How to Write a Good eBook – You Know, the Kind that Doesn’t Suck

How To Write an EbookNo, seriously. I’m not writing ebooks for the Men with Pens site at all, in any way. This post is just one of those random things that occurred to me while I was doing the laundry and feeding the fish (full disclosure: I do not have fish, because I find their calmness infuriating). It’s just a theoretical post on how to write a good ebook. I have no recent experience in writing good ebooks whatsoever. It is all lies, what you have been hearing.

Now, let’s just focus on the matter at hand, shall we?

Picking a Good Topic for Your Ebook

Incidentally, “ebook” begins to look like Wookie language if you write it often enough. I should write an ebook about English words that sound like Wookie words.

Except no, no I shouldn’t. Because there is no market for such an ebook.

This is the most important thing to consider. Before you waste any time setting pen to paper, is there any point in finishing (or starting) the project? The only way to answer that is to figure out how many people out there need to know about the subject on which you’re writing.

Then you need to figure out how many of those people care that they need to know about it. This number will be much smaller.

For example, many people out there need to know how to not be jerks while driving. How many of those people do you imagine actually buy an ebook called, “How to Not Be a Jerk While Driving”?

You see my point.

How do you know if there’s a market for your ebook? One way is to ask people you know. Another is to keep your ears open and look for people in forums and blogs who are all asking the same questions. If you see a great deal of people asking for advice on how the hell SEO works, you’ve got yourself a great idea for an ebook.

If someone’s already written a kick-ass ebook on that subject, don’t get into direct competition. Either come up with a new angle or write on a new subject altogether.

However, if there are a ton of ebooks on the subject you want to write on and all of them suck, go for it. You could end up being that guy nobody wants to compete with. If you follow the next step, which is . . .

Finding Good Ideas for Your Ebook

A lot of ebooks out there simply take up space. They’re not telling anyone anything they don’t already know. They’re recycling old information in a boring way. They’re pumping you up with a lot of powerful phrasing, like “You too can be a millionaire!”

They’re not telling you how to do it. I mean, really do it. Not pretend to do it kind of do it.

Give readers something tangible to work with. Think about the step-by-step process of whatever you’re writing about. Give them good advice on how to go through each of those steps.

Add in fun or interesting tidbits as sidebars, but don’t make them the main focus of the piece. Fun and interesting is great for breaking up monotony and for inserting some humor, but if your reader finishes the ebook and doesn’t find it useful, just funny, then you you haven’t done your job. They probably want their money back.

If you cannot advise your reader on how to get from point A to point B, you don’t know enough about your topic to write about it. Go do some research and try again.

Don’t forget to help people out. Every ebook should contain links to other resources or articles that might be helpful, and you shouldn’t make your readers go find them on their own.

Is it really easy for someone to Google the name of the book you just recommended? Sure it is. Is it easier for them to click on the handy link you provided? Uh, yeah.

Plus, the handy link doesn’t make them close your ebook so they can go browse the web for four hours.

Writing Good Content Your Ebook

The most important rule of writing is (sing it with me, kids): DON’T BE BORING. For the love of everything wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, do not be boring. Your ebook could be chock-full of great stuff, but if it doesn’t seem like it, you fail miserably.

And then you will cry. And then I will cry. And then we will run out of tissues, and neither of us will want to go to the store because we look so terrible and red-eyed and snotty, so we’ll just sit there snuffling into our sleeves.

It will be very bad.

Don’t be boring. Some of the most mundane topics have new life if you simply think about them in a new and interesting way. Don’t be afraid to be human or to be funny. One of the best ebooks I ever read was Nick Cernis’ Todoodlist, and it was about making to-do lists, for Pete’s sake. You couldn’t get more banal.

And yet, by the time I was done reading Todoodlist, all I wanted to do was follow Nick’s advice and go write one, because I was convinced it would change my life.

That’s the core of everything you write for your ebook. The simplest way to not be boring is to be important. Be vital. Give your topic purpose and intent and write about it like you really believe this is a game-changer. And it will be.

Another Assertion of Complete Innocence

No, seriously. I don’t know whether there’s some really important topic that James wants to make sure you and your mother are totally informed on, like, say, writing for the web and how you can do it for a living and make a kasquillion dollars doing so.

I have no knowledge of anything. I think the cook did it. In the library with the candlestick. I was most certainly NOT in the library working on the most fantastic ebook ever on how to write for the web, full of jokes about squirrels and lots of extra loot and resources and lengthy play-by-plays.

I can’t believe you would even suggest such a thing!

Oh, incidentally, I think James may be announcing something later this month. Possibly. What do I know; I’m just the maid.

Post by Taylor

Taylor Lindstrom (fondly known as Tei) is a twenty-something copywriter and journalist from Boulder, CO. She’s the team’s rogue woman who wowed us until our desire for her talents exceeded our desire for a good ol’ boys club. She loves the color green, micro-point Uniball pens, and medieval weaponry.

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  1. Don’t forget editing :) Some people are not creative when they write, but they have very useful information. So it is not at all impossible to write a book about what you know and send it off to an editor /copywriter/ menswithpens to get them to polish it up and make it interesting :-D.
    .-= Heather Villa, CMA, MBA, MSM´s last blog ..Communication challenges =-.

  2. @ Heather – I couldn’t agree more! 😉

  3. As an ebook reader, I’d like to add a few more points to this:
    * Provide your ebook in multiple formats. PLEASE!!! There are few things that frustrate me more than seeing an ebook I would love to read, then discovering that it’s only available in, for example, pdf… or chm… or… If you have to do only one format, please use txt or html, since those are formats that can be easily converted to any other format
    * Don’t use DRM! DRM cripples the book for the customer
    * If you’re going to ignore my last point (for whatever reason), please make it so that a customer who buys your book has access to all the formats it’s available in. That way, if they change methods of reading the ebook, they don’t have to buy the book again.

    There are a lot of ebooks out there, on just about any topic you can imagine. But, if your book is priced correctly, well-written (no grammar errors), and moderately interesting, it’s probably in the top 1-2% of available ebooks!

  4. Btw, could someone please give me a heads-up? I’m interested in the Todoolist book, but I don’t see a good way to find out:
    A) is that pdf? it doesn’t say format, so I’m currently guessing it is…
    B) are there images on borders or behind the text in the file that would prevent it from being converted to another format? Is it multi-column format or does each page only have one column?


  5. Tuxgirl, Todoodlist is a pdf. One column throughout, however there are graphics and colours in the borders.

    I’m curious as to why you don’t like pdf? Why do you need it in another format?

    Taylor, great post! It really irritates me when I spend good money on something and then it’s cruddy.

    I heard recently of someone who spent US$100 on an ebook, it turned out to be about 16 pages, full of misspellings and grammatical errors and the information was questionable. And the seller isn’t replying to any of her emails for a refund….

    The only good thing you could say about that is that the marketing must have been ok to get her to hand over the money for it in the first place!

    Looking forward to seeing James’ announcement later this month. :-)
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Planning Your Posts =-.

  6. Why wouldn’t anyone have a PDF reader on their computer?
    .-= Mike in Bali´s last blog ..Beras Bantuan Berkualitas Buruk =-.

  7. Hey, I would buy the Wookie Words ebook!
    .-= jillflorio´s last blog ..Why Flash? =-.

  8. The ChangeThis website has lots of great examples of free eBooks.

    They are often by authors promoting their own book or idea. That said, there is lots of good inspiration for different styles of creating content that is compelling. You can also see which ones were popular to give you an idea of market.
    .-= Geoff Wilson´s last blog ..Two New Blogs =-.

  9. I needed this today. I’m working on an ebook as we speak. I don’t think anyone tries to be boring, but they forget to ask a few friends to read it. I get feed back from three trusted people. That’s been my saving grace in creating content that keeps people coming back.
    .-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog ..The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Anxiety at Work =-.

  10. Oh, incidentally, I think James may be announcing something later this month. Possibly. What do I know; I’m just the maid.

    He’s getting married?

  11. @ Pat – I’m from Quebec. As a culture, we typically don’t marry, with about 80% of the population or more preferring common-law relationships.

    Nice try, though! 😉

  12. How come this didn’t show up in my inbox until today? Aargh.


    how many of those people care that they need to know…

    Brilliant. That’s pretty much the essence of all you need to know in business, not just ebooks. Brilliant.


    When you get married I want to be the first to know. Well, the second, if you go all conventional and tell your beloved. 😉


    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..10 Things I’ve Discovered About Chris Brogan =-.

  13. You’ve got some awesome tips there. Another thing I suggest before writing the ebook, is to create an outline and test to see if there is a demand… That way, you won’t waste time writing only to find out that no one wants it.

    .-= Igor Kheifets´s last blog ..Answer These Three Questions To Increase Your Revenue =-.

  14. Great suggestions. I like to say that content needs to be 10% new –not so new that people don’t know what to make of it, but new with fresh data, point of view, big idea behind it, simplicity…you get it.

    If an ebook or ebook(let) is for your current market/list, it needs to be well-written and of high quality, but it can offer information that might be available elsewhere–you are a trusted source to your constituency.

    TuxGirl – I want to look into her point. I love (though you don’t collect all the names that way, it does get idea out there for fee or free), and there are some services that convert text to multiple formats. There’s also for book-length works, especially fiction and memoir.

  15. @ Tuxgirl –

    As an ebook reader, I’d like to add a few more points to this:
    * Provide your ebook in multiple formats. PLEASE!!! There are few things that frustrate me more than seeing an ebook I would love to read, then discovering that it’s only available in, for example, pdf… or chm… or… If you have to do only one format, please use txt or html, since those are formats that can be easily converted to any other format.

    This puzzles me and stirs my curiosity.

    Most ebooks are produced in PDF so that the content can’t easily be copy/pasted and thus stolen and reworked (though any enterprising person can figure out the workaround to accomplish content theft regardless). It makes sense that ebooks are published in copy-locked format, and thus, PDF.

    Also, Adobe’s PDF reader comes typically pre-installed on most PCs today, and it’s a well-known, recognized method of reading PDFs. It’s free, too, and it’s quality.

    So… maybe I’m missing something, but I can’t see the reason for publishing an ebook in any other format *but* PDF. Is there a specific reason you don’t like it? Maybe we can find a solution to that.

  16. Thanks for the lovely mention, Tei.

    I’d only add that you should write the type of eBook that you’d buy and read. It might seem selfish to write for yourself, but if you’d grab it, there’s a good chance someone else would too.

    Unless you’re an utter crackpot, of course.

    @Melinda — thanks for fielding the support questions for me!
    @TuxGirl — feel free to get in touch if you’ve got any more questions.

  17. I’ve got an ebook in the works, am pretty sure that I have an audience– I just need a swift kick in the butt to get off the ‘net and finish writing it.
    .-= Karen Putz´s last blog ..Lessons from a Sea Doo =-.

  18. Heather – That’s very true. We’ve had quite a few jobs like that, with really interesting information that just needs a major spit-and-polish. Bad writing can make the most fascinating topics uninteresting.

    TuxGirl – I must confess formatting is not my forte. That’s all the design end, and I am happy to bow to the talents of Harry and Charlie on that one. Though I’m with James; doesn’t everyone use pdf regularly? That seems like one application you really can’t be without in today’s business world . . . on the Todoodlist point, just talk to Nick. He’s a complete sweetheart and he’ll help you out. Also, he IS in the design realm, so he’ll know about converting.

    Melinda – This is a terrible, terrible thing. Though I suppose it’s a handy scam. But this was about ebooks, not scams. Someday I will write a post on how to run a good scam and we will destroy the world together. It must have been DAMN good marketing – the most I’ve ever paid for an ebook was about $45, and that was because I knew the author was an upfront, awesome dude who would write something brilliant and relevant and LONG.

    Mike in Bali – We are all confused on this point, methinks.

    Geoff – True, and there are lots of good places to get free ebooks online. That said, many of them are much like blog posts: pleasant to read, interesting to think about, but not necessarily useful when it comes to applying them in real life.

    Jill – You know, the moment I wrote that I thought the same thing.

    Karl – Feedback is your buddy, to be sure. Especially when you get feedback from other people you’d like to promote said ebook. They’re going to have extra incentive to help you clean up the things they don’t like so that they feel good about pitching it to their readers.

    Patrick – Only to his work.

    James – “as a culture” . . . you kill me, darling. “As a culture”, we Amurricans typically force people to marry at gunpoint lest we accidentally propagate outside the bonds of holy matrimony. Right, guys?

    Wait, right?

    Crap. Now I’ve got this husband and a shotgun for no good reason.

    Kelly – I already have dibs, lady. Back down! I just acquired a shotgun for reasons beyond my own control!

    Igor – Outlines are often very, very handy. This may be the topic of a future post.

    Janet – That’s a pretty good outline, though any writer knows that it’s well-nigh impossible to write anything completely new. Someone’s always written it before. I’d argue that one of the tenants of a good ebook is gathering together the right information and presenting it in a new way. The talent to know what should and should not be included – and in what order, and how all the info relates to all the other info – is one of the big talents of ebookery.

    Nick – Anytime. I love that damn book. It’s my favorite thing ever. I even named it and made it a little hat to wear.

    . . . This might be evidence that I am, in fact, an utter crackpot.
    .-= Tei Lindstrom – Men with Pens´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  19. Thanks for the post. This came at the right time. I’m currently working on a poetry ebook. I read that a person should get an ISBN number for an ebook. What are your thoughts?

  20. Wow – this is one of those posts that touch a nerve. Thanks Men with Pens. Yeah–smart, fresh, well-written, and well-structured copy is a given!

    Ebooks have two different yet overlapping tracks. The book publishing world is rapidly moving into ebook formats from Kindles to Sony Readers to iPhones and others, plus the online distributors for ebooks in multiple formats (from, and The online marketing/coaching/consulting world has made wonderful information available in pdf formats, sometimes with color (can’t do in e-ink formats), links, and other bells and whistles.

    If you are PDF only, which is fine for many audiences, you just don’t tap into the new ways of distributing content. The important thing is to think about the audience for your ebook, what they need, how they currently read, and to explore different channels.

    Good to remember that for most of us, there is a much greater risk of no one (or very few people) seeing your work than a few people who may use it unfairly.

  21. Reed Porter says:

    *Provide your ebook in multiple formats. PLEASE!!! There are few things that frustrate me more than seeing an ebook I would love to read, then discovering that it’s only available in, for example, pdf… or chm… or… If you have to do only one format, please use txt or html, since those are formats that can be easily converted to any other format

    I’ve been an ebook advocate for most of a decade and while PDF is great for reading via computer screen or printing, it is decidedly crippled when it comes to reading via an ebook reader, PocketPC, or SmartPhone. Most of these other devices can consume text or Word docs just fine, but PDF’s often do not ‘reflow’ properly and become impossible to navigate.

    I used Microsoft Reader until it became hard to find book in that format and Microsoft stopped development on it. Now I use Mobipocket whenever I can as it runs well on my PocketPC, Computer, and my wife’s Smartphone allowing us to share the books we purchase. Most formats have software available to convert your docs or text to be readable by that software.

    All that said, what is more likely to prevent me from buying a book is its unavailability as an ebook rather than the electronic formats available.

  22. This comment was left by Bamboo Forest from Pun Intended – and I accidentally deleted it. Sorry! Here’s the reprint version!

    I think e-books are a legitimate way to self-publish and can be jam packed with useful and compelling information.

    But I also think they tend to be way overpriced. My logic is simple.

    When an e-book consists of far less pages than a published book by a famous author that you’d purchase in Barnes and Nobles or Amazon… A book that’s not simply a text file, but is actually printed onto real pages, sandwiched between two hard covers, I’m a little dismayed by this.

    Hey… I’m not knocking anyone. I think those who publish their e-books should sell it for whatever they feel is best.

    I just think they tend to be way overpriced. I tend to believe there’s no reason they should be over 20 dollars. And more… they should often be less, such as what Leo Babauta sells his for and what todoodlist is now going for.

    Not to mention… doing so in many cases may ultimately lead to more profits anyways.
    Bamboo Forest – PunIntended’s last blog ..A Chance of a Lifetime Only Comes Once

  23. Now to reply to that comment:

    @ Bamboo – Yes, ebooks typically cost more than print books. There’s a reason for that:

    The Unlimited Freelancer cost thousands of dollars to create, for example. Thousands. Not hundreds. A well-written, well-produced and well-designed ebook needs to sell a LOT of copies to pay for itself, especially if priced below $20.

    The next argument is that tons of ebooks are absolute garbage. I can safely and confidently say that tons of print books found at Chapters, Amazon and others are just as much a pile of crap.

    In fact, I have a few of those crap books sitting on my shelves. A nice cover, some good ad copy, James’ credit card comes out and…

    “Wow. I paid $19.99 for THIS? Hell. I can WRITE better than this.”

    Oh, wait. I think I already have 😉

  24. lexi rodrigo says:

    LOL, funny, as always!

    Well I for one am looking forward to the ebook – the one you’re not writing, of course.

    And I’d like to add a tip for writing ebooks-if it’s anything longer than 5 pages, please have a table of contents.

    It may seem a very little thing, but its absence makes for a very annoying ebook!
    .-= lexi rodrigo´s last blog ..Open Thread: Has a Client Ever Stiffed You? =-.

  25. For Bamboo Forest – when you buy a book you’re not buying the paper and ink and when you buy an ebook you’re not buying the format – what you’re buying, what you’re paying for, is the value of what’s written inside it. You’re paying for the knowledge, experience and training of the person who wrote it. You’re paying for the value that you get out of that book, whether it is a physical book or an ebook.

    An e-book shouldn’t be over $20? That’s a ridiculous statement. If that ebook is going to teach you how to develop/grow/market your business and is going to increase uryo profits by hundreds or thousands of dollars then why shouldn’t it be more than $20?

    You’re paying for knowledge, not the format.
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Email Goof-Up, or Don’t Diss Your Customers =-.

  26. @ Melinda: My point in underscoring the format of a printed book versus an e-book was to emphasize that there’s inherently more value in having it printed on pages and in a format you can bring with you wherever you go. And since there’s more value in that format and since it cost more to produce books in that format: You’d think e-books would be less expensive, wouldn’t you?

    I think it goes without saying, that ultimately, we’re of course paying for the content of the book. I don’t think anyone’s disputing that.

    In fact… I recently purchased and read the book “The Adweek Copywriting Handbook” by Joseph Sugarman. It’s based on a 5 day seminar he gave that he charged 2,000 dollars for back in 1977. This book also retails for only $14.93 on Amazon. So yeah… I’m paying for his extensive knowledge and vast experience and the price tag still remains under 20 bucks for a printed book.

    I’ll have to check out that article James shared with me… as well as the many comments under it.

    My point was really in passing. I’m certain I’m not the only one to have ever made this argument before and I don’t think it’s really that big a deal.
    .-= Bamboo Forest – PunIntended´s last blog ..A Chance of a Lifetime Only Comes Once =-.

  27. Do you guys all actually read on your computer?

    I honestly can’t sit down and read an ebook on my computer. If I’m going to pay money for an ebook, it had better be something I can read on my ebook-reader. That way, it’s much more portable and I can read it anywhere. (I also can get 2-4 week battery life on my ebook reader, which is quite nice).

    I find it interesting that people say that pdf is the ‘normal’ format for ebooks. I honestly don’t see pdf as being a “standard” for ebooks at all. Among people who read ebooks off of their computer, the most common formats i’ve seen are epub or mobipocket (also known as prc).

    My current ebook reader can handle mobipocket formats as well as txt/html. When using these formats, I have the ability to bookmark / highlight sections of the book that I want to come back to later, and can add notes to it that I can view at later dates.

    I can read mobipocket, epub, and plenty of other formats easily on my computer as well. They can also be read on my phone, or on many other devices. Last time I checked, I could only really read pdf on my computer itself. Technically, my phone can handle pdf, but it’s a pain to use because of the small screen, and is often practically unusable.

    On the side-note of prices for ebooks, i may be willing to pay > 9.99 for some ebooks (although not for novels, and *certainly* not for novels in the public domain…), but after some bad experiences, I have some requirements before I will pay that much for an ebook:
    1) available in a format I can use on my ebook reader (I have only once paid money for a pdf ebook, and I don’t intend to do so again, unless I can prove that it’ll convert easily to other formats)
    2) not DRM’d
    3) I want to see at least one sample page of the ebook so I can judge the quality of the book.

    I will admit that I may relinquish requirement #2 if:
    1) it’s a format I can use easily
    2) it’s from a source I trust
    3) I can get a full chapter preview (like the kindle store provides) to see the quality of formatting and of the author’s writing
    4) the hard-cover version of the book is at least 1.5x the cost of the ebook (for example, with textbooks)

    Yes, I’m an ebook snob. I’ve been bitten too many times by poor quality ebooks, and I’m not willing to be bitten again. Thus far, I’ve only paid > 9.99 for ebooks twice. One of those experiences, I ended up not being satisfied, and as a result, I’ve been much more wary since. Now days, spending > 5$ for an ebook, I’m generally quite wary. Maybe if there are more well-written ebooks out there, I’ll be less cautious, but we’ll see…

  28. @James:
    Umm… There are other formats that are better copy-protected than pdf, but those all involve DRM. In fact, you can also get DRM’d pdf, but I don’t recommend it.

    In fact, out of all the copy-protected formats available, a completely text-based PDF requires less technical knowledge to pull the text out than the others (and if you want to get legal about it, because it doesn’t technically have DRM, it’s the one that’s not illegal under the DMCA to convert to another format).

    Also, technically, straight PDF isn’t actually copy-protected. There’s nothing preventing me from taking a PDF file that I get from you and giving it to my friend. DRM’d ebook formats *do* prevent that. (DRM’d ebook formats also prevent me from taking that ebook and putting it on another machine that I own, which is stupid, but that’s a different rant).

    That doesn’t make it easy to convert a PDF. And, for those of us who don’t want to read directly on our computer, it’s completely useless. I haven’t read a book in hard-copy format for about a year now, but I’ll go back to that before I read a book on my computer.

    Believe it or not, not all readers are going to try to steal your books, or try to pass them along to others. From what I’ve seen in the novel world, the books that are most openly pirated are the ones where the authors tie them down with the most restrictions. (NOTE: I don’t think piracy is okay, even in these circumstances… I think piracy is wrong.. just pointing out a fact about where it happens most.) For an extreme case, JK Rowling refuses to have any of her books released in ebook format. Her ebooks are available in a multitude of ebook formats illegally, though. Most books that are available via places like Fictionwise, etc., where it’s possible to buy an ebook and have access to it in whatever formats you need, and at a reasonable price, are generally less likely to be found pirated. Most customers *want* to be honest, and would rather pay 5-10$ for a legal copy of a book than download an illegal copy.

  29. Do you guys all actually read on your computer?


    Not me. Personally I always print ’em out, unless they’re really short. I hate reading on the computer. So the one thing I want from an e-book is that it print nicely on standard paper. I also prefer horizontal so I can read it without scrolling on the computer, especially if it is a shorter book.

    Oh, yeah, that, and that the e-book not give my Mac a hard time.

    All of which hasn’t too much to do with writing a good one… but getting it read is certainly just as important.

    Until later,

    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..10 Things I’ve Discovered About Chris Brogan =-.

  30. Interesting stuff going on with this post…

    I read all my ebooks on the screen because I don’t want to pay for the ink and paper to print them out or have the time to send them to the local printer’s and pay more. Yes, I know. I’m cheap that way :)

    Plus, if it’s ebook, then for me, it’s business. I certainly wouldn’t download The Name of the Wind and read it off my screen. Craziness. Paper, please.

    Re: PDF Protection – I didn’t say that straight PDF was protected. *puzzled look* Of course not. But there are settings in Adobe that help, and you can also password it. I also didn’t say that it was foolproof. In fact, I believe I said the opposite, or something close to it.

    *scratches head* Thought I was clear. Maybe I wasn’t. Blame it on Shiraz?

    Re: Ebook readers and Kindles – This is a whole different argument entirely. The question here is, can you please all the people all the time? Of *course* not. And many people aren’t going to try, especially considering that Kindle still has to gain ground in the marketplace.

    It’s getting there. It isn’t there yet.

    Re: DRM – Down with acronyms. Spell it out for reader friendliness in an international world. Else you risk PJO and then HBYA and AHWBL.

    And you don’t want that to happen. 😀

    Of course, that’s totally hypocritical of me considering that PDF is an acronym. But that one is actually common knowledge and not jargon, so I forgive myself.

    @ Bamboo – I hear you on your preferences for print paper. I can’t say that I agree with the statement, “There’s inherently more value in having it printed on pages,” because value is very often subject to preference, market demand and other factors. Kind of like saying, “Blue is best.”

    Which it is, but you get my point :)

    Plus, if printed equaled value, that makes me wonder why I threw out (yes, I know, such taboo) four books last month because they were absolute garbage. Printed, too!

    Still, I’ll put one over the fence and side with you on the preference to print pages. I like something I can hold in my hand and not read off a screen.

    *Note to self: Ebooks hot topic. Research, write more. Great debate. Fun stuff.*
    .-= James Chartrand – Men with Pens´s last blog ..One Easy Way to Keep Your Blog Readers Happy – And Gain New Ones Fast =-.

  31. I think the conversation about price point is interesting. The price range on ebooks is sort of incredible and one I’m not quite sure how to figure out. Would like to see more info on that topic somewhere down the line.
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..3 Calculators to Revolutionize Your Copy Writing =-.

  32. PDF Ebooks provide a wealth of interactive possibilities for the electronic author. A designer can embed Flash, audio and video files into a PDF helping to immerse the reader into the author’s environment.

    Stripping away the design, as well as the interactive elements, doesn’t seem like an Ebook at all. It’s merely a text file.

    Anyone can create a text file. But not anyone can create a multimedia experience.

    It’s too bad that wireless handheld readers use the term Ebook. Perhaps those of us who create interactive PDFs can come up with a better name.

  33. Wow, this is one of those post that you want to bookmark and keep with your private stash of work that will make you a lot of money. I’ve been thinking about writing a ebook for a while now. But, I just did not have the guts to put pen to paper and do it. With this post I think I have a good start as to how to direct my thought and organize my ideas. Thanks so much.
    .-= Kenneth Elliott | Digital Book Reader´s last blog ..PSP e-book Reader =-.

  34. Cindy Cane says:

    Nice article.Thank you very much..I think it’s very helpful to improve ourselves..

  35. So many people have told me how they’d love to write an ebook but there are so many things that make them give up, like competition, not knowing what to write about or just plain being overwhelmed by the whole thing. Actually there are several ways to get around each of those things 😉

    Writing an ebook can be a lot of work but I look at it as a few weeks of hard work that can bring years of steady income.

    Anyway, nice post and some great tips :-)

  36. Hilarious read! I’m in the process of making my first eBook, and this post has really helped inspire me to keep going. A few times I was ready to just call it quits and give up. But, if I do that, I’ll never get it done.

    I have a lot of work ahead of me, and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do once I have it written. But I suppose it will all come in time.

    Thanks for the motivating post. I loved it!


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