The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide
Update: Launch date picked!
After a lot of tinkering around behind the scenes, I finally picked a launch date for my book. The plan is to have the book available on all the major e-book platforms on April 11, 2014. That might not sound like a major feat…but what I have found out by going through this process is that each platform has their own unique requirements for formatting that really make things challenging.
The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide will be available online:
Why an e-book?
E-books are an up-and-coming platform. I understand that most people still buy paper books, but I wanted to try something different. I have been reading about the e-book revolution and I wanted to be a part of it. I’ve looked into print formatting for the book and it is prohibitively expensive to self-publish a book in color–and I don’t want to ask you to part with large sums of money to get the book. So I’m attempting to keep the cost low and stick with the electronic platform (which is actually where you are reading this right now). I know some of you will decide you don’t like e-books, and I respect that. If I can figure out an economical way to create a paper version, I will. If you’re thinking…but I don’t have a Kindle (or other reading device)…keep reading and don’t worry…there are ways…
On what e-book platforms will the book be available?
The majority (about 67%) of e-books are sold on Amazon.com. Barnes and Noble is the next largest market and holds about 25% of the market. Apple sells about 5% of e-books. Outside of the US (in the big English-Speaking markets), Kobo is a big player.
So the plan is to have the book available on the Kindle (Amazon), Nook (Barnes and Noble), iBook (Apple) and Kobo platforms…as well as a few others.
What if you don’t have an e-book reader?
One of the first things I learned, when I became an e-book reader is that you don’t have to own an e-book reader to read e-books (that sounds like a nursery rhyme…how many e-book readers does an e-book reader need to read e-books? An e-book reader doen’t need an e-book reader to read e-books…haha!! say that 5 times in a row).
Amazon probably has the best platform to read e-books, whether you have a Kindle device or not, because Amazon has APPS for every platform imaginable. If you have an iPad (or similar) tablet device, they have an app for that. If you have a smart phone, they have an app for that. Or even if you’re just reading this on the world wide web, you guessed it, they have an app for that. You can download the book and read it from their Kindle software online anywhere in the world–and it will even sync up to where you left-off if you start up again from another device. This sounds like a commercial for Amazon, and it isn’t really meant to me…it’s a commercial for my book…haha…and I’m just letting you know you can read it on almost any internet-capable gizmo you have.
If you prefer Barnes & Noble as a retailer, they also have a few apps (although not available in as many formats as the Kindle reading app. You can check that out here.
Also Available as a PDF
I will also make the book available in PDF format on a site called Smashwords. If none of the other formats are ‘for you’, you can still read the book in the reliable old PDF format there.
So if you have never downloaded an e-book before and you are interested in getting The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide when it launches on 4-11-14, then be sure to download the reading app of your choice for the best experience.
Am I missing something?
Let me know. Are there other platforms that you prefer? As you can tell, I’m new to this, so let me know if I’m missing something.
Article written by Al Ulrich