The revolution in digital publishing means that there are now new platforms available to self publishers that make a welcome addition to the traditional hardback and paperback formats. POD companies require pdf file templates so the transformation of these into ebooks is an easy step. The growing use of mobile phones, PDAs, the Apple iPad and readers such as Amazon’s Kindle mean that these are in popular demand. To take advantage of these innovations it is now more important than ever for the new publisher to network with others in the book producing industry.
On 15th July there was a digital publishing drinks night at the Chocolate Bar in Soho that proved highly informative. It seems that the preferred industry ebook format is epub and this is utilised by most of the new mobile apparatus. Apparently there is little chance of your book being taken up by readers such as the iPad or Kindle unless it is in this format; but to be taken on by Apple for the iPad more hoops have to be jumped because it is necessary to deal with middle men and distributors without whom no negotiation can take place.