EPUB Is Good For Readers, and Browser-Based E-Books Are Even Better
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I woke up this morning to a new video from Shane Lochlann Black. If you don’t know Black, he writes fantasy and space-adventure fiction at shane.lochlann.black, and has his own platform for selling e-books.
Here a link to his video: Why EPUB Electronic Books Are Good For Readers
If I could summarize Black’s points, e-books are much cheaper than physical books, and do not suffer from the same problems of scale as physical books. He mentions that an e-book selling for $1.00 can be as profitable as an $18.00 paperback, once printing, shipping, storage, and marketing are added in. Readers benefit, in Black’s words, from “reduced risk”, when the cost of a book goes down, the potential benefits of buying a book outweigh the potential risks.
I agree with Black: when writers pass on the benefits of e-books to their readers, readers win. I would go further than Black, and say that browser-based e-books, like the ones on nantucketebooks.com, are even better for readers than the EPUB books he mentions. A browser-based e-book does not require and special apps or devices, such as the Kindle, to read. Browser-based books are even easier to share than EPUBs: I have authors on my site who have told me that sharing their e-books with readers was as simple as putting a link up on social media, and they love that.
My hat’s off to Shane Lochlann Black, for sharing what’s great about e-books. Check out his work at shane.lochlann.black, and check out my site’s e-books for free at nantucketebooks.com/ebooks.
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