One of my favorite things about the world we live in today is that the concept of the gatekeeper seems to be a thing of the past. When I was a little boy, I had a strange desire to share my thoughts with the world. A desire to reach out and communicate to the world around me. I know that might come as a shock to some of you.
I remember the first time I called into a local radio station and requested a song and they played my voice over the radio waves. From that point on, I was hooked! I remember getting excited about the Mr. Microphone as a kid as well. The problem was that I really wanted to have my own radio show when I was a kid. However, the chances of that happening were a near impossibility. So what did I do? I looked for other avenues that would allow for me to do what was in my heart. I turned to the CB Radio. Within a week of owning my first CB Radio, I had launched a daily show during the evening. I was able to grow a sizable audience of other folks who shared my interest and passions within the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area that would tune into CB Channel 32 every night at the same time.
Today, any young boy or girl who has a dream of being on the radio one day is not dreaming big enough. Any child with a laptop can create their own audio podcast and immediately be accessible to the entire world. My daughter, Meagan, is only 10 years old and has a podcast with more than 32,000 subscribers.
This blog post however, is about BOOKS. A few years back, it became possible for folks to self-publish their books with print- on- demand services like LuLu.com. This, in my mind is like the CB Radio of the book publishing industry. While it is possible to get self published books on services like Amazon.com, they are still not as accessible as when you get the go ahead from the “gatekeepers” in the book publishing industry.
I believe that with the launch of the iPad and the fact that the new iBooks app works “pretty easily” with EPUB format, that we are a few steps closer to the day when the gatekeepers of the book publishing industry have no more power to keep us from sharing our message with the world as the program director of any radio station. On top of this, the iBooks application is going to be made available on all iPhones 3G and newer. This means that if you have an eBook in EPUB format, you could sell it from your website and anyone with an iPhone 3G or newer or an iPad, could simply download your eBook, drag it into their iTunes, and then sync it to their device and begin reading it immediately on their iPad. That's MILLIONS and MILLIONS of people that can now consume your book content within seconds of purchase.
I am sure that at some point, if it's not here already, you'll be able to submit your EPUB eBook to the iBook Store just like we can submit our podcasts to the iTunes Store today. Do you see how big this is? Sure, the EPUB format has been around for some time. Sure, there have already been a lot of desktop and mobile devices that have been able to read these formats. However, most people would agree that the iPhone is certainly a mainstream device and anyone who owns an iPad knows that this device will be just as big.
I am a podcaster at heart. I love sharing my thoughts in audio form the most. However, I know that I have several “books” within me. I'll eventually get around to publishing a few. It's nice to know that when I'm ready to do so, I'll likely have access to millions of people around the world who could easily find my book with a quick search on my niche topic.
Are you ready to publish a book – an EPUB eBook today? There are some editing solutions available to you today!
Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com): is multi-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) conversion tool that is available for free. It allows you to covert several different formats into the EPUB format.
Feedbooks (http://feedbooks.com): As a service, Feedbooks is a unique solution for e-books: it provides an easy way to find, publish and distribute e-books in a large number of formats, while focusing on creating the best experience for e-books.
Adobe InDesign (http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/): Software that provides precise control over typography and built-in creative tools for designing, and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices. Include interactivity, animation, video, and sound in page layouts to fully engage readers.
- Stanza Desktop (http://stanza.lexcycle.com)
- Easy EPUB (http://www.easypress.com/products/aqpep/)
- Simply Google “EPUB Creator Software“
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