If you’re on the fence about e-book publishing, this might be the year to pick a side. There are recent developments in the e-book publishing world that could be a boom for self-publishing authors who’ve taken advantage of the ongoing growth in that market.
Namely, Amazon has stepped up its game over the last couple years. The online marketplace and bookselling giant is dangling the proverbial carrot to book buyers with the introduction of new technology and the reintroduction of a popular e-reading device.
Here, we discuss a few developments at Amazon that may convince you to hop on the e-book bandwagon:
- The Amazon 3D smartphone. We don’t toss around the term “game-changer” lightly, but the release of Amazon Fire Smartphone is just that. The 3D interface is attractive and responsive, reportedly using face- and eye-tracking software to help readers navigate around the page.
- The return of Amazon Kindle DX. The 9.7-inch E Ink reader is back and better than ever, boasting updated software and an attractive $199 price tag. The device includes WiFi and 3G connections, built-in stereo speakers and 3.5mm jack, and enough room to download up to 3,500 books.
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. Pitted against the iPad Mini, this 8.9-inch tablet is a less expensive option than any Apple device at a paltry $379 and can do most of the same things. With the right apps, this so-called “productivity machine” not only displays ebooks beautifully, but also takes handwritten and typed notes, among other functions.
New and cheaper devices means more readers have, and will continue, to join the e-book revolution, making 2015 the perfect time to get your book on the e-book market!