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e-Publishing: Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks to smart phones, there is hardly anyone today, who hasn’t read the news or a post online. The world is moving more and more towards digitalization and that is what e-publishing is all about!

e-Publishing has opened a world of opportunity to not just traditional publishers but to anyone who wishes to publish books, articles or other types of literature in the form of digitized content.

Here are some FAQs answered to best understand what e-publishing is and how it can help you.

1. How is e-publishing different from print publishing?

“Like how daughters differ from mothers!”

In print publishing or traditional publishing, as it is commonly known, the end delivery is a physical product – a book or a magazine that you can hold in your hand and read. In contrast, in e-publishing, the end delivery is in the form of online files that can be read on a web browser or through apps or devices like tablets, Kindle or even on your smart phone.

2. Why e-publishing?

“Coz, don’t we all want books in our pockets?”

e-Publishing has many advantages over print publishing.

  • Access to read content on the go – read what you want, where you want and when you want!

  • Ability to restrict access to only authorized readers – cool isn’t it?

  • Live links within the files through which a reader can explore certain topics –improved reading and learning experience.

  • The magic of multimedia – helps you add graphs, audio files, videos, clips, images and what not to enhance content quality.

  • Easy to revise and update content you have created and published – well, with a printed book, it is all in black and white and can’t be taken back.

  • Easy retrieval of data – just search for a word and you have it in the blink of an eye!

  • Your content reaches several readers across the globe – at no extra effort!

  • Highly cost-effective – both for the publisher and for the reader.

  • Increased speed of delivery – forget the wait for printing and distribution.

  • And last but not the least – environment friendly too!

3. Who needs e-publishing?

“Both you and me! Surprising, isn’t it?”

Contrary to traditional or print publishing, anyone who wishes to create content digitally can use e-publishing. While it helps publishers (to increase their sales through better reachability to their readers), it also helps any one who wishes to self-publish content.  While we often do not realize it, most organizations, educational institutions and businesses alike produce and publish content on the digital media – from brochures to manuals to test papers to videos and ads. e-Publishing also helps in converting your printed content to an online version.

So, anyone who wants to publish or share content can use e-publishing.

4. Can I use e-publishing to publish only books?

“You can publish literally anything and everything, digitally! – that’s the magic of e-publishing”

Any content in the form of CD-ROMs and other storage devices like memory cards, pen drives and e-books, online journals, magazines, catalogues and brochures, directories on the web, online news sources, QR codes, audios, videos, transcripts, websites, apps, social media, emails and everything else on the internet, including this blog that you are now reading, can be published through e-publishing.

5. So, will e-publishing take over print publishing?

Well, who still runs the Earth? Mother!

As such, the world of learning is still dominated by printed material. One has to admit that the pleasure you get from holding a new book in your hand, the smell of the paper, that slight crackling sound as you turn pages cannot be replaced by content online. Hence, one can safely assume that print publishing is here to stay, at least until we have exhausted the Earth’s resources – of paper-producing trees. Even then, perhaps we will find means of creating synthetic paper! So, while there may be a declining trend in the number of books printed, print publishing and e-publishing are likely to go hand in hand.

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