E-publishing may be a new form of publishing for many, but it has become one of the most talked about and used methods today, with the publishing of content online being extremely easy, affordable and beneficial for marketing. E-publishing is short for electronic publishing. This type of publishing only producing books in an electronic manner, as opposed to printing. The work is published online, such as through a file format or even on a CD. One of the latest forms allows you to download a publication onto a handheld device so reading your e-published book can be complete anywhere.
The Benefits of E-Publishing
When compared to traditional printed publishing, e-publishing offers some extra benefits. For example, more publishing companies are willing to take on authors in this form since the investment to them is far less than other types of printed publishing. They are also willing to take on more unique genres, including unique storylines or even various sized projects (longer and shorter works publish easily.)
For the author, there are also benefits in this form of publication. The process is shorter, meaning the time from the authors hand to the finished work is shorter to do. In standard form, it can take up to two years for the book to be completed, but with e-publishing it can take just a few months to publish the work. The writer of the work also has more control over the process. They stay in the editing process longer and with more say. The publisher still makes suggestions, but the writer still has the right to the final word. The writer can also play a role in the final look of the book, such as the graphics used on the electronic jacket of the book.
Another benefit of e-publishing is that it allows for writers and publishers to update the work over time. There is some cost involved, but the cost is much less than printing new editions which is what is needed in a standard published work. The publisher does not have money invested in printed books and is more willing to do the updates electronically.
In some situations, the benefits are outstanding for the writer. For example, the royalties are a higher percentage of the profit from the book's sales since there are far fewer fees involved. The writer also usually retains all rights to the finished work, which means that later they can do as they wish to it, including using it in various other forms. This is not the case with most traditional works in print form.
There are some downsides to this type of publishing, though. For one, sales of e-published books are not nearly as lucrative as those in traditional format, though there may be a change in this in the future. Many times, the marketing for these books must be done by the writer of it, too, which means the author needs a bit of marketing help. Still, as a whole e-publishing is an outstanding option for writers especially those looking to build their name.