Music Publisher Mel Bay Launches Vast E-book Catalog

November 9, 2010

0.0000.aamelbayebooksMel Bay Publications, Inc. today made learning music easier with the release of more than 1,000 e-books. "Continuing its proud tradition of teaching the world to play everything from guitar to harmonica, Mel Bay is once again transforming the way people learn to play music by offering e-books," said Bryndon Bay, corporation president and third-generation Bay.  "Our company was founded on the principle that music instruction should be available to everyone, everywhere. E-books make that possible in a more convenient way."

Mel Bay will use digital delivery of PDF documents, allowing users access to more than 1,000 titles from any compatible device. More than 2,500 e-books will be available by January 2011. Consumers can purchase the e-books at

"E-books are great for those who are away from their print music library. Users can access their personal e-book library of music worldwide on any compatible device by logging onto their account," Bay said.

To celebrate the e-book launch, Mel Bay is giving away one free iPad and a $250 credit for Mel Bay e-book purchases.* To register for the sweepstakes or to browse and purchase music e-books, visit

About Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

Established in 1947, Mel Bay Publications produces and distributes a variety of instructional music books, DVDs, CDs, accessories and now Mel Bay OnDemand video downloads and e-books, which cover almost every type of instrument including:  guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer, harmonica, fiddle, percussion and more. Offering instructional materials for the most diverse and selective musicians, Mel Bay's titles represent a number of musical styles including:  classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, folk and others. 

Melbourne E. Bay (1913-1997) changed the world of guitar instruction beginning with his cornerstone "Modern Guitar Method" and "Rhythm Guitar Chord System." Sales of his Modern Guitar Method series are estimated to be in excess of 20 million copies. Mel Bay established the structure for modern guitar education and by so doing, helped create the foundation for the continued growth and advancement of the instrument. It is difficult to find a guitarist worldwide who has not, at some point, studied one of Mel's method books.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 18 and a U.S. resident to enter. Sweepstakes ends Nov. 30, 2010. For details, see Official Rules at  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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