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Why eBooks Can Be Better

Some Background on the Major eBook Formats

In today's world there are eBooks have two major formats: EPUB and MOBI. EPUB is an open source format compatible with most eReading devices and software (Apple and Android Smartphones, PC, Mac, etc.) There are a wide variety of apps that are usually free to reading the EPUB format. Adobe Digital Editions works well for PC or Mac, iBooks is great for iPhones and iPads, and Moon+ Reader and Mantano Reader are decent Android apps. EPUB is also the format distributed by all vendors (Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, etc.) with the exception of Amazon, which leads us to… The MOBI format is owned by Amazon and is used for Amazon-type devices such as the Kindle eReader, Kindle Fire tablet, and apps. Even though it is a different format, it is very similar to the EPUB format. The best way to make a MOBI eBook is to start with an open source EPUB eBook and convert it using Amazon's proprietary program KindleGen.

 

eBooks are not Print Books

A common misconception among publishers and authors is that an eBook format should mimic its print cousin as closely as possible. This is often a recipe for disaster. The content of a print book is designed to be read in a fixed layout (e.g. a 5"x8" paperback). However, eBooks must be readable on a wide variety of devices: from a large PC monitor to a small smartphone. Therefore, the content of an eBook needs to be "reflowable" so that it can adjust to the size of the viewing screen that the reader is using. Things like complex tables, images placed next to text, and background images may cause problems on eBooks and create a poor reading experience if not handled properly.

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So What can an eReader do - Amazon's Kindle Fire

So I thought I would answer the question today of what you can and can't do on Amazon's new Kindle Fire.I received mine as a gift have since had the pleasure of reading a few eBooks from device.The device itself is no more than a few millimeters thick as weighs about as much as a large novel and has a matte black finish that feels very smooth to the touch. 

The only actual button the user can press is the on/off button found on top of the device the remainder of the interaction is handled through the touch screen interface commonly found on the smartphones most people use nowadays.The standard version of the Kindle Fire interfaces to the outside world through two different methods, either a Wifi link or a physical USB cable. 

To unlock the full potential of the device you will need a fairly good internet connection which is available over Wifi for your device to connect to, as you will be forced to sign up to the Amazon Cloud when the device is first powered on.Once you have joined Amazon you will have access to an amazing software application store allowing you to find  programs like Alarm clocks, calendars, and games. Many of the applications will need to be purchased which is a process resembling most online purchases handled today whilst there are a range of applications that will be available free of charge! 

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The Cost of Self-Publishing Online

The Cost of Self-Publishing Online

I was asked recently by an aspiring South African author about the costs involved in converting his book to  eBook friendly formats and publishing online. Depending on the software used and the time you are willing to spend in the process, the answer can be, very little. 

The first decision affecting cost for an author to make is what eBook format will you want the eBook to be in?

This is largely a marketing decision and will depend on whether or not you want your eBook published through Amazon who will only accept the MOBI format.

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Interview with Bob Young, Founder of Lulu.com

Hi all, so I was surfing the internet space and came across a great interview given by technology entrepreneur Bob Young who is famous for his open-source company Red Hat Inc.

Bob discusses his views on the online publishing house Lulu.com more than 10 years after it's creation as well as his latest online venture Picture.com. 

Lulu.com selling point has always been that it is the only online portal that truly has the self-published author's interests at heart, have you used Lulu.com before and find his comments accurate? 

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Amazon advice for authors - Using permafree eBooks to promote yourself

Amazon advice for authors - Using permafree eBooks to promote yourself

 

Thought of listing your eBook for free through Amazon's KDP platform but were not sure how?

To clarify, I know that by opting your eBook into Amazon's KDP Select programme you are able to run a free eBook promotion for no longer that 5 consecutive days every 90-day cycle. However what happens after your 5 day KDP allowance is used up? Your eBook will revert to the original list price of no less than $0.99

 

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Amazon Secrets for International Authors - The Amazon Whispernet Surcharge.

Amazon Secrets for International Authors - The Amazon Whispernet Surcharge.

 

 

As if it isn’t confusing enough to publish online, when choosing an ideal list-price for your self-published eBook… you still need to understand that, for certain readers, the price will be inflated, thanks to Amazon’s infamous Whispernet Surcharge, also known as the ‘Whispernet tax’.

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Advantages of an ebook over Print.

Unsure of whether or not you should convert your Book into an eReader friendly format?Perhaps you are worried about the cost of conversion, or are unsure of the first step you should take?

eBook conversion is an extremely cheap process when you consider how much money can be made from making your best-seller available to the world.

Here are the top (slightly technical) reasons why you should be looking at publishing an eBook.

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