Thursday, March 31, 2011

E-book adventures: Raggedy Chan goes digital

After much research and consideration, I've decided to make Raggedy Chan into an e-book.

You'd think this decision would be a no-brainer. Turning stories into e-books and getting them uploaded to Kindle and Nook is an easy process that can be accomplished in less than a week. It's a great way to make your writing available to people everywhere.

My biggest hurdle? The 40+ beautiful full color illustrations in Raggedy Chan. Most e-readers are black and white. There are some new color e-readers, but the majority of the book e-reader experience is black and white. And from what I hear from other authors, illustrations often don't translate well into e-books. And to me, the layout of the illustrated Raggedy Chan is such an integral part of the story's experience; and with e-readers, artistic layouts go out the window. Part of the appeal of an e-reader is that you can pick your own font and your own font size.

It's only recently that I began playing with the idea of turning Raggedy Chan into a text-only book. It was a bit of a painful process for me, mostly because I am emotionally attached to every single picture in that book. But in the end I decided that it was more important to have the story available as an e-book without pictures, than not having it available at all. And maybe somewhere down the line there will be a viable way to make it available as an e-book illustrations. But for now, I'm forging ahead with text only.

I'm pretty foreign to the e-book world. I don't own an e-reader (yet). It's obvious to me that e-books are an ever-growing segment of the market, and I want to make sure I'm part of it. I love the idea of my book being available to people everywhere.

I'll be documenting the process for any of you who are interested in what it takes to go from Word doc to e-book.

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