Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why EBooks?

Why EBooks?
Over the past few years, sales of EBooks have been roaring up. Why should authors turn to EBooks?
-          Printing cost: Authors could save printing cost
-          More Books: Readers with the same amount of money can buy more books!!!
-          Borderless horizon: Online distributors are borderless, in terms of countries, bookstores, readers
-          Anytime anywhere: Readers regardless to what smartphones they are using, where they are, what applications they are using, they all have an opportunity to read your book.
-          Anyone: As long as readers are IT-savvy enough to have an app, they could download your books
-          Convenience: Multimedia/ social media have allowed your books to be publicised, only to make more convenient if readers want to buy your EBook with a click.  
-          “Weightless” Storage Space: “A 4GB tablet filled with 3,500 e-books weighs a billionth of a billionth of a gram more than if it were empty of data - a difference that is approximately the same weight as a molecule of DNA. The same number of physical books would weigh about two tons. (1)
-          Environmental Friendly: Save trees!
-          Rights of publishing and distribution: Authors retain it all!
-          Sync-able: Kobo, Kindle, Nook just log in anytime anywhere you can access all your books!
-          Buy in chapters: Allow readers to buy in chapters, like it read it. Don’t like it delete it!
-          Below are some other reasons why EBooks are better.
  1. E-books can be made available in different reading formats (different fonts) to make it easier on your eyes. Paperback books are in one font in one format, like it or not.
  2. Ebooks have places authors can advertise other books, websites, email and other contact info.
  3. Better for traveling.
  4. Most e-book readers have bookmarks you can set to return to your place easily.
  5. E-book text is searchable
  6. E-books are downloaded online, not through the mail system. You’re not paying for someone to bring it to you.
  7. E-books are available immediately after you buy, there is no waiting at all. It’s like you were in a store and bought it and get the e-book instantly.
  8. Try before you buy: readers have a chance to preview their books.
  9. Ebooks don’t wear out – they don’t lose pages, the ink doesn’t fade or copy itself to other pages.
  10. Ebooks are rarely stolen!
  11. One digital ebook can be distributed to one million readers and save 300,000,000 paper pages and lots of gasoline and harmful manufacturing.
  12. Ebooks allow the author to control the sales side of the ebook. Everything is fully trackable and gives up to the minute sales information.
  13. Sales are easily tested on ebooks because the author is in control. Resulting in better targeting and savings to consumers.
  14. In the next ten years e-books will outnumber paperback books. If you haven’t switched yet, at least try one soon. Find some digital authors you like. Ebooks are better because they are the future.
  15. Frequent customers of an author’s ebooks can easily be given incentives for purchasing new ebooks. Discounts are easily applied.
  16. Many ebook reading software programs to use with your computer are absolutely free. Fonts are exceptionally easy to read.
  17. Digital e-books are enabling many more people to author a book. The variety of books coming out is mind-boggling. Readers have more options.
  18. Reading a digital e-book on computer, PDA, or other electronic reader can reduce eyestrain over reading traditional books for which ambient light is not adequate enough. You have full control over the brightness of your screen and how far you sit from the screen as you read an e-book. If you want to sit further back, you can increase the font size (zoom).
  19. Reduce strain on your hands when you read e-books versus traditional paperback books. Holding a strongly bound paperback book open as you read for 12 hours puts strain on your hand muscles. Especially if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, this is one area that computers will HELP those with carpal tunnel!
  20. If you fall asleep while reading your computer or reader it will stop at the page you fell asleep at. A paperback book will close and the page lost forever!
  21. E-books are universal. You can buy an ebook online from: Laos, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Bolivia, Guadalupe, Kauai, Tonga, Switzerland, Iceland, or Kyrgystan and be reading it in minutes.
  22. E-books are truly portable. You can take our e-books to almost any computer in the world running Windows, Linux, or Macintosh and read your e-book.
  23. E-books never smell.
  24. E-books don’t fall apart.
  25. E-books let authors be more creative as we don’t need to conform to a publisher’s idiosyncratic style, we choose our own.
  26. E-books provide authors with more options to add photos, video clips, Google maps, audio tracks, and other content directly into the book
  27. E-books are so much more easily distributed than paper books. Paperbooks waste gasoline, pollute the environment, necessitate paper mills and chemical processing. Ebooks use pluses and minuses sent over wires and through the air.
  28. E-book pages don’t stick together. Ever.
  29. E-books can be read on tablets like iPad – kids will enjoy reading, while ‘playing’ with the tablet computer.
  30. Paying for e-books online at PayPal with your credit card and having all information encrypted is MUCH safer for you as a consumer than handing your credit card to a stranger at a bookstore making minimum wage to ring it up.
  31. E-books are damn near invisible. They take up so little physical space that you’ll never need to consider – do I have enough room for it? You have! You’ll also never likely visibly SEE a physical ebook in your entire life. What you see in your reader is an interpretation of the physical product that makes a lot more sense to us than would hundreds of thousands of + and – !
  32. You can’t hit your dog with an E-book or throw an e-book at it.
  33. E-books don’t collect dust.
  34. E-books are more current. Changes can be made and go live within minutes. With paperback books? MONTHS!
  35. E-books are constantly changing. There will be many new developments in the e-book realm over the next couple years. Paperbacks are dead.
  36. E-books are instant gifts.
  37. E-books are inspirational. They are so easy to create they might inspire you to become an author.
  38. E-books are convenient; they go where you go on a memory stick or even through the cloud via email.”
Disadvantages of EBooks will be covered in the next blog.. Stay tuned!
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