I posted this on January 19, 2016 on my blogger site – but nothing seems to have changed in the past two years, so here it is again. I would note that I have since also added audio to two of my books in the iBooks Store (the only place that easily allows for multimedia: a book of poetry: Plain Words and a Romance novella: The Bench by the River
1. a new self publishing advice destination: Hotsheet
This handy item provides indie authors with quick summaries of things to watch for in the digital publishing world – so you do not have to google around the net looking. It is produced by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson.
2. Audio books. Apparently audio books are booming (no pun intended). This idea has been stewing in my brain for a while. As it is, I have included audio in my multimedia experimental book, The Man who fell from the Sky
3. Most importantly, mobile devices: More and more readers of eBooks are doing so on their so-called smartphones. Rather than reading on a Kindle, or a Nook, for example, people are reading books on their phones. Myself I have these apps on my iPhone: Kobo, iBooks, Kindle, Wattpad, Indigo, Gutenberg Pro, Goodreads, Bluefire and the Internet Archive. The advice at the very end of the podcast was to revamp your web page to be sure it is easily readable on a mobile device. Already I test my experimental ebook on my iPhone rather than an iPad or laptop.
PostScript: I say ‘so-called smartphones’ because in reality a ‘smartphone’ is a pocket computer that has the capability of making telephone calls – but fewer and fewer people are using these devices as phones. Most often they are used as computers.