ePub3 in the Year 2017: Will Authors and Readers Enjoy Multimedia?

Mobile Publishing ePub3

Read what indie authors need to know for 2017.

As a publisher and independent author, I’ve established my company to serve fellow indie authors.  I’ve realized (mostly through trial and error) that the best way to publish and distribute an indie title is to do most of the preparation of my work (what publishers call “prepress”) on my own.  This saves you a hell of a lot of up-front costs so you’re free to put most of your money and effort where it counts:  marketing and promotion.

That being said, I also provide authors with https://emrepublishing.com/digital-prepress-services/ editing and prepress services, as well as eBook conversions https://emrepublishing.com/ebook-conversion-services/.  However, most of my business is all about getting the indie author’s titles out there in the hands of readers.  My three services are very reasonably priced, but it’s the way my services allow authors to market directly to their audience that sets my mobile publishing web app apart from the competition.  Instead of forcing my authors to do their publishing through me, as most of the big outfits do, I turn the keys of publishing over to the indie author.  In other words, they get installed on their server my Embellisher mobile publishing system https://emrepublishing.com/downloads/standard-embellisher-tm-mobile-publishing-platform/ (5 years in the making; based on the innovative ePub3 code of the Readium Project) for only $40 (1 year license, $10 for each year thereafter).  This is the best direct marketing tool for indie authors because you can harvest email addresses of your ePub3 eReader installers, and also publish your stuff directly and instantly to them through their mobile device.  You can also use our creator studio https://emrepublishing.com/embellisher-ereader/ to do your development of eBook titles and the marketing of your eBooks (including sales with Stripe Payment Gateway included) directly to your reader.

This method is innovative in that no other system allows an independent author to work independently (on their own website) and to collect 100% of the hard-earned price they affix on their merchandise–their eBooks.  In my opinion, mobile publishing is the future of B2C (business to consumer) eBook publishing, and you can afford $40 to give it a shot, can’t you?  Our installation for the non-branded version of the Embellisher is a do-it-yourself package downloadable from my website after you pay.  If you want our developer to do the installation, it won’t cost you much.

Vearsa ePub3

My other two services are also aimed at indies who can’t get all the advantages of being with a publisher.  I was published by Harcourt-Brace Professional in the 1990s, and my experience with them made me want to become a publisher on my own.  Why?  Besides the fact that I lost out on a ton of royalties, I wanted to put my own marketing touches into the effort and collect the 100% of the price of the book (that I thought I deserved, being the blatant capitalist that I was).  Thus, my second service https://emrepublishing.com/downloads/worldwide-ebook-distribution-vearsa/ is to offer my authors (for $50 each) a chance at distributing their eBooks for sale worldwide through Vearsa https://vearsa.com/.  This isn’t the BookBaby rip-off, where they promise that you’re being sold to 100 retailers, when in fact, if you were being sold through all the outlets they claim are being distributed to, the retailers would be refusing to offer your book for sale in their store, much less give you 86% royalty.  No.  My offer gives authors access to over 1,000 online stores around the world, over 65,000 libraries, and publishing privileges in over 100 countries.

The key is that I give my authors their own “imprint” under my publisher umbrella.  This is like some big publisher saying, “Hey, let me set you up, author, with your own private label and distribution network, and you can fix the price and you can collect most of the royalties (less the retailer’s cut).”  My authors punch in their metadata on the form I give them (a crucial part of eBook marketing!), affix their ISBN, and upload their copy to my Dropbox.  I then upload your metadata form and copy of your eBook (in .pdf, .epub, .epub3, and .mobi) to the Vearsa website, and you get all the advantages of having multiple listing genres (not possible for indie authors on their own–as wise indie authors know from working with places like Amazon KDP), and they can also do eBook sales, targeting of certain book stores (and countries) because I will give them an analytics reading they can use to these kinds of marketing adventures.

The third service I offer is to provide print-on-demand services https://emrepublishing.com/downloads/embellisher-diy-installation-print-demand-sales-option/ through Amazon’s Createspace.  They establish an account there, and I can do all the “heavy lifting” if needed (editing, interior layout, cover design).  However, since most of my authors are professionals, they have already had their work edited and designed, and all they need is some help getting it uploaded properly so they can collect from their marketing of the POD through their Embellisher platform.  I also provide in this package an epub copy of an “Author Tour and Book Launch Template” that can be used inside the Embellisher to do pre-publication marketing to stir-up business directly with your readers.  Without prepress or editing services, this will cost only $55.

So, if you’re ready to do the real work of getting your titles read and purchased by your readers, then you might consider my options.  Why shouldn’t you sell directly to your audience and collect 100% of the royalties?  Don’t you deserve it?

In point of fact, you can now establish a free account https://emrepublishing.com/creator/ inside our ePub3 Creator Studio, and see how it all works from the eBook developer’s angle.  It is my contention that once we have quality ePub3 books out there for our readers to “experience” then their popularity will increase exponentially.  This is especially true for books in the non-fiction arena.  Leadership, education and self-help genres can most benefit from ePub3 formatting.  eBooks now have to contend with augmented and virtual reality technology.  In fact, you can insert VR videos inside your work in our ePub3 Creator Studio.

The tools I would like eBook creators to “play with” are the “insert story” https://vimeo.com/188600846 and other interactive components.  This tool and others are available in the enhanced version of our ePub3 Creator Studio for $40 https://emrepublishing.com/downloads/standard-embellisher-tm-mobile-publishing-platform/.  Our studio even allows a developer to include Javascript, which is the heart of interactivity in the world of eBooks.  In fact, besides our eReader (based on the Readium Project’s eReader) only the Gideon eReader and iPads can view ePub3 eBooks using javascript.  Any content developer will tell you that unless you have javascript, you can’t do the cool things inside your digital book such as forms, pop-ups, animations, and other interactive elements http://ebookarchitects.com/learn-about-ebooks/enhanced-ebooks/.

I would, in fact, suggest that you plan your ePub3 formatted eBook very carefully.  We can provide you with an ePub3 (or standard eBook) designer https://emrepublishing.com/ebook-conversion-services/.  You really need somebody who can work with you to implement the features you want to include inside your innovative publication http://digitalpublishing101.com/digital-publishing-101/production/hiring-ebook-designers/.  I, of course, don’t care if you hire somebody on your own, and you can do that if you talk to the folks who belong to the Readium Project.

As a creator myself, what I’m most concerned with is the fact that non-technical but highly creative folks can see their visions come alive by working with a competent developer.  I worked with my developer for five years in order to create the code for the Embellisher.  We suggest that you can best implement your creativity by partnering with an ePub3 coder who can maximize your ideas on the page for the reader.

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