So You Want to Write a Book? Go eBook

eBooks have become the cyberspace phenomena over the last few years. They’re not exactly new as Acrobat’s PDF files of electronic or digitized books and manuals have been around since the advent of computers. You will remember CD-formatted eBooks used as free promotional giveaways during the late 90s.

But with new and engaging electronic reading devices like the Kindle and the iPad becoming so popular, every day that passes makes the electronic self-publishing eBook trend follow an inevitable path that will soon dominate the reason people visit the Internet.

But not to worry, the printed book publishing industry is not about to go into death throes, at least not in the near future. One can remain nostalgic about it in the same way music lovers have been with analog LPs despite the CDs and the MP3s.

While the printed books still have their following, the eBooks are about to bring critical mass into their existence to become the main source of reading material for the next generation. And it’s not just a fad for the following reasons:

eBooks are easy and inexpensive to produce
There’s no need for a book publisher, an agent, a printing press, paper stock, ink supply or a distributors. If you have a great idea for a book that can attract a large readership, the decent ability to write and put your message across and a PC with the right word processing application than can output in non-editable PDF or similar eBook file, you can publish your own eBook.

eBooks are easily obtainable online
Just do a Google search on the subject and you’ll find countless return pages of free eBook sites and commercial online eBook retailers that include Amazon, Barnes & Noble and torrent sites that are virtual digital libraries of nearly infinite book titles. You only need to search for a title you want or a topic and you have a list of books that, with just a click of your mouse, will download to your PC in seconds.

eBooks are easy to update
No need for a second edition printing run. You simply go back to your editable Word file, modify the text or graphics and save it as a new version of your titles in the same non-editable file format and you’re back in business. This makes eBooks grow with the times as fast as it should and makes perfect sense as school and collage textbooks that need regular updates. You can also create special section updates to add to or supercede chapters or sections in your earlier eBook publication and they can be offered as free eBooks to those who already purchased the first edition.

eBooks are interactive multimedia
You can have survey forms, order forms of other titles, hyperlinking to related websites for added info or for purely promotional purposes as well as using video, audio, animation, and the usual images to spice up your eBook that no printed book can offer.

eBooks allow complete creative control
There’s no need to deal with editors and publishers who think they know better than you do. There’s no need to make compromises on your eBooks and no haggling with designers over your cover. You have complete control over your creative work.

eBooks have the whole world as its market
Best of all, once you have it published online, you have the entire world with almost 1 Billion of them going online everyday, as your potential market.

Best EBook Reader Device – What Now For the Digital Book Readers

Digital book readers are thought by many to be in their infancy, but they have been around long enough to make the coming months make or break, for some eBook reader device manufacturers.

The competition in the digital book readers market is increasing month on month. The next generation of eBook readers are starting to hit the stores and are going to set the direction the market takes over the next two years. So where is the industry heading, which of the current crop will take you there and what can you do to reduce your exposure to this rapid change?

The predictions are that digital book readers will propel sales of digitally downloaded books over the next five years. Although the $14 million value of eBook sales is considered small fry, many leading industry analysts insist the enthusiasm show by consumers for green products will eventually lead to this sector overtaking the traditional method of purchasing.

This is backed up by the release, over the last few weeks and months, of a whole host of eBook reader devices. Sony, Barnes and Noble and Amazon Kindle have all put out their latest offerings to the public. You would have every right to think these models are going to take us forward and, to a certain extent, be good for the next few years.

Although you would expect that to be the case, we need to look a little bit deeper in to what’s happening on the fringes of the eBook reader device market to see this is not necessarily so.

Brandon Badger, Google Projects manager, recently commented on the blog, Inside Google Books, that Google would in the near future offer free digital delivery of their one million or so library of public domain ebooks published in the ePub file format, along with other formats. No great surprise there given the companies past history of forward thinking and the influence they hold over open standards.

This move signals the future, proprietary formats are dead. The e-publishing standard will be ePub because Big “G” says so and this spells bad news for a lot of digital book readers, the new Amazon Kindle included.

Sony have seen the future and so have Barnes and Noble, with their brand new, innovative, eBook reader device the Nook – yes I know but all the good names must have been taken up – as they both support the ePub standard. Some earlier devices, such as the Bebook, also have ePub format support, something that is now starting to play in to their hands and makes them still relevant to today’s market and so well worth looking into.

Customers, it seems, will no longer tolerate having their personal library tied to one make of reader. They want to shop about for their books online the same way they do in the high street or mall, they want to be able to get the best deal, and if a reader does not let them do that it will soon become a dinosaur.

The word on the “street” is that Apple are on the verge of entering this rapidly expanding market, with their own eBook reader device, and this could be sooner rather than later. Some say as soon as the end of this current year or early 2010, but as yet Apple are silent on the subject. Add to that the Plastic Logic device set for imminent release plus a Crunch Pad from tech blogger Rich Arrington and you can see the pressure mounting on the Kindle to maintain it’s position as “Top Dog”.

We will have to wait to discover if the models mentioned above have support for the ePub file format as details are sketchy at the moment, my guess is they will have to have it or they will regret the fact they don’t.

So what does all this mean to the digital eBook readers purchaser. The first thing is you are not going to be short of eBook reader devices to choose from’ that’s for sure. They will come and go, some will be good and some bad but as a buyer you need to choose from those digital eBook readers that support the new ePub standard. By doing so, you will open up a wonderful library of ebooks to choose from, both paid for and free, and mark my words, if your chosen eBook reader device doesn’t go down the ePub route then you’re going to be buying one that does fairly soon after.

Securing Your Rights With Digital Rights Management

Information technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the years providing people across the globe with multiple options to manage and handle their information and data online. However like any other field the Web is also prone to theft and burglary, called hacking in the IT terminology. It is therefore extremely necessary for you to find out some method of document security online to protect your valuable data and information.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) – an overview

Broadly speaking digital rights management or DRM as it is known as the tool through which as publisher or author of the work will control the rights of the purchaser on set terms and conditions. In fact it is one of the best methods for ensuring regulatory compliance. Rights exercised by the purchaser are effectively controlled under the system.

Traditionally the author of books and publications in the print industry used to regulate the rights of the purchaser using the Copy Rights Act or similar other legal methods. With the digitization of most of the works and publications to day, the focus has moved on to the digitalized control of the user’s rights. The exercise of rights has become more specific and easier with the digital system in place than through the copyrights in the print media.

Change of balance of power

During the last decade there has been a marked change of balance of power throughout the world. In the present day even the web content security has become a major problem which is required to be addressed affectively. In the past you had to find out a publisher to print a copied document. The possibility was remote since the publisher knew pretty well that he would be sued immediately under the copyrights Act. The print industry was physical and there were physical controls available.

The scenario has undergone a complete transformation with the introduction of the digital documents replacing the old time print documents. You can now copy documents on your PC at no cost and there is hardly any possibility of detection. Video and music piracy, stolen documents have become so common that without Digital Rights Management or DRM it may not be possible to protect web contents. File sharing and unlimited transmission facilities on the nets have further compounded the problem.

DRM – A critical feature

Thus Digital right management has become a critical issue in the world of Information Technology to day. So people are now tending to ensure web content security with copy protection software. Especially when you are building up your confidential database or transmitting some important information that you do not wish to be public, the DRM assumes a great significance.

It may be some contact information, legal contracts, analyst’s report, newsletter, or publications, both ordinary and pdf protection is highly essential for you. You have to prevent stealing, burglary and hacking and there is no alternative to digital rights management for you for accomplishment of such critical tasks. Your intellectual property requires protection and DRM provides you just the required capability to protect them.