10 Most Important Points To Consider When Making An eBook
Hard binding form of books is increasingly getting rare. It is perceived that books are being abandoned for the information we get through the Internet. But there are certain problems with it. One is the ease with which we can read the paper versions and take notes from it. This problem has been addressed somewhat by Tablets and Amazon Kindle that we have in the market.
It is also a fact that for quality and reliable information we need to consult books rather than inauthentic websites. Therefore, eBooks are getting wider acceptance as opposed to just being an auxiliary item on a CD that comes with the hard binding. As a writer we need to pay attention to some important issues related to making eBooks. Besides quality of content and research there are some other factors that play a vital role in creating a successful eBook.
Below are some of the most important factors that you must consider when writing an eBook:
1. Define Aims
We all know the importance of having home work before you start writing. Always keep your mind clear and have targeted aims before you get set to write for your eBook. First decide on your purpose for writing an eBook. Decide on whether you want to produce a textbook, a marketing transcript or just a light novel or a story. This will help you devise plans for promoting the product later on.
Neglecting the aims may directly affect the contents so it is imperative that you take extra care in defining your aims. To best understand how to define your eBook’s aims, do research on similar category of writings done before. Study how to maintain your aims before and after writing the eBook.
2. Select a Topic
Only select a topic you know about. This knowledge can come through experience or education. There are a number of topics that can pop up in your mind. Sometimes the subject you are working on has a broad canvas. This allows you to be more liberal. However, use this option only if you feel that you don’t have enough content.
3. Preface & Summary
This is one part where most of the writers have the only chance of expressing their feelings about the book, their personal life and the previous editions if any. Similarly, books also have a summary and some testimonials on the back side. Make sure that these parts get the required attention as they will define the mood of the first time buyer.
The most used eBook format is PDF but trust me that I love the CHM files. Usually it offers a lesser file size. The features it offers and the control it gives the reader is wonderful. Moreover, the graphic effects are much livelier and helps keep the reader indulged.
Form an outline of the book you want to write. Divide it into suitable chapters. Try to order them in a way that supports maximum understanding for the reader. There can be different types of readers so give them a guidance of which chapters to read first and even skip as the need may be.
6. Number of Pages
Yes, the number of pages also matters in an electronic version. In paper it directly relates to the costs for the print but there are other aspects too. A book with a large number of pages is perceived as a bigger information source, especially when it is written on a technical subject. If you have enough knowledge and resources then go for a larger number of pages. Lesser numbers are suitable for topics like online marketing. It also depends on your target audience.
When it comes to content it is always recommended to use simple, understandable language. Give as many practical examples as possible. Distribute them evenly throughout the book, of course, with relevance to the topic. Use quotes where necessary, images and illustrations can keep the reader engaged if used in the right way. Try to keep the content as engaging as possible, remember, you may win or lose a reader with a single attempt. Creating a reader base is easy if you know how to keep the readers engaged and how to keep your contents informative but not boring at the same time.
8. Decide Price
Of course, you will be tempted by your needs but it is important to gauge the value of your product. See what other publishers are charging in your niche and charge accordingly. It is also important to predict the number of sales. EBooks can be sold all over the world through the Internet so popular languages have wider acceptance. But again, you will be facing tougher competition there.
In today’s competitive industry you need to find new ways to promote your eBook. Build a website and optimize it for search engines. Use social networks to market your book. If the budget allows, you can also take the help of Adsense. Never leave a chance of promoting your book. The more exposure it gets, the better chances it has to be bought.
10. Where to Sell?
If you are selling it through your own website then you need to have e-commerce tools and never forget the security issues. If you want to place it at online stores such as Amazon, then they will deduct certain commission on each sale. Therefore it will have a direct bearing on overall price.
When you are making an eBook, it is important to consider what you will be writing and how much content you can offer. Never compromise on quality. You also need to dedicate time and money to marketing of the eBook in order to give it maximum exposure.
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