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A question about writing ebooks.

  1. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    Is it advisable to have an ebook reader before writing an ebook? I've never used one, I'm not sure if that matters. Any advice would be great.

    1. rfmoran profile image90
      rfmoranposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think it's important at all. In a book, it's always the content that is important. I do most of my reading on my Kindle. It's just a delivery mechanism for the same stuff: the written word.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    I wouldn't hurt but it is hardly a requirement.  I read ebooks on my computer for years before I ever got a reader.

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Shows how little I know, I thought you had to have the reader. Doh! Thank you.

  3. SimeyC profile image99
    SimeyCposted 5 years ago

    You can always download a free Kindle eReader....

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'll look into that, thanks.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image97
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Simey is right - I have the Kindle App on my iPad, and boy, do I ever use it (the app is free, books, well, that was another deal!). 

        FYI - I found several free or fairly cheap books in the Amazon Kindle store about epublishing for various platforms. It looks fairly easy - and much less hassle than trolling for a publisher.

        Check out the success story of Amanda Hocking, who became a sensation with her ebooks and has gotten rich. She writes 'paranormal' books geared for teens, and was, I believe, rejected by 'real' publishers.  Here's a link about her:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Hocking

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    zampanoposted 5 years ago

    And think about all material that falls into public domain, you can inspire from

  5. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    That's great, Marcy, thanks. I've read a bit about it, but maybe not enough.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    It helps to check your formatting to have an ebook reader. But it can just be the program as some have mentioned.

  7. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Smashwords has some excellent resources for publishing ebooks. Prepare for loooooots of reading and getting oneself educated.

  8. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 5 years ago

    You can download nook and kindle to any computer or mobile device! Yay!

    Also, Amazon has a special reader that you can download to proofread your book.

    I am sure that the other big e-book publishing platforms have some kind of reader that allows you to give your book a good proofreading before you publish.

    For print books: You must buy a proof copy and proofread it thoroughly before you order more print copies.

  9. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    Well, I'll rethink my Christmas list. Thanks for the info. I was a bit concerned that trying to write an ebook without having read one sounded daft, but reading them seems much less hassle now.

  10. seicheprey profile image62
    seichepreyposted 5 years ago

    Hello, I'd say no.  When you write your story set your document to do automatic indentations for your paragraphs, and make sure that you type in a document that is preferred by whatever place you seek to be published in (Kindle, Nook, etc.).  Once you're typed, edited and ready to go, you simply upload the document and on Kindle and Nook you can preview your document prior to making it 'live.'

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago

    I don't own an ebook reader. I've published more ebooks than I can count.

    All sites provide the software to check out your ebooks.

  12. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the replies here, good news as far as I'm concerned. I appreciate the input.

  13. seicheprey profile image62
    seichepreyposted 5 years ago

    Not a problem, good luck with it!

  14. Esmeowl12 profile image73
    Esmeowl12posted 5 years ago

    When I was preparing my book for e-book publication I did not have an e-book. When I published it at Smashwords last January, I had an e-book (got it for Christmas 2011). It was helpful but I don't think it's necessary.

  15. darkside profile image82
    darksideposted 5 years ago

    I'm glad that I've got the actual device. It just feels right to test it out on the Kindle.