I have never owned a Kindle or any kind of eBook reader. have seen them from afar, but that’s it.
As far as reading content online… I work in IT, so almost everything I read is online. Granted, I haven’t seen any 1,000 page books online LOL but most manuals and guides I have read are online.
This website sells a couple of UI/UX books, and I think those come in an online format, or at least PDF, right?
In the past, I have read a lot of shorter guides that were web pages. Websites like Smashing would be a good example. I have also read a far amount of IT books that were PDF’s.
I love paper books, but going that route might be out of my reach financially, and if it was doable, it would kill profits.
If I split my book up into 25 chapters, each one being a “web page” of around 40 pages, is that so bad?
If it isn’t clear, I wrote a computer how-to guide, so one main reason my book is so long is that is it packed full of screen shots!! “Click here and you will see . Then type this, and click here, and you will now see …”
I don’t even think you could do that on something like a Kindle, right?!
I’m sorta confused why you and others think it is so foreign to have a how-to computer book as webpage, considering almost every computer tutorial I have read in the past 20 years has been online as web page (or web pages linked together).
Okay, so maybe “piracy” should NOT be the driver, but rather “usability” should be?!
So I should be on the right website if I need help making my book and content successful in terms of usability, right?!
I just come to the “uability” conclusion before reading what you just said.
I did not understand your Kindle comment.
Okay, look, let’s re-set the conversation…
If you were me, and you just wrote a 25 chapter, 1,000 page computer how-to book with a boat-load of screenshots and tables and ilustrations, and you wanted to sell it in a digital format, how would you tackle things??
For now, I will press “pause” on the whole piracy thing.
However, I will say that i do NOT want to get pigeon-holed into something specific like Kindle.
I want people on Macs and PCs and laptops and desktops (and possibly tablets) to be able to read my book in a comfortable way.
I am pretty certain that one format I want to try is a series of linked web pages on my website behind a paywall.
However, I am open to PDF’s, ePubs, and all that other stuff.
Somewhat out-of-scope for this website, but i would also consider doing a print book if it was attainable?!
A 1,000 page print book is exhausting!
Hint: You don’t read a book like that on the couch in a weekend.
You sit at a desk or with a laptop on yoru lap and you work though it in 21-30 days…
The book I wrote is mor elike a textbook for college, than a romance novel you’d read in bed.
Obviously I want it to be pleasurable to read, as well as being informative. But don’t kid yourself into thinking that reading it(and learning) won’t be work. And that is regardless of the book format!!
What does everyone else think?
Don’t be shy!
I could really sue some help here in making sure I go down the right path!!!