Publish and Be Entered To Win

Place an eBook or print book order during the month of November and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three awesome prizes courtesy of BookBaby:

  • 16GB 3rd generation iPad (with wi-fi)
  • 7-inch Kindle Fire HD
  • 7-inch new HD Nook
There are so many awesome reasons to be publishing books in November, what with the upcoming holidays and all. But here’s one more great reason: you could win a brand-new, eReader. Sounds like a great holiday season for you.

Ready to get published and be entered to win? Get started now.

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Let’s look at a couple headlines, shall we?

1) 19 books on a recent USA Today bestseller list sold more e-book copies than print. In fact, the list’s top six books all sold more e-versions than print versions. According to USA Today, it’s the first time the Top 50 list has had more than two titles in which the e-book sold more than the print copy.

2) 1 in 4 Americans own an eBook reader. Affordable eBook readers like the Nook and Kindle Fire sold like hotcakes in advance of Christmas, and now at least a quarter of the people in this country are reading eBooks.

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Kindle Under Christmas TreeeBook Readers have exploded and sales are skyrocketing. It’s an understatement to say that Santa’s bottomless sack of gifts is going to be heavy with Kindles and Nooks this year. According to Pew Internet Research:

“The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010.”

The end of this eReader craze is nowhere in sight. Some analysts project Amazon Fire sales to reach 5 million, while Amazon itself projects to sell at least 2 million of its new Amazon Fire and it hasn’t even been released yet. Not to mention the millions of Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers and other eReaders that will be carefully wrapped, nestled in stockings, and placed beneath dangling tree ornaments the world over.

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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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