Thursday, August 4, 2011
ASK PZM - August 2011, ebooks
Absolutely we authors have to pay attention to what is happening in the arena of eBooks. But I admit it is not easy to keep track as things are changing practically at the speed of light.
First, there are the different eBook platforms. Chris O’Byrne wrote a very informative blog post on where throughout the world the different eBook formats may be found.
(Full disclosure: I hired Chris to convert my novels “Mrs. Lieutenant” and “Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders” to eBook formats. And I didn’t really understand where these eBooks would be available until I read this blog post.)
One of the sites on which Chris uploads eBooks is Smashwords.com – look at the “Mrs. Lieutenant” Smashwords page at http://budurl.com/MrsLtebooks to get a feel for the different eBook formats available for your book.
Second, let’s talk about how you can read eBooks if you don’t have an eBook reader (which I don’t yet have).
If you want to read Kindle eBooks, you can download free Kindle software for your computer from the Amazon site. Then you can purchase Kindle eBooks and read these on your computer.
You can also download free software from www.calibre-ebook.com to read the ePub version of eBooks.
What does this mean for all of us?
First, consider older books of yours put out by publishers. Your contracts probably did not give the publishers your digital rights because, until recently, these weren’t even considered. If so, you may be able to have eBook versions of your books available now even if the publishing rights haven’t yet reverted to you.
Second, if you have books whose rights have reverted to you, definitely get these out as eBooks.
Third, in signing any new publishing contracts, pay careful attention to digital rights.
Fourth, if you are self-published, get your books on eBook formats now.
Gifting your eBooks: If your book is in the Kindle format, from the Amazon page of your eBook you can send a gift of the eBook plus there’s a sampling option.
If your book is in the format for Barnes & Noble’s Nook, you cannot send a gift of the eBook from the Barnes & Noble site but you can get a free sample there.
(I tweeted a suggestion to the Barnes & Noble account on Twitter -- @BNBuzz -- that the company consider adding the gift option since it is available for Kindle eBooks.)
Advantage of eBooks: Immediate delivery and (usually) lower price than a physical book are the two main advantages. But there are several other advantages, including people in countries where your book is not otherwise available now having the ability to easily get their hands on a copy of your book.
Children’s book pictures: As I write this post there are still limited eBook platform options for children’s picture books with color pictures. But I expect this limitation to be resolved soon. Already children’s picture eBooks can be read in color on the iPad and on the color version of the Nook.
As new tablets come on the market to compete with the iPad while eBook readers in general come down in price, more and more people will be buying eBooks. You want your books in eBook formats to be available to these readers.
(Special request: I’m looking for people who might like to read my new eBook-only novel “Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders” for a possible Amazon review. I can email review volunteers an ePub version to be read on a computer with the free software from Calibre. But you have to like this kind of story – see www.MollieSanders.com )
© 2011 Miller Mosaic, LLC
Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller on Twitter) has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the social media marketing company Miller Mosaic. You can learn about her fiction and nonfiction books at her Amazon author page at http://budurl.com/PZMAmazonpage
For your pleasure, I'm adding this link to an article Phyllis wrote on Shirley Windward, 92, author of the fantasy novel "The Ednalor Mysteries."
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