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An examination of some of the top selling books in the Kindle store Looking through the “Top ” it's remarkable how many different forces are at work in presenting ebooks. Here, the design is so graphic, simplified and typographically This is a big lesson for new designers and self-publishers.
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The Mobipocket ebook format, more commonly known as Mobi ebook, is another open standard for eBook publishing. It was bought by Amazon. It is also cross-platform. MOBI formats can take complex content, include advanced navigation controls, supports indexing and a high degree of compression. For instance, readers can add their own pages, freehand drawings, annotations, highlights, bookmarks, corrections, and notes if devices support it.

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It can also include a dictionary. MOBI formats are suited for smaller screens because the image size limitation of 64K. The image size and image format GIF puts the format at odds with larger display devices like tablets. It has its roots in the MOBI format but has better compression and encryption apart from a few more changes.

The Nook reader that I replaced it with had a similar life span.


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The next e-reading device I bought was a small tablet. I installed a Barnes and Nobel reading app on it, and that lasted perhaps six months, before it began to malfunction. I had many, many books in my e-reader library. This was all very lovely, however, I could not sort those books out, in order to find one that I wanted to look at again, or to look up a certain author who had impressed me with her writing. I know a number of people, who a few years ago were very enthusiastic about their e-readers, and now insist that they will not read anything but hard and soft cover books.

If my experience was like theirs, I can easily see why. Such technology, though, is still not on the horizon. Unfortunately the E-reader manufacturers did not build in an obsolete button with their products and as someone else has commented… they last for years.. Mine is 6 years old and still going strong. There are no viable or convincing upgrades so those who bought one are not going to buy another one soon.

I get the new generation is moving to smartphones to read a book which is diabolical..

I have seen it and would not touch.. I do also think that the manufacturers are being lazy on the marketing front. There are many areas of the world that are opening up to the Internet gradually and this is where there will be a potential for growth as E-readers offer access to books on a much more economical scale. Not only that but with the cost of text books in schools and universities I am surprised that they have not opened up that stream of revenue.

I am blind and use the text to speech facility on my Kindle to read ebooks. You mention audio having been removed from new Kindles. By this do you mean that the text to speech facility is no longer available? If so this is a retrograde move by Amazon. I own 2 Kindles both of which have the text to speech facility, the last one is just over 2 years old. When you have a monopoly IE Amazon you have no reason to innovate. So that means nobody has a reason to upgrade. With no reason to upgrade, only new readers are buying them and those who have had their current ones finally die.

The E-Reader Device Is Dying A Rapid Death

And I will do my best to rid myself of that DRM as well. Tablet sales have also been dropping steadily for three or so years. The sky is not falling. Novelty has worn off, and only people who actually read a lot now buy Kindles and similar devices. But such people are not going away. As for technological improvements, there is not all that much to improve, after introducing frontlight and bringing back audio to Oasis. Heck, you can even read it in a bathtub! Color would help, but, apparently, the early promise of Mirasol and Liquavista technologies have not panned out.

For the people that prefer printed books over an E-reader, which is provocative, and ignorantly annoying because the feel of paper: The book is not the important part; the book is a delivery system. The important part is the story and the talent. I could NOT agree more.

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I like both print and ebook readers, but increasingly have to moved to ebooks because print publishers, to save money, too often use very tiny fonts. And yes, by the way, when I got into ebook reading I quickly DID understand that it was all about the story, not the way in which it was presented. Its not a decline in interest but devices are only coming out new every years instead of every year and ereaders now have more storage for more books. People do not need to upgrade as often so the interest is still there.

Also many people do not understand the benefits. If they did new people will come into the ereader market. So much easier to read and you tend to read more! I went from reading 1 or 2 books a year to 2 to 3 a month. This is also true. Want to squeeze out more space? Finally, make sure your image file names don't include a space or start with a number—really. It seems archaic, but if an eBook includes an image with a filename like this picture. Make sure your file names look like they're ready for DOS, and they should work just fine.

Before you do a final read-through of your text, there's one more thing you should think about: UTM codes on the links in your book. Whether you're publishing a book to raise brand awareness or directly market your products, you'll surely want to know if people actually visit your site because of your book. Plenty of people may just type in links by hand or remember to visit your site later after reading the book, and you can't track those clicks easily. But, you can track anytime readers tap a link in your eBook copy with a bit of extra work.

To have visits from your book tally in Google Analytics or your site's analytics system, you'll want to create a unique UTM or tracking code and append it to the end of every link in your book. Otherwise, you'll need to search for every link to your site, and add the code manually. If you're planning on turning your eBook into a printed book, you'll need to create short links using a tool like Bitly —something you might have seen before in other books, including those from A Book Apart. Just put each link with the correct UTM code into Bitly or another link shortener, and paste the short link into your text.

That way, readers can easily visit your site without having to type in an insanely long link, and you'll still get to track the visits from the book. It's time for the fun stuff: Exporting a nicely formatted eBook used to be an incredibly difficult process—and it still can be—but there are many tools that can simplify it. There are also many formats you could export your book in, but here are the 3 you should be sure to create:.

While most eBook exporter apps today can generate PDF files and many support ePub, there's one tool we recommend above all after trying 8 of the most popular: Every other tool requires hours of hand-tweaking obscure code inside ePub files to get the iBooks Store to accept the files—Leanpub incredibly just works. Once you've got your eBook text in individual files with your images in the same folder, creating a book in Leanpub is simple.

You'll create a new book in your account, then link it to your Dropbox account or GitHub repository. Add your book chapters and images to their respective folders, list your chapter files in the correct order in your book. Then, open your Leanpub book page, click the Preview link in the menu, and generate a preview of your book.

The books generated by Leadpub are basic—you won't find fancy PDF layouts or dozens of typeface options—but their book exports are laid out nicely and most importantly work in the iBooks and Kindle stores without any extra editing. That's a huge advantage, since almost every other eBook export tool left some small errors that we had to fix before we could upload to iBooks.

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If you want something else, there are a number of other tools to export your book, each with their own special features and benefits. Here are some of the best:. Now that you've turned your blog posts into an eBook, it's time to distribute your book. Put your book in the Kindle and iBooks stores, and new readers will discover your content while they're searching for related topics in those stores. It's your best way to give your brand a place in the app-driven mobile world, where readers may be more likely to search an eBook reader app for information than to look up a topic on Google.

The best part is, you don't need a publisher—all you need are a handful of online accounts, and enough patience to navigate Apple and Amazon's bureaucracies. It's both easier and harder than it looks, so be sure to note these points before you publish your first book. That'll ensure anyone on your team can publish or edit the books in the future. If you only want to list your book on one eBook store, make it Amazon's Kindle Store.

It's hard to pass up the most popular online store, one with eBook apps on almost every platform not to mention the Kindle devices. And Amazon's made it decently simple to list your book. To get started, go to the Kindle Direct Publishing site, login with your Amazon account, and start making a new book.

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You'll need to enter the book's name, description, author's name or authors' names , and categories, then can upload your book and cover image. Amazon will notify you of any spelling mistakes it finds in your book—it's worth looking over the suggestions quickly, as it'll likely find things you've missed. Save that, and on the next page you'll get to pick your revenue percentage and set the price for your book.

For paid books, that makes it worth considering if it's worth listing your book elsewhere; free books are best listed as many places as possible. But you'll notice one other snag—there's no option to list your book as a free book. Instead, you'll have to list your book with a price for now. Save everything, and Amazon will email when they get your book listed on the Kindle store.

If your book is made from blog posts, though, Amazon will first email telling you they found content from your book online, and will ask you to confirm the copyright. Just click the link, tab through your book's settings again, check the copyright box, and save again. With that done, your book should be on the Kindle store around days after you first uploaded it. If you want it to be listed for free, you have one more task ahead of you.

First, proceed to the next step and get your book on iBooks, where it's easy to list a book for free. Then, have your team and followers click the "tell us about a lower price" link on your Kindle listing, and share your free book link. Alternately, email Amazon directly from the Kindle Direct Publishing site, and they'll usually price match your book to free within a day. There's one final thing you should do on Amazon: There, you can write a quick bio, link to your blog and Twitter account, and claim yourself as an author on every book you publish.

That's a great way to make your book's listing look more authoritative and get more traffic to your own sites. For an easy way to get your book on iPads and iPhones, the iBooks Store is a great option—and it's easy to list free books. The only trick is that iBooks is extremely picky with the ePub files you upload, enough that I spent half a day hand-editing XML code in our ePub books to get our first books uploaded.

If you use Leanpub or iBooks Author to make your book, you can almost guarantee your book will work on first try; Pandoc is nearly as good, and recent versions of Ulysses and Scrivener should work, but your mileage may vary. If you don't have a Mac, you'll need to instead use an eBook aggregator service like Smashwords or BookBaby to upload from PC—or ask around for someone you know with a Mac. From iTunes Producer, enter the info about your book, and drag in your cover image and screenshots of the inside of your book we use xpx images; that's the largest size iBooks allows.

Then, click the Files button near the top, drag in your ePub file, and click Submit. Minutes later, you should get a confirmation that your book was uploaded, and within a day your book will be live in the iBooks store. Or, you might get an error screen. The iBooks Store only accepts absolutely perfect ePub formatted books, and will reject books for any number of reasons. Uploads will fail if your book includes images larger than 4 megapixels, as mentioned previously, so be sure to scale your images down.

The good news is, iBooks will tell you each of the errors. If it's just images or simple text formatting errors, you can likely correct them in your original files, re-export the ePub file, and try again. Rinse and repeat until you get your book uploaded. You can extract the files manually, or just use Calibre to dig into your ePub, find the offending file, edit out the wrong code, and export the book to try again. If you wanted to list your book for free, you're all finished since Apple lists new books as free by default.

If you'd rather sell your book, though, you'll need to log back into iTunes Connect. There, you can change your book's availability, edit basic metadata about the book, and set its price. You can also check your download stats from iTunes Connect once your book's been uploaded for a while. If you ever need to update your book, though, you'll need to upload changes via iTunes Producer again.

Listing your book in Google Play Books would also seem smart so you can reach Android users, but Google isn't accepting new publishers right now. The traditional eBook stores are far from the only place to list your book. You want as many people as possible to read your book—whether it's a paid book or a lead magnet for your site—so list your book wherever people are looking for new reading material. If you generated your eBook files with Leanpub or Lulu, it's only natural to list your book in their stores. Once you have your eBook in ePub and mobi formats, you'll have everything you need to get your book listed just about anywhere.

Just copy the description text you already used on the Kindle store, make custom graphics if needed from your cover art, and upload your book as many places as you can. We've included our books in a bundle from Paddle , and have listed them on the new eBook marketplace Publi. There are diminishing returns to listing your book on too many places, since Kindle and iBooks already command so much of the market, but especially when you're just starting out, you might as well try and see which places work best for your book.