How to Publish an Enhanced eBook

Steps to Publish an Awesome Enhanced eBook

The Wired article that I mentioned in my previous blog post brought up the crucial point about what publishers (whether authors or independents) need to decide when they have an enhanced eBook to sell.  Here’s a list of crucial steps to keep in mind once you’ve created your first embellished ebook:

1.  Be certain your delivery system can provide access to all mobile devices.
2.  Establish a social relationship with your reader.
3.  Guarantee that the multimedia you include actually enhances and does not distract from the story being told.
4.  Be certain your enhanced features are truly interactive and engaging to the reader.


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How to Accomplish the Steps

As to the first point, many big publishers have opted to create an app eBook to ensure that it will play on the most mobile devices.  Naturally, this works, but of course this option is quite expensive, and only the “big dogs” can really afford to take this route.  Independent authors and publishers, on the other hand, are always on the look-out for ways to deliver and sell their enhanced eBooks that are not so expensive.  These methods include using HTML5 coded websites where the reader can access the ePub3 formatted eBooks as well as creating or buying some type of eReader with a delivery system that will allow the reader to experience the multimedia without technical problems.  The second point is accomplished when the author and independent publisher use online social media to its best advantage.  The third point is assured when each video, audio and graphic is examined to be certain it adds to the deepening of the story or to an innovative way of talking with the characters involved in the story.  The final point is made when the interactivity is both engaging to the reader and also relevant to the plot of your story.

Common Mistakes

The common mistakes authors and publishers make when creating an enhanced eBook are the following:

1.  Not testing the eBook before it gets into the sales channels.

2.  Not preparing a preorder marketing plan before the release date.

3.  Not providing a way for the reader to complain or give feedback inside the eBook.

4.  Not providing any of proper 1-4 steps listed previously.

Being Proprietary is Not Being Flexible

The ways to create and deliver multimedia eBooks are slowly evolving.  Amazon just bought the Comixology platform, which means they want to provide an interactive experience inside their Kindle system.  Also, Apple has its iBooks platform.  However, the disadvantage to indie authors and publishers is that these “big dog” answers are all proprietary, giving the ultimate advantage to them and not to the author. 

We at EMRE Publishing have spent all our time creating a system that provides answers to all the points raised in this article.  In fact, we are offering a free access plan whereby the author and/or indie publisher can see how it works by doing it.  We know that unless our clients are assured that their creativity will be able to be delivered to the right audience, with the widest cross-platform mobile access, and the best interactive experience inside an eReader specially developed with flexibility and not proprietary profit in mind, then they will not stay with us.

CEO Jim Musgrave and wife Ellen

CEO Jim Musgrave and wife Ellen

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