Why the Hype about eBooks?

Homepreneurs understands and appreciates the value of eBooks and self-publishing.  We’ve blogged about eBooks several times with these topics: how to publish on SmashWords, how to publish on Kindle, price setting, cover page issues, and a current best-seller list.  After releasing a second book(let) yesterday evening via SmashWords, we affirm that self-publishing is very simple.  Writing the work took several hours; publishing it on SmashWords was completed in minutes.

A common question is about trends in eBook publishing.  Mark Coker – founder of SmashWords – has informed and valuable insights and believes the following 5 trends are the most important issues facing publishing today:

  1. Bookselling is moving online as brick and mortar bookstores disappear.
  2. Reading is moving to screens as ebooks replace print books.
  3. New publishing and distribution tools empower authors to become professional publishers while eroding the monopolistic edge once held by large publishers.
  4. Digital distribution enables authors and publishers to efficiently reach a global market.
  5. An over-supply of books and alternative media content will place downward pressure on ebook prices.(1)

Many of these trends are accelerating.  Apple iPads, Amazon Kindles, and Barnes and Noble Nooks are relatively inexpensive eReaders and selling in high volume.  eBooks outsold regular adult hardcover books $282 million to $230 million in the first quarter of 2012.(2)  Major national book store chains have downsized or closed, including Borders, B. Dalton, Kroch’s and Brentano’s, and Crown Books.  Authors can now create and control publication and distribution via SmashWords, Kindle, Kobi, ePub, and others.

The Internet provides multiple distribution channels in virtually every country in the world.  Prices of eBooks are often less than $10 and some books are only $.99.  Most major newspapers, magazines, and other print media are available via eReaders, in PDF format, blogs, online journals, and CD-ROM.

You are reading this blog – and any of the other 31 million blogs in the U.S. – on a computer, tablet or smart phone.  Technology has changed the way we work, play, meet people, and read.  If you are a writer – or an aspiring one – start reading various eBooks and blogs about publishing an eBook. Ironic, yes, but this is the future.  Here are some resources to start with:

– Denise Gabbard – Getting Started as a Writer

– Catherine Ryan Howard – How To Sell Self-Published Books

– Mark Coker – Secrets to eBook Publishing Success

By the way, writing and selling eBooks – another Home Business Idea –  is a way to make extra money, provided the content is good.

Why are you still reading?  Start writing and publishing those eBooks!  I did!

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships (Mr. Shaw is published on SmashWords) with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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References

(1) https://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/145431/7/the-secrets-to-ebook-publishing-success

(2) http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/its-the-end-of-books-as-you-knew-them-e-books-out-sell-hardbound-for-the-1st-time/2505