Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Thanks to everyone who participated in my e-reader poll last week. Non-scientific, of course, but the results confirmed what I suspected: Kindle rules.
Many people have more than one device, and often the second device is a tablet on which they run the Kindle app. Some people who commented have a Kindle and a Nook or Kobo, but it’s the Kindle that gets most use. Just one person copped to using the Nook exclusively.
I also have both a Kindle and a Nook (an old one that looks like it came from Soviet Russia), but I hang on to the Nook only because there are a number of books on it I want to pay a visit to every now and then. I don’t buy new books for it.
For all intensive porpoises, it seems like Kindle’s the runaway e-reader-leader.
How does this affect my new project?
Well, for the time being I’m concentrating on the pdf version of the book, with the idea that it will be used almost exclusively on Kindle. I’m testing it on my Kindle, playing with different fonts and font sizes, learning how images appear on the page, and trying, as best I can, to make it the most professional-looking product it can be.
Now, I’m also testing EPUB and MOBI versions, and they have their advantages. As I mentioned before, they’re searchable and the font sizes can be changed. But they completely disregard image placement, and spacing is hard to control. Don’t forget, I’m not spending a dime on formatting. This is on the cheap. You and I — together! — are trying something different, and we don’t want to get all caught up in the niceties of proper ebook formatting. Hey, frankly I find the sameness of ebook text a little upsetting. Surprised they haven’t come up with something better by now, but I guess that’d cost the publishers money and they’re notoriously tight.
Bottom line: I hope my initial customers will be bold enough to try the pdf version. Feedback will be welcome (even asked for), and, of course, if you don’t like the pdf I’ll shoot you an EPUB or MOBI at no charge.
This should be fun. I’ll keep you informed of my progress on the book, which at the moment is in a final revising stage. I cut almost 20,000 words out of it and hope to cut more so it turns out lean ‘n mean.