUP4ZK8
  21. Sundays in Manila – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY5FAQ2
  22. Surgeons Do Not Cry – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY5G03Y
  23. The Gaze: Poems – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUM8ZK2
  24. The Sky Over Dimas: A Novel – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY9C8RW


  1. Sundays In Manila – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sundays-in-manila/id815488968
  2. The Sky Over Dimas – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-sky-over-dimas/id815489117

Selected titles are also available in Kobo and Barnes & Noble.


How Easy is it to Read eBooks? A Quickie Guide on Buying and Reading eBooks

With the upcoming UP Press eBook Sale (to celebrate the UP Lantern Parade), here’s a guide for those of you who are interested in, but still aren’t sure about how to buy or read ebooks. The guide will cover buying for ebook readers, tablets, and MAC and PC (for those who are running desktops or laptops, but aren’t familiar with how to install and use readers on their devices yet).

First, and easiest, if you have an ebook reader or tablet:

Most ebook readers are already attached to booksellers (such as Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.) so they also come pre-loaded with software that takes you directly to that bookseller’s online store. So for example, if I’m using a Kindle, then there will be an option that says “Shop in Kindle Store.” Same for the other brands. Go there, and if you don’t already have it registered, you can register a credit card. I personally use a Unionbank Eon debit card (I’m afraid that if I register a credit card, I might go overboard with my book buying, so I use that specific debit card because it also registers as a Visa card when doing online transactions). Once in the online store and with your card registered, you’re ready to buy books. Search for the title and you’re good to go. Usually you can either make the purchases from your computer and sideload them to your ebook reader, or you can download the books directly to your reader. Either way, with the small file size of ebooks, it should take only a little over a minute (depending on your bandwidth) for your ebook to download. Then you can open up and start reading.

If you’re running an iPad you get access to the iBookstore (if you’re registered under a US account). You go through the same process as you would with dedicated ebook readers, searching through the store and then purchasing using a pre-registered credit card. The upside of running the iPad is along with access to the iBookstore, you can also download readers made by other companies, like Kindle or Aldiko, which will allow you to read books in other formats and purchase books from other stores readily.

So with an iPad or other tablets, you can download a variety of ebook reading apps, which will allow you to read books bought from various online sellers. This means, too, that unlike dedicated ebook readers that are tied to specific booksellers (unless you root the readers or do a little bit of work on them) tablets will allow you to buy from a variety of online sites like our digital co-publisher Flipreads.com, as well as indie sites like lulu.com and other, smaller booksellers. The process is generally the same. As long as you have the appropriate reading app, all you have to do is search for the book, click download, and then wait for it to load up on your browser and you can start reading.

Now if you don’t have an ebook reader but you would like to buy and read ebooks, it’s NOT A PROBLEM. Seriously. I know what people think, that they need to have gadgets and ebook readers to enjoy the new format. And while I wholeheartedly encourage people to invest in ebook readers because they are handy and cool and open up a whole new way to experience books, you don’t need to have them. All you need to do is download ebook reading apps onto your Mac or PC and you can enjoy reading.

On my Mac I’ve got Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions, and the Kindle app installed. I’ve also got Simple Comic. These allow me to view a variety of content. You don’t need to have all those programs installed though. For reading epubs and PDFs, Adobe Digital Editions has a nice simple interface (though I wish it could go into full screen). Kindle app has a nice clean interface and offers a more readily customizable experience, but the catch so far is that I have only been able to use it with books purchased from the Kindle store, it won’t read anything else (unlike Digital Editions). And Calibre is more of a library management system (think iTunes, but for books) so its reader isn’t really all that good, but it’s okay. I can’t help but recommend Simple Comic all over the place though, as it’s a great app for reading digital comics.

Okay, so these aren’t the only reading apps that are available. But if you’re interested in reading UP Press books, you can get the Kindle app and buy our books from Amazon. Register your card, hit download on the book you want, and the book will download to your computer and you can open it up from the Kindle App. Alternatively, you can download Adobe Digital Editions, and then purchase the book from our digital co-publisher, Flipside, via Flipreads.com. Unlike the other places where you have to pay using a registered card, Flipreads gives you some options. Along with the card and PayPal options, you can also pay using cash, which is a cool, nifty thing. If you pay in cash, you bring a print-out of your order and then pay at the cash-sense partners, like 7-11 and Lhuillier pawnshops. Then when you go online again it will download onto your reader or device.

Once again, it’s that easy to just download and read. Downloading apps is free (all the reading apps I have mentioned are free) and some books are free for download as well, so you can try out and see how reading ebooks works for you. Best of all you can read the same book on multiple devices. So if I’m reading it in my Kindle and then I open it on my Mac, it will sync to where I left off reading, and then when I switch back to Kindle, it’ll once again sync, so it’s like I never missed a beat in the book I’m reading. There’s a lot that reading ebooks have to offer. I hope this short guide will help people who are interested to try out the exciting new format. Oh and maybe pick up some of our books as well.


Believing in Bytes and Bits

I’ve long been a proponent of digital books and through the support of the UP Press and the UP administration the UP Press has released ten e-books in digital format with co-publisher Flipside Digital Inc. Despite these developments it still seems that the jury is out on whether e-books will be a thing in this country or not. And though I push hard for it, sometimes I have doubts too because I believe it will take a massive push to break down the walls and make digital publishing a viable local industry.  Continue reading