The move to digital content is accelerating

I was working on a post today about ebook apps and I noticed an error in my assumptions which I thought might interest you.

If you’d asked me this time last year, I would have told you that there were certain types of books which weren’t practical to convert to ebooks. For example, coffee table books with their large images, complex formatting, etc, would never work on the Kindle or other epaper ereaders. (They’d work on the iPad and tablets, but this time last year tablets and the iPad weren’t as important as they are now.)

I might have been wrong then, but I an certainly wrong now. It’s a lot easier to make coffee table books for the iPad now. You can now use the Baker and Laker frameworks as the basis for your app, and Apple have enabled a full screen option for iBooks. Before this new option, iBooks forced you into a basic page layout which precluded complex formatting and full screen images. Now you can do a full screen  image like you would see in a coffee table book.

If you’d like to see an example of a coffee table book on the iPad, check out Liz Castro’s Barcelona: Beyond Gaudi. I can’t find it in iTunes just yet, so you’ll need to get it here.

My point here is that if there’s a type of book that you believe can’t be made into an ebook, wait 6 months then it will be doable. Wait another 6 months and it will be common.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. P A Wilson8 June, 2011

    Another example of never say never. Argh!!!

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