E-Books – Shaking up the Industry

I’ve been sharing on Twitter lately about the growing trend of e-book publishing. Publishers Weekly announced that E-book sales jumped 252% during the first quarter of 2010. Here’s the link to their article: http://tinyurl.com/32fynza

Even the Independent Book Publishers Association has jumped on board offering great marketing tips for E-book sales: http://www.ibpa-online.org/articles/shownews.aspx?id=2953

Apparently, the best at marketing his E-books is J.A. Konrath. He touts 4,000 Kindle sales per month at $1.99 per download. Now Amazon has signed Konrath to a deal where he will provide content exclusively to them. He already has more than 20 Kindle offerings on Amazon, so this author has a lot of product available.

This author was unable to find a “legitimate” publisher, yet kept writing. With the advent of virtual publishing, Konrath has found a profitable niche.

Even J.K. Rowling is beginning to ease her distaste in digital publishing. Word is she’s considering making her Harry Potter series available for the Kindle.

Second Wind Publishing offers all of their titles for the Kindle and I am delighted my debut thriller STACCATO has been purchased by a number of readers.

Recently one reader friend couldn’t wait to pull out his Kindle and prompt STACCATO’s first pages. So very cool. The only complaints he voiced is the lack of actual page numbers, and one glitch with the formatting. Forced hyphenates show up as hyphens within words. What I mean by this is in order to visually make a line of printed text more appealing (without too much white space on a line) there are times when a hard hyphen is implemented to tighten the text. What appears on the page may appear as an actual line, yet on the Kindle unit the hyphenated word looks like: format-ting. 

Best of luck to you writers who decide to make your words available as Kindle downloads.

Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel STACCATO, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon, Kindle, and independent bookstores.

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12 responses to “E-Books – Shaking up the Industry

  1. Publishers are going to have to get over their aversion to non-paper publishing. That being said, I think there are huge differences in desirability among ebook formats–downloads to a computer or a phone and then there are devices like the Kindle. I can’t fathom how anyone would read a book on a cell phone and I don’t even like reading them on the computer but I love my Kindle. There are other glitches than the hypen issue on Kindle. Sometimes I get a book with all the paragraph indents stripped off. This must depend on the way those were formatted; I haven’t been able to figure that one out. On those days I wish I had a hard copy.

    • ooooo that’s not good. Someone slipped up to do that–big time. I had one of the old Rockets, and if you carried the book in through html, all kinds of weird things happened to the formatting. Made it like reading a draft. Not easy.

      Will have to bite the bullet on Kindle…

  2. Mickey, I would be very interested to hear of other Kindle format issues. You would think that a “pefectly” formatted Word file provided for the Kindle upload would mean that everything would translate, but doesn’t seem to be the case.

  3. I, too, have bagged some Kindle sales with Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings. A former colleague purchased my title for his Kindle, which he loves. The formatting had no issues; but he, too, doesn’t care much for the fact page numbers don’t show.

    I’ve downloaded “samples” of Backstop at a couple other reader sites and have noted formating issues. Apparently whatever file is used for the download isn’t compatible with all readers. Hopefully, this is something that can be rectified. Spending two or three hundred dollars for a reader that shows poorly formatted text isn’t something that excites me.

    By the way, Deborah, I finished Staccato a few weeks ago and enjoyed the read. Best of luck!

    J.

  4. Please accept my apologies. My “to read” list is a double stack, waist high.

  5. An excellent post, Deborah!

    Read all you want, save a few $$ and save trees too.

  6. Deb,
    in nonfiction, Kindle books don’t have little numbers for the footnotes. The Kindle underlines a few words and then you have to go to the end and find the footnote. Also, the quoted passages that usually are indented or defined in some way in a paper book don’t seem to get any special treatment, at least in the book I’m reading at the moment. This can be confusing.
    In all books, there can be spacing curiosities between words and paragraphs in addition to the aforementioned stripping of the paragraph indents. I played with the font size but that doesn’t cure the spacing. The indent problem is really the worst.

  7. Thanks for passing this along, Mickey. Interesting.

  8. christinehusom

    I’ve appreciated the Kindle sales of my books. Someday I may consider buying one, but like you, have stacks of the hard copies to read! I have concerns about piracy, and hope we can keep that at bay.

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