A youngster's statement that " On YouTube, 'you can get a whole story in six minutes ,' rests the case! Online reading has given rise to a new style of perusing, called "F-shaped pattern", wherein the eye scans an F-shape on a page to absorb the few main ideas of the article without fully engaging with any of them.
The parody on the Onion , may not be a parody after all. Reading, especially entertainment reading, such as reading a novel, according to Sven Birkerts , involves an inward plunge into an imaginary world described in the novel. This inward plunge requires a considerable amount of leisure and attention span, which are essential to provide wings to the imagination. Researchers at Michigan State observed a global increase in blood flow to the brain when "paying attention to literary texts" Mansfield Park, in this experiment , which "requires the coordination of multiple complex cognitive functions.
The Internet culture that is filled with competing stimuli causes the attention to flit between stimuli, thus limiting imagination and effectively killing it. Reading literary work has many levels and resonates with the reader through the use of language.
The linguistic density associated with serious reading requires directed and uninterrupted concentration. Skimming-based reading fostered by the internet is addictive in that it makes directed reading a chore, thus effectively killing deep reading, and consequently, deep thought. The verdict? While e-books and e-readers could be beneficial to reading in the long run, no other digital tool bodes well. That does not mean we retrograde into the past, after all, the past is always seen with rosy glasses.
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The digital era is here to stay, and it is best to find a balance such that it does not compromise on a skill set that is central to our intellectual identity. Writing credit: Co-authored by Lakshmi, a Mobicip blogger and researcher who explores the eventful meeting point of technology, parenting, and education. Mobicip offers simple, effective and powerful universal parental controls software for a variety of computers, tablets and smartphones used by families today. Learn more at www. Real Life. Real News. Real Voices. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
News Politics Entertainment Communities. HuffPost Personal Videos Horoscopes. Part of HuffPost News. All rights reserved. Skip to Article. Profile-Icon Created with Sketch. Fill 8 Copy 2 Created with Sketch. While backlight and adjustable font could indeed help reading, the very same backlight has been known to already cause maladies such as computer vision syndrome. But, short of adopting Aristotle's wisdom of oral understanding rather than literary understanding, the eye would bear the brunt one way or the other. With adequate precautions blinking more often, taking breaks, periodic eye checkups etc.
With your permission. The rest of your site looks well-worth exploring, too. But interestingly, they had downloaded specialist ebooks from the Net, even paid for them. Sony, Adobe, Amazon and other companies envision the future of content in digital delivery formats. Just as you realize differences in films, videos and other media formats, a future reality for the ebook is inevitable. It may simply be the relative to generations.
There are those that will not ever think to buy hard copy content, yet quickly purchase subject matter in their favorite digital device format. There are varieties in styles and formats that may confuse aspiring writers and readers; however, in the future, the maze will clear and digital downloadable delivery will continue to skyrocket for material that can be read via electronics.
A book is a book and will always be that. An ebook will continue its metamorphic transformation because gigabytes of content with accessible bookmarks and hypertext links will revolutionize education.
Our microwavable world with so much to do and learn in too little time will continue to motivate consumers and developers in providing instant gratification to our needs. Travel to space will see digital content and never the likes of volumes of hard cover copy. If any aspiring writer wants to write, I recommend beginning, even with, an ebook. We might never have the chance to read what they are capable of communicating.
More power to the ebook, so simple, so easy, so affordable; and so unconditional for those that need a chance to begin easily. I will add that Stephen King and Elizabeth George including others offer ebooks for educational and storytelling content. Certainly, what is good for wonderful and talented authors of their stature and prominence; is good for others. When it comes to Jane Eyre; will I read the words in a text hard copy that I remove from a shelf, or will I head over to Gutenberg Project or simply listen to the great novel on audio?
For that special classic, I prefer audio; yet there are many accessible books in digital format. I will definitely choose some style digital format over or paper pages. As a note: availability to modify text size in ebook and or digital device format is great for the elderly who have difficulty reading the print in hard cover copy.
Thanks for the insightful and inspirational comment. Though I think the idea behind teachingsells is fantastic and I plan on enrolling, your points on the viability and growth of e-books are also important…especially when e-paper goes mainstream and reading e-books will be comparable to reading a piece of paper. Very in-depth article. This technology should replace books one day as chopping trees are not nice. Plus carrying around a whole library with you is not so bad! I think that ebooks if marketed properly are an easy sell. That is why so many ebooks basically teach you how to make an ebook of your own and how to sell it.
I am developing an ebook for sellers right now on my Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Blog and I think this information will help me drive traffic. Thanks you. A lot of internet marketers use free ebooks and joint venture programs with free downloads as a way of advertising their programs or services, building their opt in lists and other paid products they have on offer.
You can also sell ebooks for a few cents or as a package with other related products and give them away as an incentive on your blog or site or as a bonus for signing up to your mailing list or membership site. I think simple short ebooks or reports are very useful and easy to read. Going through whole books sometimes for the newbie internet user is quite hard. We do research from our university initiated around financing and behavior, we have several white papers published and they are downloaded a lot.
The trick? Simple, just offer good and adequate research and useful data. I am sure we could make ebooks at the same way and equal successful. I wrote a how-to type of ebook on inexpensive jewelry photography techniques. Open Office is free. That allows my ebook to be able to be read on any computer. It is a tiny little niche and my web site is ranked in the top 12 positions of the search engines for most keyword phrases. In order to sell my ebook I do as much marketing as possible, even though me web site is ranked high in the search engines.
Your info has been some of the best on the subject I have found so far. Thanks for sharing. Thank you very much Michael for pointing out the error that I made in the link to my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography website. There is another way to create ebooks that sell…simply by writing lead generating reports for brick and mortar businesses. In that case you have just one client…the business owner…who you help to make more sales with a report that pre-educates his prospects. Has anyone used this ebook and made any money of from it? I think this is a matter of how good you are at writing, and if you enjoy writing.
Course you can become good at it but it will take time. Nice info though, thanks! I think if you are good at writer and research your market properly, then your e-book will have ready buyer. But i believe in my writing skills and my knowledge level, and i gotta make a good mix of these both to get a good ebook rolling!! Great article, i tend to create eBooks for promotional reasons and marketing reasons. However i always try and target a certain market first, not leaving it open. These eBooks usually tend to be aimed at beginners as the internet is a growing space where more and more people are joining each and every day.
Hi, I bought Desperate Buyers Only the other day. I read it in about 2 hours. Good post!. The way you write is the first influential factor. I have never looked into the selling of ebooks prior to this post but I will now investigate the possiblity of developing this sector……thanks for the informative article. Is that true? In this blog I read a lot about selling informational ebooks.
What about a fictional novel from a largely unknown author? Is there money to be made for novels? I think that a novel should be a paperback book, not a PDF file. The reason that I say that is because novels usually are several hundred pages long. Nice article but you mention about pdf being ok but not the best because of the perceived value. I have seen some ebooks in exe format, is there other formats that can be used to publish ebooks. You may automate the delivery of your ebooks with an online shopping cart service called SWPal.
I have been using it for few months and it works great! If any one needs a book written by some author Technical , Management and books on all Programming Languages he could contact me at aman. But yours is real easy to follow and get and and back, which I like a lot. Very well put together, great job on all the above. Thank you for the info.
What matters is what topic you have chosen and who your target audience is. Thank you for this! I really like your stance of making sure it includes actual content. As a guy who loves the format of ebooks I am pretty green it is shocking how many crappy ebooks there are. Not everyone should be a writer but be able to find a good book with content and value. Thanks for the post, I have implemented so many ideas I have got from you. Great tips Brian, I am currently developing an informational product, and was debating what is the best format for selling.
I tried to get the free info on beyond e-books but I guess the site is closed? Any way I can get that beyond e-book though?
I was curious as to where they got their data from? Excellent article on creating e-books……. This is great article. I would appreciate if you can throw some light on the best format for the eBook. Buy an eBook…. Buy a screencast, audio, or video product….. More Likely! I was searching about writing ebooks and I found this entry through google. Thanks for the discussion. Basically, people who buy eBooks are the people who buy online. I think ebooks are great for quick access, but I find I always print them out first and then read them.
You upload your document in Word format, and then we convert your book into about ten DRM-free ebook formats. We offer a bunch of free tools to help authors promote and sell their books. I think of the think and grow rich book phenomenon and the idea that some books, once created are really timeless. Now in ebook form this book is free and millions have in on their hard drives. Uhm, do you latest commentators realize this post is about 2 years old?
Well, I for one do, and yet I am still commenting now arent I? Since Aaron Wall mentioned 2 years ago that ebooks are on the way out, I have wondered if it is worth the effort to write another one my first was in a small niche that is unpopular in this economy. And I have about 3 niches that cater to exactly that, with ebooks in the planning phase. My fear is that, even in desperate markets, those numbers may not be reachable.
On the other hand, taking those same topics and using a multi-media training membership site approach as suggested above, with user community and blog, might in fact be exactly right. But there again, although I want to try it, I find that idea daunting in terms of time, skills, web development and design, etc. Why would anyone want to give an ebook away for free? Answer: To use the free ebook to promote a larger quality ebook, and possibly several other ebooks, that you are selling. This gives the potential buyer a good idea of the quality of my ebook, similar to brousing through a book before you buy it.
I have in the past looked into selling e-books. I have bought some really good ones in the past and I definitely agree that the market for e-books is still in its infancy. The only downside I personally feel with e-books and when they are mentioned. So many people just try and sell you any old crap in them, especially on eBay that is where all the cons are to be found. Nice — glad to see you championing ebook creation as profitable. It definitely can be.
My own on ebook writing and sales copywriting sells better than I expected. Interestingly, I lowered the price when the recession hit and experienced a decline in sales. About four people have written saying they would have paid more for what they got. People need what we can offer, so why not to try it…. Great post. Hi Brian. I think this is the 8th article I have read this morning. Thanks to you and your other writers for all the great advice!
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I am quite dubious of the amount of money that people make with online products and e-books. Mike Pedersen is quite an opener. And, Mike, thanks you for honesty. I think the e-books that sell the best are the ones that tell you how to make money easily and with no effort! Yet, the internet is filled with e-books telling you how to make loads of money selling e-books. I think real publishers want to stay away from his topic. It would probable discredit them.
It is easy to fake the images that these books supposedly show as proof of all the money they make. I can make a graphic of an invoice in about a few hours. Offering free ebooks on my websites is the absolute best way to build a following and your email list for future marketing. I agree. And if you include some affiliate links in the free book that a double win! Thanks for the solid primer. BTW, E-junkie has done an excellent job on my little niche website. Zero complaints — and their website is quite informative — even for non-techies like me.
I am going to try selling ebooks but the whole procedure seems a bit complicated. It would be nice if there was a free ebook maker i could use. That is what I used to create my jewelry photography ebook. People on Macs and PCs can read it. When you have your document ready to put into PDF format, make into an ebook, all you have to do is click on the red PDF button in the menu bar and that will create a PDF file and you will then have a ebook.
Create a one paragraph document in Writer, or simply copy and paste this message and save it in Writer and then click on the PDF file button in the menu bar and see what happens. A good post on ebook. Subjects,topics,pages and marketing is good. But what about the sales process in itself? Is there any other service apart from ejunkie? If an ebook resolves a problem then it can easily be sold online. The trick is to meet the right audience at the right time.
Ebooks are and will be a popular product for a long time to come. As long as you give useful information that will solve the readers problem as you said, your bound to sell ebookd. I have written a few ebooks myself and I know they sell if your topic is interesting and if you know how to reach your market. Ebooks sell and sell well, it is all a matter of knowing your market. However as referenced over and over in this thread, there are some people who want a book, well a lot of people want a book.
Which I now have one on Amazon, I think if you are going to write an ebook, know there is a need and people will buy it before you write it. Marketing is everything, typically it takes people a minute to warm up to you. I started marketing this book long before it was done.
Keep your ebook short! My book is pages and it is a lot to print out. But they were happy with the product which is the most important thing. Give a lot of good information away , yes it can be painful but your target market is not going to trust you otherwise. But I think they are way too many ebook scammers these days and their only intention is to make quick cash, they are not a writer and they are not an expert in the field.
You expect 2http. Read the article was really useful and informative. Existence of such a blog and blog articles that had interested me. I will try to be your constant reader, thank you. There will always be a market for ebooks, but the actual media will be evolving form text to flash, video and interactivity. So essentially instead of just having to be an expert on dating, I also have to be an expert on SEO, haha.
I find it interesting that this discussion — whether ebooks are dead or not — has spanned about two years. Good information, good writing, and good content is never dead. Sure, the presentation and medium factor in, but I would never go so far as to say format A is better than B. People will pay for what they will pay for. A format might be dead in an over-used situation marketers selling to other marketers on how to market , but there is a world outside the bubble. Take a look at sites like Scribd, Docstoc, Yudu etc and you will understand what I am talking about.
As your article arrives at the conclusion that e-books are still powerful, I think it will continue to evolve — just consider PLR. I think e-books are a great tool for adding value to existing products. I plan to create a number of small e-books as a complentary product to help out my customers that buy stuff from my boat parts site e.
I already have a four part course on boat building as a complementary product to boat plans. I have been wondering about the question of selling the ebook or just giving it away. Thank you very much. Reason being, as you said yourself, it all comes down to how you market and position your book. One of my most successful eBooks has thousands of competitors, but my sales page still converts at an amazing clip. Sometimes I get depressed that the entire world comes down to marketing, but it is pretty true. I used to write a lot of eBooks on random internet marketing subjects, but I learned that for the most part there is a pretty short life to each eBook you write.
Unless you go all out and write a thorough book that has a long lasting power, you will have to constantly write new books to keep a consistent income. In my opinion, creating the eBook is the easy part. If you have the traffic generating website and mailing list, you can swap the product you are selling out, at will. Focus on building traffic, and your site will always be worth something, regardless of the topic of your eBook has gone stale. You just made up my mind for me. Desperate my readers probably are not.
Okay … I bit. I will be reviewing it on one of my blogs. If I feel, after having read it, that it truly IS a good investment in e-book writing and marketing, I might even dip my toe in the affiliate pool as well. We have a booked based publisher in services and we would like to authors e-book and audiobook services, what is the best way to go about doing this, and what protection does the e-book offer in order to sell the novel over the internet.
So you are right: Serve them an e-book that helps solving problems and they will buy it. Without spending a single penny on publishing you can make a bunch of money — that is because you can write about very specific questions that drive people mad. I am writing an ebook right now i want to sell on digital point to make some extra money.
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I am going to use this guide to help me on my ebook, right now its half way dont but in about 1 month i should have it finished. I have been told that one-page websites very rarely get ranked high enough to appear on the first page of search results. Is this true about one-page websites? And if so, how do ebook sellers get enough traffic to their sites if they are not highly ranked?
Do I need to use an affiliate program like Clickbank? I know that not to be true! One of my competitors who has an ebook has a one page website and it is on the first page of google! I have a page blog and he still ranks higher than me! I think it is a matter of content that drives your whole project! Hi Glendon, thanks. So do you recommend that I do this direct and not through something like Clickbank?
Do you know anyone who would be willing to give me a bit of advice? I have read so many different opinions on selling ebooks that I am confused!!! Before you launch you website, run a trial through a blog first to gauge the demand of your ebook. If you researched it properly you should sell well. I just have a blog and my ebooks do very well, sold 4 last night at Clickbank can be good and bad, there is a lot of crap on clickbank.
If you ebook is not about making money,dating, weight lost then clickbank would be a waste of time and money. I agree to there is almost too much information online to digest. However you can not get away from normal business practices. How many times have you bought an eBook from a single page website with no other content?
Content brings in the traffic and it creates credibility, too. Thank you very much….. I just finished my ebook and the website is ready to go and will be up and running in a few days. If you target the right audiance you can definately make money writing ebooks. Here are 50 Reasons the Ebook is Better. Are E-Books a good way to market a website? Nice post though, very informative! In Internet Marketing circles, they teach and practice the use of giving a gift in exchange for getting your email address.
Since we are dealing with digital things on the Internet, an ebook is quite often what is offered as the gift. I could write an ebook or even a series of ebooks about sub-topics within my website and offer the ebook gift to prospective clients. I would much rather buy en eBook than a paper back. There usually cheaper, and so easy to store. I have hundreds on a little flashdrive. E-books are a great way to deliver information to many readers, fast.
However, I would imagine there is much satisfaction when holding in your hands, the real deal. But I personally love ebooks for selling and for myself. Do you think the combination of an e-book and a self-published book with the e-book at a discounted price is a good strategy? Plus people are getting more and more used to buying electronic books.
More e-books sold than paperbacks recently though that includes kindle etc. Nobody has ever complained to me about printing out one of my ebooks. I as experiment I have been offering my ebooks without immediate download capability and I have not had any problems or complaints. I have been doing this about 4 or 5 months now and it saves me money. I do offer immediate download but at a higher price. The people that have bought my 3 ebooks have probably never purchased an ebook before so they are not familiar with immediate download.
This first book will be short but informational and useful. Reason I ask is that I have wrote 2 fairly long ebooks but am having some trouble getting people to find them online. Those that have love the books and say they offer some of the best information which they have ever read. Any help would be great since some of you may be experts in this area.
Such a useful advice. Your own ideas could be associated with excellent help. Many thanks with regard to sharing this kind of ideas. Looking forward to seeing the updated article. I have read most of the comments here and everybody seems to be well-informed in this topic. So, any advice is more then welcomed. Thanks guys! I find the light gray text on a white background very difficult to read.
You only have 5 to 15 seconds to make a good first impression on your website visitors. I also think that your first Buy Now button is too high up on the web page. I would recommend moving the first buy now button further down on the web page. Navish, take a look at our series on landing pages for lots of ideas about how to make your page more effective. I am definently going to adopt your suggestions this weekend. Really appreciate the time and effort you have given towards my problem.
Any more advise is MORE then welcome. Thanks for the homework. I will come back after I made the changes, wish me luck. Great share! Ebook writing is a daunting task but after reading this i hope to write the ebook which can grab attention of readers. I have gone through all the advice and options both of you gave me and made lots of changes to my website.
Most of the changes were related to both of your suggestions. Once again, thank you for the assistance and advice. At the moment, I am busy building on more copy to add to the website.
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As you already know, the more relevant information you add to a website around your keywords, the better your website ranking. I hope I can get this website to take off…. I think that I would make your main heading different. Maybe use- What makes this Budgeting Made Easy ebook different than the rest of them?
That way you are using the title in your main heading and also the word ebook. For example- …value packed eBook that will save you hundreds and thousands of your hard earned money…. It would probably be a good idea to make this an unordered list- So what are we all about? What are we trying to achieve? Who stands to gain the most from this website? What types of budgeting processes do we follow here?
I would recommend changing this- Start their retirement and enjoy their end days to this- Start their retirement and enjoy their golden days. I would revise this sentence- All we are trying to achieve here is place our knowledge gathered thus far into an eBook that a person can use to reference and help them achieve their short and long term financial goals.
This sentence needs to be revised- …before you can become wealthy, you need to debt free. I recommend changing it to this- before you can become wealthy, you need to be debt free. We also made sure that the eBook only has important information that applies to you. This is why the eBook is so small yet at the same time, so powerful with a wealth of information. I would recommend this- Everything you need to know about budgeting and the budgeting process is right here in this eBook.
We left out all the unnecessary garbage. There should be a space between the Budgeting Made Easy link and the word to, in the sentence below, near the bottom of the page- Click Budgeting Made Easyto view free snippets…. Are you a CPA? Do you have a MBA?