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Electronic media – not just sci-fi gibberish anymore.

March 8, 2011

“Beam me up, Scotty…”

A friend asked me just recently about purchasing my book ‘Paradox – The Angels are here.

She said, “Can I put it on my iPad?? (so not tech savvy!!!)”

Trust me, had she asked me that question a year ago. I would have shrugged my shoulders and grunted, “hu?”  Then thought where is my computer wizard and very savvy friend Henry when I need him?

I didn’t know very much about the electronic media either.  Zilch, zero, nothing, nil.

However, a few months back when I decided to use the electronic media to publish my book, I realised it was time to drag myself out of the cave and learn.  So after much deliberation and research I purchased the Kindle (mobi file) from Amazon and I LOVE it.

I thought the transition from the traditional printed matter to an electronic device would be hard to get used to, but not at all and now that is my preferred way to read a book.

I love that it can store hundreds of books, and that it can read to me!  That was a huge bonus!  I can even download ebooks straight to my phone (HTC Desire) if I wanted to…. So I did.  Absolutely amazing.  I never have to be without a book ever again….

I would never have the audacity to call myself  tech savvy.  I will leave that title to those far more worthy.  Like my friend Henry.

Today though, I could confidently tell my friend, “for your iPad you will need to download the ePub format at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27156 .

Of course there are a ton of ebook sites out there now where you can download electronic books.  Smashwords is just one of many.  It is also the one that I chose to publish my book on along with Amazon.

Here is a table comprising of the various formats available for the range of eReaders out there.

Online Reading (HTML)

Online Reading (JavaScript)

Kindle (.mobi)

Epub (open industry format, good for Stanza reader, iPad, others)

PDF (good for highly formatted books, or for home printing)

RTF (readable on most word processors)

LRF (for Sony Reader)

Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)

Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting)

Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)

And here is where you can find my ebook, along with many other must have ebooks ready to be downloaded in seconds.

Smashwords – all formats

Amazon for kindle and android phones

Barnes & Noble – Nook

Diesel

Sony

Kobo

Oprah love’s The Kindle from Amazon

See what Oprah had to say.  Check it out Oprah and her Kindle.

Compare top 10 ebook readers

I hope this blog has been helpful to you and has made you, like myself a little more tech savvy in the field of electronic readers.

Please feel free to add your own personal opinions on ereaders and such.  I am only more than happy to learn all that I can on the subject.  Especially now that my wizard friend Henry has moved interstate.

Further reading:

E-Readers and the Future of Picture Books By Jerry Griswold.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2011 5:40 am

    The new way we read: 10 ways digital books are changing our literary lives
    By Claire Martin

    http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_17875752

  2. Fosnez permalink
    March 8, 2011 4:47 pm

    Well done Patti 🙂

  3. March 8, 2011 12:28 pm

    E-Books Are The Books
    A majority of the panelists insisted the e-book is the book in 2011. Last year, e-books made up 10% of all tradepaper sales—and with the number of books growing on Kindle, Apple, Amazon, Sony, and Barnes and Noble, that percentage is hardly idle. USA Today recently profiled e-book legend Amanda Hocking, who sold 450,000 of her e-novels in the last month alone. Bookwoman Day moderator Louise Palanker, author of the best-selling young adult book app, Journals, couldn’t be more excited about the digitalization of books. Journals has been staff-picked twice and is ever-evolving thanks to in-app content like ‘ask the author’ sections and podcasts. Palanker is convinced people want to read, no matter what the delivery system is, and she’s thrilled that digital publishing has created an unprecedented new dialogue between authors and their readers.

    Authors (finally) Have Control
    Mark Coker, founder of instant-publishing website Smashwords, decreed: the authors will revolt. While admitting his site might make the act of publishing “too easy,” he is convinced the instant platform responds directly to a web-driven society. And with good reason: As of Saturday, Smashwords has published 35,000 books from 14,000 authors, including e-book superstar Amanda Hocking. Coker cited Hocking’s skilled writing and low price point ($.99—$2.99 a book) as catalysts for her success. Success, he insisted, that simply couldn’t have happened had she signed with a traditional publisher. Kassia Krozser, founder of publishing site BookSquare, added that publishers are no longer competing against other publishers—they’re competing with authors. Traditional publishing affords authors 25% of 75% of the royalties made from book sales—mere pennies compared to the whole 85% offered by sites like Smashwords. And a recent LA Times article evinces big publishing houses are losing their stronghold on the business. With the ability to make more money and control the production of their books, authors have started asking: what can a publisher do that I can’t?

    from – http://laist.com/2011/03/01/la_knows_whats_up_with_publishing_d.php

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