E-book Reality

We’re flooded with information about e-books and their impact on the book publishing world lately.

E-books do bring an exciting dimension to the book world, yet they still have issues that need to be worked out.

There’s no one-size-fits-all technology–do you go Kindle or some other format? What about protecting the .pdf so your e-book isn’t passed around at will (without compensating you) once someone gets a copy? Then there’s the issue of supporting design elements or graphics like bullet points, etc. that e-readers don’t do well yet.

And, as with previous entertainment technology (yes, books qualify as entertainment), what happens when technology changes? Think 78 rpm, 45, 33 1/3 lp, 8-track, cassette, CD, etc. in music. Think beta, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, etc. in video. How will we read e-books in five years? Three?

Granted, e-books are hot and getting hotter, but before you decide against publishing your book the traditional way, give some thought to e-book reality and the long-term life of your book. Look into e-books as an option. Publish your book as an e-book. But don’t overlook the longevity of print books when you do. You may decide you want to do both.

Happy writing!


2 Responses to “E-book Reality”

  1. 1 Carol Ann Hoel September 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Interesting aspects of e-books to be considered for sure. Thank you for sharing.

    • 2 expertbookpublishing September 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      Thank YOU for reading. I’m confident e-books will come into their own, but I also think it’s going to take some time and technology will never stand still, so the risk will always remain that good books could be lost in the long run if they’re only published in e-format.

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