I have a confession to make.
I don’t read ebooks.
Oh, sure, I read PDF’s of stories and skim free books on my computer from time-to-time, but for the most part, “reading” books that way, to me, is something to be reserved for candy books. You know, fluff. And I don’t buy a lot of fluff these days. That has more to do with money and time management than anything else. I used to have a lot more books. But the more books I have, the fewer I read. They become overwhelming. It’s a vicious cycle.
But back to the PSA.
I realize that an increasing number of folks prefer their books in ebook format these days. I got numerous angry emails from folks prior to the release of the digital version of God’s War telling me that I was losing all the money they wanted to give me (royalties on ebooks are actually pretty good with my publisher) because there wasn’t yet a digital version out. After it became available, I got more angry emails from folks telling me about every formatting error, which they were surprised “weren’t caught by your copyeditor.”
That comment alone said a lot about how behind everybody is when it comes to thinking about and creating ebooks. My copyeditor does not, I believe, know HTML. And even if he did, checking HTML for my publisher’s ebooks does not appear to be one of his moonlighting jobs. But whose job, exactly, IS it at a publishing house to check ebook formatting? Is this a job title as yet? How many people actually have it? (more…)Read More...