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Among the benefits digital publications provide we find: low costs –electronic book publications do not involve use of paper. For this reason, publishing a book is accessible for most writers –distinguished or not. Electronic books provide the possibility of making a written work reach a great number of readers around the world, becoming a significant innovation favorable for writers and publishers.

Below, you will find the basic steps to publish a digital book:

Reader software for digital books:

Once the written text that is to be published is ready, it is necessary to convert the text into a piece of software for digital publishing. Today there are many programs to publish e-books: Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat, e-Book Generator. MS Reader and Adobe Acrobat are the most common ones. Both allow the addition of high-quality images and the appropriately processing of text. Adobe allows the creation of PDF files, a popular format which enjoys of high visual quality. More modern e-book publishing programs work with HTML language, the same language used for web sites. One of these programs is called E-Book Generator. This program presents one distinguishing advantage: when publishing a text, this can be self compressed in a self executable (.exe) format.

Design:

For an electronic book to be successful, it is important that the covers and the text structure have an appealing design which makes readability easier. In order to make the reading a pleasant experience, there are special typographies which allow an optimum legibility on the screen. This is accomplished by using open letters and wide tracking and leading. The typographic selection is of high importance for all printed and digital books since the accomplishment of enjoyable readability depends, heavily, on the typography. This is even more important for electronic books since the reading support is the screen, and its resolution is lower than printed paper resolution. Reading on screens is quite difficult for most people, for this reason, the text design must be thought-out so as to find a solution to this problem.

Apart from this, since electronic books allow the addition of audio and video, the design must also exploit these possibilities. An example of the application of these multimedia elements is educational books, in which audiovisual designs make exercises more appealing for kids. It is also important to consider that links between a text and other pages on the Internet can be added.

It is indisputable that, like every book, the cover design and the use of an appealing title is fundamental. Because of the great amount of images that circulate on the web, it is important to develop a simple cover that is visually sticking, with a title that draws viewers’ attention immediately.

Sales:

There are different ways to put an electronic book on the market. One of them is through virtual publishers, which are in charge to promote the texts published. Another way to promote an e-book is through a website specially designed for this aim. Promotional e-mails sent to potential clients, and banners advertising the e-book on the Internet are another possibility. Apart from this, there are also different ways to position a book on the most important search engines. Although there are different payment methods to buy electronic books, the most common one is credit cards. Payments are made via the Internet.


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