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Excited About Ebooks
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Tags: ebboks epublshing short stories novellas innovation in publishing

Itís just over a year since I bought a Kindle reader so ebooks are still somewhat new to me. Though Iíll never completely abandon print books, Iíve adapted quickly to this technological advance and regularly download new books to my collection Ė probably more than Iíd have bought if they were paper copies. I love being able to read several books at once without needing a rucksack to cart them around with me. As a reader itís like turning me loose in a sweet shop when I was ten years old (or even now, for that matter).

Iím also excited about ebooks from a writerís perspective. I know we have a couple seasoned ebook authors on our site so what Iíve been learning wonít be news to them but it is to me so Iím babbling on about it.

So how do ebooks benefit writers? Obviously there is less financial outlay to publish an ebook than a print one. The book is also instantly available and eliminates the need to ship stock to distributors or post online orders to customers. These are considerations for traditional publishers and writers who self-publish. Ebooks can also be priced lower than print books, encouraging readers to buy them.

But thereís one benefit that really struck me: itís cost effective and practical to publish works of any length. This opens up so many possibilities. Works that might have been too long or too short to release in print form can easily be published as ebooks.

I first began to think about this when I read a couple of Nina Croftís novella length books (I started with Chosen). I did some lateral thinking and realised that there are wonderful possibilities. I have several short stories that had been printed individually in magazines, websites and a couple anthologies and I didnít have any plans to submit them to any other publications. So their Ďlivesí may have been over or I could have waited until I had three times as many stories lying around and produced a print collection. But I decided to take advantage of this aspect of epublishing and Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves was born. Itís short enough to read at one sitting and thereís a place for that in the ebook world. Of course, Iím excited about my own ebook but Iím also excited about the opportunities epublishing offers all writers of short stories and novellas.

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