Kindle and Nook, Dead Trees and eReaders: What Does It All Mean?

round and round the dead treeMy illustrator is moving from Florida to Utah this week and wouldn’t be available to chat with y’all about working with an illustrator. We’ll reconnect with Davina next week. This week, let’s talk about digital books, eh?

Some people still think self-publishing = ebooks, that is, digital only. They’re unaware of print-on-demand, assuming that print is only available to traditional publishers, or that you’ll have to print a garage full of books.

Self-publishing means only one thing: you act as the publisher.

It means nothing else.

It does not mean digital. It does not mean print.

Has nothing to do with quality or lack thereof.

It isn’t about marketing, cover design, websites, cost, or the pull of the moon on the tides.

Self-publishing means only one thing: that you act as the publisher, rather than someone else publishing your work for you.

This week, I’ll be talking about digital vs. print (and why that’s the wrong statement altogether.) I’ll share my philosophy on each and both, and give you some pointers on marketing digital versions, including the fact that anyone who can order the digital version of your book can read the digital version of your book, whether they own an ereader or not.

3 thoughts on “Kindle and Nook, Dead Trees and eReaders: What Does It All Mean?

  1. Great post. I always publish both versions of my books. Sometimes the small ereader format won’t work because my print book is 8.5X11 inches and needs to be large to appreciate the illustrations, but even then I do an ebook using Clickbank.

    1. When I have illustrations I mess with them to be sure they look good on a smallish screen, but for the moment I think folks with digital readers are used to a diminished experience for images. I hope something comes along to raise expectations.

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