Modern Self-Publishing means e-books as much as it means print-on-demand. Technology changes mean publishing and marketing changes. (Good writing has always been, and always will be, important.) E-books are evolving, and that’s a good thing – but a hard thing to keep up with. Here’s a recent personal experience.
Publishing continues to change. E-books are reaching beyond their devices. That’s good for me!
Once upon a time, e-books lived within desktop computers. Yes, there was a time before e-book readers. My first e-book, Just Keep Pedaling, was published in 2002. It lived in a couple of formats that were cumbersome and so locked down that people had a hard time opening the files. (The remaining format is much more agreeable.) They were either read on desktop computers, laptops that are large compared to today’s standards, or on PDAs that were so small that each page only held a few sentences. I read Dickens’ Great Expectations that way, just shy of 200,000. That was a lot of page flipping.
As kindle and nook became available it was easy to assume that an e-book written for one couldn’t be read on the other. Competitors don’t play nice with each other.
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