Digital Books During Isolated Times #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop
Posted by Erika Beebe
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Currently, my entire town has been asked to quarantine until April 6. City offices are closed, events with over 10 people are closed, which means the local libraries have extended due dates on books until their doors reopen in April. This date may change.
We’ll make it. I believe we will eventually conquer and thrive again 🙂
Considering all of these surreal events, this month I’m thinking about the importance of eBooks and what it means to author and writers. Do audiences find e-books as easily? Do covers matter as much? Will the publishing industry change again, completely focused on them? I’m not %100 sure, but I have been cruising around the internet reviewing different articles on the dos and dont’s. So far, I like the list of dont’s because I’ve learned a great deal. I am also happy we have eBooks during these isolated times to escape our walls in our own homes.
A list of favorite eBook tips:
From Owlcation by author Jennifer Wilber on 10 Reasons Why eBooks are Better Than Print, I got a couple of great reasons to consider eBooks over print:
- They can be read in the dark
- New releases are usually cheaper
- Viewers have multiple font options
- eBooks have no late fees from libraries (my favorite one)
- My own added tip: eBooks are sanitary as long as your screen is clean and your fingers are too 🙂
From Publish Green on The Important of a Professional eBook Cover, I got:
- With all the eBooks on the market today, it is important as an author that your eBook cover makes a lasting first impression.
- The cover makes your eBook stand out on similar topics with other authors. I know I’ve drawn to the beauty of a cover first. Publish Green also offers eBook cover designs.
My favorite thorough article on both benefits and drawbacks of eBooks came from Investopedia:
- E-readers may cause eye strain, and some screens are not easy to read in sunlight.
- I also learned the expenses to consider when making eBooks such as the added technology cost of formatting the eBook for multiple reading platforms as well as the conversion cost of print formats to electronic files.
What about you? What number one tip do you have about what has gone well or what you might change regarding eBooks?
Happy Hop Day.