This past weekend the San Diego chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators held a symposium titled Self-Publishing: How it Works and I was one of five panelists. I focused my presentation on what I consider to be the key differences between traditional, i.e. reflowable, eBooks and publishing eBooks for children.
I’ve posted the slides on Slideshare and they should be visible below as well. What are not covered in the slides are some key points unique to children’s books that I made in my talk. Those are:
- Children’s illustrated books are better when programmed as fixed layout eBooks.
- Production values like audio and animation can greatly increase the cost of a fixed format, children’s eBook.
- Fixed layout eBooks must be designed for specific devices, or device families.
- Although the market for eBook editions of children’s books is growing, many readers still prefer print editions.
- This means indie authors should focus their investment on just one or two leading eBook retailers.
I know this is brief so don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.