epub_readerdeviceAre you a published author? If yes, first let me say CONGRATS! Are you unsure of which platform you ought to e-publish on? There are a lot of choices available and I recommend considering the reading device of your potential readers as you publish your eBook to your preferred e-publisher.

I came across a great article while researching this topic from Jane Friedman – it’s called “10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service” and you can read it here.

Some of the confusion comes in for many authors as to which platform to release the electronic version of their book to and I found that really partnering up with the publisher I worked with (who helped me to self publish) was incredibly helpful. She knew all the ins and outs of each of the platforms, which format the files needed to be in, etc. Feel free to check out Purposely Created Publishing’s website here.

I’d say one of the most important things to know is what format your audience will be most likely to have on their device. There is the straight Microsoft Word format, it’s easy enough to upload and format, however, it can be a challenge in some arenas (for example Kindle). There is a format called EPUB, which is widely used across eBook platforms. There is also a file format called MOBI which is also a widely common format for eBooks. Finally, there is PDF, which is probably the most widely recognizeable format, it is also the oldest and least user-friendly when adding to the various sites – as it is not manipulatable, etc. as some of the sites prefer it to be.

What are your thoughts? What is your favorite eBook platform? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below…

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