There are many different platforms on which eBooks can be made and many different devices on which they can be read. Most eBook self-publishing platforms have a feature that allows you to display the eBook on many different devices, but among the most overlooked devices are mobile smartphones. If you come across a platform which allows you to create a mobile conversion of your eBook, choose that option. If your chosen company does not allow for that to happen, you should find one that can or get the eBook converted on your own.
Why It’s a Good Idea
Mobile web use has surpassed regular Internet use. People use their smartphones for everything, and there are many eReader apps available for mobile phones that allow people to read eBooks right on their cell phones. Not all of the apps are from big-name companies like Nook, Kindle, and iPad, which means if the reader chooses an application that your eBook doesn’t convert to, it won’t be able to download your book. To solve this problem, your eBook should be made for mobile devices.
The Downside and Upside of Mobile eBooks
The issue with mobile eBooks is that the screens on the phones are generally too small to read much text at once, and the battery life on phones is quickly depleted when using the eReader applications but still there are many positive things in using mobile phones as eReaders.
A book converted to mobile devices can offer a lot of interaction. For instance, if you write a kid’s book about three rubber ducks in a tub, you can create interactivity to make the ducks swim around, and you can also add sound effects. While you can do these for eReaders, it takes a longer time and is generally a more expensive process. If a person doesn’t want to carry an eReader and a phone, they can access their books on-the-go with their smartphones. This means you get more readers simply by allowing your eBook to be made in mobile format.
How You Can Do It Yourself
You can do this type of conversion yourself by choosing one of the top eBook self-publishing tools that allows you to do this as you self-publish your eBook to eReaders. You can also find some software online and complete the process yourself if you’re avoiding purchasing things from self-publishing companies. All you’ll need is the software and a little know-how to complete the conversion.
Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself
However, if you can avoid it, you should not do this type of conversion yourself. If you want an interactive eBook, that’s going to take some work, and, if you don’t know how to code the sounds and actions in a right way, you could mess it up. Instead of your rubber ducks squeaking, they may end up mooing! If you can, choose a platform that gives you this option upfront. There are many such platforms available, and most of them offer this tool at no additional cost.
Converting your eBook to a mobile format will allow you to reach customers who don’t have eReaders but may have an app for eBooks on their phones. Additionally, it allows you to do some pretty cool things with your eBooks at a cost-effective rate that you may not get with other self-publishing platforms. Mobility is the wave of the future, and it includes eReaders and eBooks too.