--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "K. C. Krueger"
> SF" <starfields@b... wrote:
> <snip>For information transmission, for example, writing an ebook is
> like writing hardcopy.
> Sentences are shorter, more information dense. There are far more
> graphics and illustrations, white space (it doesn't cost anything in
> epublishing and rests the eye), and the whole is designed for on screen
> reading from top to bottom.<snip>
> Interestingly, when I expressed this same sentiment to a well-known
> SF/Fantasy author, who's long been a proponent of independent electronic
> publishing, he almost literally blew me out of the water. He claimed
> the exigeancies of writing for print and electronic books were the same.
> When I disagreed with him, he actually accused me of prostituting my
> (In his defense, he's never read ebooks on a wireless device,
> particularly interested in doing so and appears to honestly believe
> As an author of fiction ebooks myself, I invested in several wireless
> ereading devices early on to see if there was, in fact, a difference
> my own perception of the two. And, oh yes, there most definitely is.
> wireless ereader screen, typos, sloppy editing and punctuation
> out like a sore thumb. So does poor writing, and the smaller the
> worse it gets.
> In a fiction ebook aimed at the PDA market, it is essential to keep the
> story moving. Shorter paragraphs and sentences are important too.
> The reason for this, frankly, is because the average ebook customer
> generally has access to an entire library on their device and can
surf to a
> different title in a matter of seconds. I know about this at first hand
> because I do it myself all the time. If a new title fails to hold my
> attention or I decide I don't like it, there's no problem. Since my
> investment is relatively minor, I've managed to accumulate quite a
> titles I've not only never finished reading, I probably never will.
> OTOH, the print customer is stuck with that one book wherever they
> be; in bed, on the couch or away from home. Should they change their
> and/or become bored with that particular title, they have to either
> physically go find a different one or do something else. This is one
> main reasons why authors get away with many more sins in a printed
> an electronic one. In other words, they have a captive audience.
> IMHO, if you're going to succeed as an ebook author, you not only
need to be
> a good writer with interesting subject matter, you must be absolutely
> meticulous about your editing and presentation.
> Last but not least, you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with
> and wireless ereaders from the POV of a consumer in the market at which
> you're aiming; because one of the most important axioms of *any* new
> business is that your first customer should be *you*.
> Freddie aka Kate Saundby
I'm 63 years old and a compulsive reader. We've lived in this house
There are stacks of books arounde the dining room, living room, and my
bedroom. There is a bookcase right beside my bed.
So I'm far from a captive audience.
Since a heart attack back in May, I spend most of my time at home.
I even have a book on top of the computer here (Actually 7 books at
Maybe this is why I prefer books with rapid action and not a lot of
description such as pulp fiction.