In the past couple of months I've had several people ask if I planned to release an ebook version of Freeform Peyote Beading. Originally I had resisted for two reasons. One, the interior PDF for the print version, at 100.6MB, is far too large for easy download. Recently it occurred to me that I could go back and resize all of the images for the web to 72dpi instead of 300. Between that and the formatting differences between ePub and PDF, (I think I'll have to manually pull everything out off InDesign) I could reduce the file size considerably, so that's less of a concern.
My larger question is do people purchase books of this nature in a digital format? I've always preferred the hardcopy myself for craft books. Last month I purchased my first digital craft book 'The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making' so I could see how someone else handled the transition. They seem to include only one or two photos per page. I really ought to track down a print copy so I can compare the two versions.
This would be my first time converting a book for e-publication, but I'm guessing it will take a fair bit of concerted effort. So I thought I'd try and tap into the collective wisdom of the Internet and ask for general feedback before committing to the project.
- Have you purchased ebook versions of any craft books (and if you haven't, would you consider it)?
- What do you expect from a digital book of this nature?
- Do you have a favorite craft ebook? What in particular do you love about it?
- What Ebook readers do you use most often? Why do you prefer that reader/format?
- Any other suggestions, advice or things I should consider?
Thanks in advance! And I will definitely let you know what I decide.