It’s the Details

Unlike print books, e-books aren’t based on pages. It is one long flowing document. The reading device and user preferences determine the “pages” as the book is viewed. For this reason, page numbers and headers/footers aren’t used in an e-book. There’s no way for the e-reader to know where to place them. Some e-books are

Celebrate Read an e-Book Week

Last year “Read an E-book Month” was declared in Canada with special focus on “Read an E-book Week.” While researching the special month, I found that Read an E-book Week was first registered in 2004. I can see why it was started. In 2004 I was still adamant that I wouldn’t read e-books and certainly e-readers would go

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Step Four to a Good e-Book

Consider the reader As writers we know that we need to be aware of our audience. This idea, though, is a little different for e-publishing. Our e-books are going to a different medium, a different reading experience. Our audience will have different needs other than just the content. Jonathan Wondrusch says in The E-Book Creation

Step Three to a Good e-Book

Cover Too often writers think that cover doesn’t matter as much for an e-book. Not true. As much care should be given to the cover of an e-book as a print book. Your e-book doesn’t sit on a shelf with hundreds of other books. But it does sit on a virtual shelf with thousands of

e-book edit pencil for a good e-book

Step Two to a Good e-Book

Edit a Good Book Read Step One Some of you reading this are editors or proofreaders, you understand the need for good editing to create an excellent product. Some of you have being writing professionally for a number of years, you’ve gone through the editing process. If you are new to this process, you may

pencils for tweaking your e-book

Step One to a Good e-Book

Write A Good Book I know for most of us, that sounds like a no-brainer. After all, we’re writers and editors byprofession. Have you seen those ads for “Write an E-book in An Hour”? Have you seen those e-books? (One example can be found at as a premium for signing up for the newsletter.) Some

Formats and Files. Foes?

Have you noticed that when it comes to the electronic world, no one can seem to get along? Macs and PCs didn’t always want to talk to each other. One word processor didn’t get along with another’s documents. This situation has improved somewhat, but not in the e-reader world. Adobe’s PDF was one of the

Which Comes First?

I’m not going to head off into some a chicken and egg philosophy discussion. I am going to open this up for discussion: Where do you begin your e-book adventure? Too often, I think, we writers believe there are two ingredients for success. I’ll not define success because we all have our own definition of it.

What’s the Difference?

While most of us think of the difference between e-book and print book as the method of reading, it really is more than that. Instant availability. In the Internet age, and quite honestly the culture of instant gratification, being instantly available is a big plus. Storage. E-readers can store hundreds, thousands of books, magazines, and