Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received several queries about ebook formats.
Writers want to know which format to choose for their ebook: PDF, Kindle, other ebook formats… There’s a lot of confusion around.
Use the format with which you’re most comfortable, and which will be most useful for your readers.
“Useful” is the operative word.
Choose PDF format, if…
Choose PDF format if your readers will be using the material on their computer. Most of my writing guides are in PDF, because I know readers will be using the material on a computer. They’re guides, and references, meant to be open as you’re implementing the information.
Choose Kindle format, if…
Choose Kindle format if your material is entertainment (you’re writing novels, or short stories). Or if your readers don’t need to be working on their computers to get the most value from your material.
Choose other ebook formats if…
Smashwords is your solution if you want your ebooks to be read on the Apple iBookstore, on Barnes and Noble, and on the Sony Reader. (It’s free.)
OK, don’t panic. 🙂
Your first step is to write your ebook. Then publish it to the format which seems most appropriate for the material. Once it’s up and selling, your readers will tell you what they need.
You’ve already got everything you need
Got MS Word? You’re golden. If you don’t have MS Word, get one of the freebie word processors which create MS Word documents. Open Office is excellent, and it’s multi-platform.