With a spate of new eReaders and tablets hitting the market, we thought it worth spelling out some of the features and specs of the major players to help you discern which is right for you – or at least help you figure out what the differences are. Bear in mind, there is no real apple-to-apple comparison here (no pun intended). eReaders have black and white “eInk” screens and are designed to be fairly basic – the introduction of the latest $79 Kindle is the best proof of that. Tablets, on the other hand, are designed to be something like a laptop in your palm – and can be used for reading, gaming, browsing, streaming, recording, and many other “-ings” to boot. In the end, your (and your readers’) preferences may be driven by your choice of book retailer as much as by the features of any given eReader.

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Last month was a big month for Kindle announcements. A new, lower-priced Kindle ($79 for the ad supported version, $109 for no ads), a Kindle Touch Wi-Fi ($99 with ads, $139 for no ads), a Kindle Touch Wi-Fi/3G ($149 with ads, $189 for no ads), and the Android-based Kindle Fire Tablet with color touch screen ($199) will all hit the market by November 15th, 2011.

The Kindle is likely to be the hottest selling item this holiday. It should also keep its place as the world’s best-selling e-reader.  Knowing these facts makes it all the more important to learn how to prepare your eBook for publishing on Kindle.

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Publishing a book is no longer the only way to get distributed worldwide. With eBook distribution available to everyone, getting your digital book on the "shelves" at Amazon.com and other major book retailers is pretty simple, once you have a book written and converted to the proper file format. BookBaby can help.

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Garth Risk Hallberg has written a funny piece for TheMillions.com about how some types of literature just won’t work on Kindle (or any other B&W reader). If you’re the type of writer who wants to go wild with images, colored fonts, interactive and tactile elements, or any other newfangled multi-media craziness, you’ll appreciate this entertaining list.

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With all the eBook devices and formats emerging, it can be somewhat confusing when preparing your book for eBook distribution.  There are three main file types currently associated with eBooks:

EPUB (.epub) – Short for “electronic publication,” this is the most popular open standard format for eBooks that allows DRM (digital rights management). It is also the format used with all the major retailers EXCEPT Amazon/Kindle. With EPUB, reflowable content ensures that text is displayed in the optimal manner for each eReader or smartphone device.

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