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7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

By Jim Wawro

 

Should you publish an ebook? Following the traditional publication of two print books, the self-publication of a third print book, and the publication of seven ebooks, here are seven reasons I recommend for publishing an ebook: 1. Ever since Gutenberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg ), the publishing industry has effectively monopolized what books the world reads. Why? Producing printed books from written words requires capital and the expert knowledge of many businesses, including print manufacturing, book marketing, and distribution. However, this key intermediary between reader and writer is no longer exclusive. 

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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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