E-books have revolutionized the way that many of us read our favorite literary works. We no longer have to lug around all of our favorite reads because now we can simply download them on our laptops, e-book reading devices and even our cell phones. It was estimated that in August of 2009, there were more than 2 million free e-books available for download. It was also estimated that 3-3.3 million Kindles were sold in 2009*. And as of October 2010, an estimated 8.25 million iPads have sold since the device’s launch in April 2010. With the growing popularity of e-books and e-book readers, authors have another way to get their books to the public.
If you’re thinking about self-publishing a book, you can’t go wrong with e-book publishing. Digital publishing costs can be much lower than traditional book publishing costs. This makes the process more affordable for authors and also makes it possible for them to get their works out to a much wider audience.
E-books come in a number of formats. One popular e-book format is the Portable Document File, or PDF. This format is highly-compatible and can be viewed on PCs, Macs or directly on the Web with Adobe Reader. Another format is EPub. This format is an open standard for e-books, and books with this format can be viewed on a number of e-reading devices. HTML e-books can only be viewed through computers or mobile devices that can connect to the Internet; and TXT e-book files are those that are displayed in plain text and are very small in size.
Legaia Books is a leading provider of e-book publishing services. Contact us today to learn more about our Digital Formatting and Distribution services and to find out how you can get started self-publishing your book.