Indypub: Ebook Checklist

Something you learn about editing:  checklists are good.  No matter how many times you think you’ve looked at something, unless it’s marked off on your checklist, you probably haven’t looked at it that one last time that it needed to be looked at.

I had to get this down quick because someone asked for it, but I’ll put it in the editing series again when I get that far.

Here’s my current building-an-ebook checklist, the short version:

  • Ensure content is complete, content-edited, and copy-edited.
  • Build draft cover.
  • Write short/long blurbs and tagline (if any).
  • Update cover with tagline, if any, and finalize.
  • Add cover, content, and blurbs to Smashwords version.
  • Add cover credits to Smashwords version.
  • Add Read More content to Smashwords version, including cover, blurb, and content.
  • Add any additional content (story notes, nerdy explanatory text, cute puppy pictures).
  • Scan through ebook to make sure that all content is present.
  • Check links.
  • Check to make sure no hidden links were added during link checking (uncheck the box and recheck).
  • Check typesetting.
  • Check formatting/layout.
  • Spell check.
  • Proofread.
  • Check for a couple of typesetting mistakes I often make while proofreading.
  • Spell check again.
  • Sanity check for big uglies in formatting.
  • Declare Smashwords version final and save a backup copy.
  • Save new version for XHTML versions.
  • Strip out images, extra hard returns before chapter breaks.
  • Flag italics/bold so they’re easier to convert.
  • Convert to text file.
  • Format for XHTML.
  • Insert into XHTML template and convert to .html file.
  • Test .html file.
  • Sanity check for .html file.
  • Convert using Calibre into .epub/.mobi formats.
  • (If it’s my book, read in bathtub and note any last-minute stuff, doing spell check and check for common errors afterwards.)
  • Sanity check Calibre formats, including testing all links.
  • Post on various sites, and sanity-check conversions, including links.

I haven’t had a project yet where I didn’t have to do a Smashwords version, but I think if that were the case, I’d still put everything together as a word document first, so I can visualize it better.  I just wouldn’t have to do a bunch of formatting stuff to it.  Eagerly awaiting the day when Smashwords will let you uploat .epubs and .mobis and not have to use Meatgrinder.  It’s good at what it does, but…we ask it to do more than is possible, really.

Indypub: Basics of Ebook Design and Formatting

This came up with one of my clients recently. I hadn’t realized that this was stuff my clients wouldn’t know, but some of them are just starting out in ebooks, so I thought I’d put it in a more coherent format, to help me think it through.

Ebooks are different than print books; they’re even different than the PDFs that you may have been putting up on your website as loss leaders for your other products.

The same things that can make a book or PDF successful and attractive to look at can make an ebook extremely difficult and annoying to read as an ebook.  While ebooks can be read on a computer, they are designed to be read on the much smaller screens of Kindles, iPhones, and other ereaders and smart phones.

For example, if you have a lot of indenting in a book, with multiple sets of indents, this can cause problems on a teeny tiny iPhone, leaving a column of words 5 or 6 letters long at some points.

If you have a lot of different font sizes in a PDF, with some at 22 and some at 12, this can be extremely difficult to read on a phone, where you can set the font size as big as you want it:  that 22 size font might fit only 3 letters on a screen, at some settings.

If you have a lot of colored text in a PDF, the effect can be lost on a black-and-white ereader.

If you have an unusual font, the ereader or smart replace the font with something else entirely…it’s all up to the reader.

The main things to keep in mind are:

  • People will read your ebook on all kinds of devices, from PCs with 20-inch monitors to 3-inch smartphone screens, in color or black and white, using all kinds of diffferent software.
  • The simpler your ebook design is, the better.
  • Follow the guidelines at Smashwords or wherever you’re submitting ebooks, or your readers will have problems.  If you’re having the conversion done and selling the ebooks directly on your site, use the same guidelines to start with–your readers will have most of the same issues regardless.
  • Test you ebook on several devices, in several formats.
  • Cover images must look good at full screen size, ereader size, smart phone size, and the teensy tiny list view on Amazon.com size.

Overall, the best thing you can do to get a feel for good ebook design is to get an ebook reader or a smart phone and use it to find, download, and read ebooks.  You don’t have to cover all the formats, but you will get a far better idea of what your readers experience–what’s annoying, what’s helpful, and what’s worth your time to do.


Indypub: Roadmap

I get to talk at the Pikes Peak Romance Writers about indie publishing on October 23, and I’m trying to brainstorm a handout.

Here’s a draft…

 

Want to put up an ebook but don’t know how?  (Or just want more facts before you make up your mind?) Here are the bare minimum steps you need to consider when self-publishing an ebook:

  1. Material. Short stories that are not under an exclusive contact with their publisher are probably ideal (they’ve already been edited). However, any story to which you own the rights will work.  If you don’t know if you have rights to your story, please read The Copyright Handbook by Stephen Fishman at Nolo Press. (Nolo Press = lots of good business of freelancing books.)
  2. Freelance Writing Business. Even if you are not going to be a full-time freelancer, you need to set up your business to help prevent IRS issues and other problems. See Nolo’s checklist, “Start Your Own Business: 50 Things You’ll Need to Do.” You will not need to do most of the things on the list. You may want to consider setting up a small press; see Dean Wesley Smith’s Think Like a Publisher series to help clarify the issue.  You can decide to be a small publisher later; however, simplify your life by setting your writing business up first.
  3. Marketing. 1) Author website. 2) Social media like Twitter or Facebook (I love Goodreads, too). 3) Keep an eye out for reviewers; expect to send them FREE copies.  Someone recommended the list at Step-by-Step Self-Publishing, and I’m going to use it on the next book. 4) Specialty markets relevant to your specific book – e.g., fishing websites if you’re selling a fishing murder mystery. 5) Local writer groups = word of mouth.
  4. Editing. If you know how to edit and are confident in doing so, you can edit your own stuff.  If not, get editing, by hook or by crook. Think of it like hiring a babysitter and ask around; if you’re on social media, you can put out the call that way, too. (I’m a former tech editor, so I do my own on most things–although I have something coming up that I plan to hire an editor for, because it’s outside my usual genres.)
  5. Formatting. Read the Smashwords Style Guide.  Follow it.  As you become more advanced (or if you already have the skills), you may want to do the formatting directly in HTML; that’s beyond the scope of this blog.
  6. Cover. Create a cover using images for which you have the rights, either 1) your own private images or 2) images that you have obtained from a stock photo company or have a signed contract from the artist.  Do not do an Internet search for images that can be modified; just because it has that label doesn’t mean that you have the right to do so without contacting the artist.  I use Dreamstime, then modify the images to add design elements, title, author, and tagline information using GIMP or Scribus.  Look at the cover sizes at Smashwords: your cover must look readable & interesting at teensy size.
  7. E-Publishing. I recommend publishing at Smashwords, which feeds to all kinds of other sites, like Sony and Apple.  I also publish directly at Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and PubIt! (Barnes & Noble). IF you follow the Smashwords style guide but remove all references to Smashwords from your ebooks, you can use essentially the same files to publish to PubIt! and KDP.  There are more advanced ways to do this, but this will get the job done. You can publish at B&N and Amazon via Smashwords, but SW always takes forever to report sales that aren’t from Smashwords, and B&N/Amazon are not too terribly high on the learning curve.  If you do publish at all three sites, make sure you turn off the Distribution Channel Manager for those two channels, of B&N/Amazon might get annoyed at having two copies of everything.
  8. Validating. After you have published, check your files and decide whether you can live with any weirdness.
  9. Announcement. Announce publication via any marketing you have set up.
  10. Patience.I hate being patient.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.  Least favorite part of the whole thing.

TIPS:

  • DRM or not?  I do not. In a digital age, I am more afraid of being ignored than copied.
  • Pseudonyms or not? I do, mostly because I don’t want kids to unintentionally read my adult work.  This causes problems: 1) I had to set up as a small publisher, to keep things at least somewhat organized, which has its own headaches; 2) You have to do all your marketing efforts all over again for each pseudonym AND for the small publisher; 3) Building a reputation is that much slower, because you’re splitting up your writing time between authors.
  • Will I sell a million copies? No.  From what I hear, things start to take off when you have about 25-35 things (short stories, etc.) posted.  PER AUTHOR.  If you go by DWS’s estimates (from the Think Like a Publisher series, above), ~5 copies/short story or collection/month, ~25 copies/novel/month.  AFTER you have those 25-35 things up.  I’m not seeing it yet.
  • What if I mess something up? You will.  Take the story down, fix it, and repost.
  • Can I sell a story if it’s online elsewhere for free? Yes, if you have the rights.  Ebook cover/format = value added.
  • POD or not? Get comfy with epublishing first.  POD is fun but probably won’t make you any money, unless you’re really good at marketing.  Personally, I LOVE IT!  I’m currently using CreateSpace.  I suggest doing a few gift books first to get a feel for it, and read up on how to lay out professional-looking interiors.
  • Will big publishers hate me for being an indie writer? This should not be a problem UNTIL you are offered a contract.  If so, read the fine print very, very carefully to ensure that you can live with their requirements: they may stipulate that you have to stop epublishing anything under the same name or that will compete with whatever you’re publishing with them.  I would check out The Passive Voice blog, written by a lawyer whose wife is indie publishing.  He has some really good caveats and is available to review writer contracts.  Laura Resnick also has good information about this.
  • Should I epublish or submit to markets (novel publishers, agent, short story, or otherwise)? I try to keep one foot in each world and have submissions going to short story and novel publishers all the time.  As I feel satisfied that I’ve been rejected from the markets I want most to get into, I epublish.  I also epublish stuff that’s been published and I have the rights back on.
  • AM I A GOOD ENOUGH WRITER TO DO THIS? Only you can answer that question. I have an ebook up about writing, failing, and getting better at it: How to Fail & Keep on Writing.  My personal rule of thumb was that if I was getting published with short stories (for money), then I was writing well enough to epublish, too.  However, I have a goal to write a story a week, so I have a lot of stories out there; YMMV.  If readers are buying your stories: you are writing well enough to epublish; sometimes the only way to find this out is to throw the story out there and let the readers decide.
  • More questions? Follow other authors who are indie publishing; we talk about our trials and tribulations all the time.  Like me! I have posts about publishing, editing, etc. up here all the time–lots of good stuff in my archives.

Anything I’m missing for first-time epublishers?  This is a front-back, one-page handout.  Is this too much?

Indypub: Publishing Speed

As an indie publisher, how fast should you publish books?

For some reason, this has been a big hangup for me, mostly subconscious.  I have eight books that are written (plus two short story collections) and can be published.  They still need to be edited, have covers built, etc., but they’re there, and I’m behind on getting them out.

It isn’t just that I don’t have time.  The second someone says, “I don’t have time,” don’t look at their time.  Look at their priorities.

I started going to karate with Ray, and I just started playing MMOs with my husband again (we got bored of the last one and drifted away from it, especially when Dead Island came out, but that’s another story).  Those are good things.  But I had time.

I dug down into the problem and came out with this:

  • I thought Chance Damnation would do better than it has.
  • I thought the short stories would be doing better than they are; they’re staying at a constant level, even though I have more stories up.
  • I feel like people will think poorly of me for publishing quickly, like I’m writing sloppily and poorly.
  • I feel like the people who actually give a crap about my stuff will feel overwhelmed.
  • I feel like I must be screwing something major up, all the time.
  • I think I’m a terrible writer because I got a bad review, because I’m not hitting sales, etc.
  • I feel like I put my foot in my mouth in public too much, and that turns people off.
  • I feel like people have read things they didn’t like and will never read anything by me again.
  • I think that people are cheap and don’t want to pay for things.
  • I think that people are freakin’ attention cheap and would rather watch TV shows that bore them, because it’s easier.
  • I think the publicity system built around publishers is unfair; on the one hand, self-publishers aren’t supposed to mind when their stuff is grouped in with big-publisher stuff (like on Amazon), but we can’t get through the normal channels the way a big publisher would (I just had to give up a signing at B&N, because they won’t take books that won’t do returns.  @#$%^!!!).  So it ends up that nobody pays attention to indies, unless they just do.
  • I question daily whether this is all worth it.  “Nobody said it was easy/No one ever said it would be this hard.”

It’s just this panic attack that really isn’t rational.  But there’s a big mess in the way of me getting out books as fast and as well as I could be, is the point.

This is the beginning of month 6 of the great publishing experiment.  Rationally, I can’t judge whether the whole project has been a success or failure; I can only judge whether the doing of it makes me happy, and it does, except for when I go, “Where’s the external reward?”

I went back through my kids’ stories this week to get them ready for a POD collection and kept thinking, “Hot @#$%, woman.  You are good at this.”  The fact that I, who have a terrible time saying anything nice about myself, could say that was really something.  I sent the cover out, and people have said nice things about that, too.

Here’s the cover draft:

I am holding back out of self-doubt.

I am not holding back out of any rational reason that will make things better for me in the long run.

Okay, if I were editing and got to the point where I was like, “I just don’t think this book is ready to see the world,” then that might be something, a reason to stop and think about what I was doing, but I’m not doing that.

So I should probably make more of a conscious effort to jump into the unknown, in this respect.  What have I got to lose?  Big publishers are not interested in most of this stuff, and if they change their minds, they can always give me a call.  If I were doing this for the money, I never would have quit my job.  If I were doing this for other people’s respect, I’d write more literature and less pulp.  I’m doing this because it’s what I’m built for, dammit.  I was just tickled over what I wrote this morning, although part of my brain reserves the right to dislike it later.  I am so much better at this than I was when I quit my job, than I was a year ago, than I was in July.

I just have to accept that publishing is a learning curve, too, and I want to move along that curve instead of turning everything over to someone else to make it magically all better, and that means surviving the sucky part.

How fast should I publish books?  As fast as I reasonably can.  I know how amazing it feels when I have an empty inbox.  I can only imagine what it would like if I had all my current stuff out, too.

 

 

Indypub: How to get your stories to go free on Amazon

I recently experimented with putting up my first free story to Amazon, and am working on my second.

A caveat: I wouldn’t put stories up for free if they weren’t there to do more for you than just spread your name around.  I think they should be there to lead people to specific stories–if you like this, then chances are you will like that, specifically.  The story should be a short story; the thing you’re leading to should be a novel or novella.  IMO.

Results to date:  over 2000 copies of Miracle, Texas have been downloaded on Amazon US and over 100 on Amazon UK (which I did later but seems to be slower anyhow).  (Not sure about B&N or other sites yet; they haven’t reported back to Smashwords).  Additional sales at this point:  THBBBBT.  It’s been almost two weeks.  I curse the need for patience, yet there it is.

The next story going up is Bunny Attack! (currently free on Smashwords) to advertise for the kids’ story collection.  I sell way more stories for kids than I do for adults, so this might be interesting.

Steps:

  • Publish the story for free at Smashwords.
  • Push the story from Smashwords to B&N, even if you would normally post through PubIt.
  • Publish the story for .99 or whatever at Amazon.com (you cannot set the price to free from Amazon.com).
  • Wait for the story to show up as free on B&N (you cannot set the price to free from PubIt).
  • Go to Amazon.com and report that the story is free at B&N:  click the “tell us about a lower price” link under the sales rankings (they don’t seem to care about Smashwords rates).
  • Enter the B&N web address (for the story, now free) and report the price as $0 with $0 shipping.
  • Get 7-8 other people to do the same.
  • Wait about 2 weeks for the story to go free on Smashwords.

You can also do this for Amazon.co.uk.

  • Don’t use the US (B&N) link to report on your free story; it doesn’t seem to have any effect.
  • When you publish the story on Smashwords (for free), be sure to push it through to Apple/iBooks.
  • When the story flips free at Apple UK, then report on the link to Amazon UK.
  • Get the Apple UK link at Russell Phillips’s website: http://www.russellphillipsbooks.co.uk/pages/tools.php

I think you can do the same thing for Amazon Germany, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The important thing here is to get a group of people to help you out and report, and to have patience.

@#$%^& patience.

Indypub: Bookstores and Bookstores

Is your local indy bookstore a good one or not?

How do you know?

I went to two bookstores over the weekend, while I was on the road, that ended up clarifying this for me.  I’ve seen the same types of things at other bookstores, both bad and good, but this trip solidified things for me.

The first was Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins.  This was an excellent bookstore:  while a lot of old chestnuts were on the shelves, I found myself picking up books that I’d never heard of and saying to myself, “You can’t get them all.”  A lot of the shelf space was dedicated to books that were facing out.  There were shelves and shelves of recommended reading, for each shelf category.  There was an area for writers to give readings, do signings, etc. The atmosphere was like that of a coffee shop or a small-town library.

The second shall remain nameless; there are a thousand like it.  The books were shoved so tightly on the shelves that I couldn’t get them out, in places.  The books that were on the end caps didn’t look particularly interesting.  The shelves were cheap, rickety, and old.  The books toward the front were sale books ($2 hardcovers), lots of regional interest books, and thrillers that looked familiar even to me, who doesn’t really read them.  No recommended reads; the feeling was, “Get as many books in here as you can, as cheaply as you can.”

Now, I bought books from both, but I won’t be going back to the second bookstore.  I picked up a book on mushroom cookery there–something that I already knew I wanted.  I got a headache from the lighting and sneezed a lot.

I found lots of books that I didn’t know I wanted at Old Firehouse Books.  I felt comfortable and relaxed doing so.

My factors, in descending order of importance:

1) Discovery of new, interesting books.

2) Comfortable atmosphere.

3) Sense of community.

More books did not seem to be a factor.  One of the excellent bookstores I visited, Wild Burro Bookstore, had a tiny selection.  But I had to put dozens upon dozens of books back.  And I talked to the owner for an hour :)

Is this reproduceable in online bookstores?  Are there good online bookstores that weed out uninteresting, run-of-the-mill books, saving me the necessity of going numb looking for new stuff or constantly collecting recommendations?

How to Edit Your Ebooks, Part 4: Text Editing Strategies and POV

When I was doing tech editing, the first thing I would do was format.  One, I like formatting (so sue me), and two, I felt like it allowed me to get a feel for what was going to be in the document.

Now, however, I do my text editing first and format editing second, on ebooks.  Why, I’m not sure, but every time I try to do the formatting first on my ebooks, it gets under my skin. Maybe it has to do with the nature of working with other people’s stuff vs. my own; I don’t know.  Regardless, you may want to do the formatting first and text editing second.

Text editing, in this context, is reading through the work line by line and looking for errors in the text itself–the things that wouldn’t change if you copied all the text and pasted it into another file as unformatted text.  This can also be called line editing or copyediting, but isn’t quite the same, as you’ll be including proofreading in this stage as well (in shorter documents).

I suggest the following strategy:

  • For short documents (short stories), don’t bother with a style sheet, go through the document once to text edit, once to format, and once for a “sanity check,” or a flip through to make sure there are no big uglies.
  • For medium-length documents (novellas), use a style sheet, go through the document once for style and consistency, once for nitpicks, once to format, and once for a sanity check.
  • For longer or more complex documents (novels, collections), clean up the document, go through a critique group or beta readers to catch brain farts if nothing else, then finish as with the medium-length documents.  You may want to have someone else read the book after you think you’re absolutely done with it.  I guarantee something will jump out.

You also may want to test out your results on readers you know to be at least somewhat anal about grammar.  Keep an ear out for people who make fun of unnecessary apostrophe’s and extra or missing, commas.  Go through the editing process on your own, then hand the story over to your Guinea pig.  If you’re leaving a lot of problems in the document, you may want to have someone else edit.  If you’re leaving a few oopsies (one or two a chapter), don’t worry about it; you’re probably doing it well enough.

Before text editing, I double-check the following, to save time (and yes, I will go into more detail about these later):

  • Make sure my word processor is set up for curly quotes, then do a find-and-replace on ” and ‘.
  • Make sure all my m-dashes are coded as a proper m-dash and not as two hyphens or space-hyphen-space (find-and-replace).
  • Change all two spaces to one space (find-and-replace).  I can’t seem to get myself out of the habit of typing these.
  • Spell check.

Spell check will often help me catch inconsistently-spelled names; I add the correct spelling to the dictionary so the incorrect ones stick out like a sore thumb.

If you are not familiar with editing, you may want to focus on one or two things at a time, then go back through for another pass.  However, this can cause you to become “blind” to your document, or unable to see any errors.  If you get to that point, set the document aside for a while or have someone else take over.  When you’re editing, it doesn’t do any good to phone it in.

The urge will almost always be to edit too much.  Remember:  trust your writer-brain.  If you’re fussing around with a lot of edits, walk away from the computer, take a break, write something new.  Editor brain wants perfection and order; writer brain wants to tell a story.  Trust your writer brain, because you’re not selling perfection, you’re selling a story.  When writer brain wants to make errors on purpose–let it.

POV

In general, each section of a story should have a definite POV that should be clearly obvious to the reader.  Not only should the “person” be consistent (first person I, second person you, third person he/she/it/they), but the person at the center of the action should stay the same throughout the section.

This becomes tricky in third-person omniscient work; the whole point of having a third-person omniscient POV is to be able to see from multiple people’s perspectives.  However, an excessive amount of shifting perspectives, even when handled perfectly, is annoying–and when it’s not clear to the reader that a shift has occurred, it can make a section unreadable and disorienting.

This is one of the hardest things to edit if you’ve screwed it up, because there are no objective rules on how to do it.

However, if you set subjective rules for yourself on how to handle your shifts in POV and then use them consistently, you will (subconsciously) train your reader how to follow along when you shift.

Some possibilities:

  • Keep to one POV per chapter, and make sure it’s obvious within the first paragraph whose POV you’re using.
  • When shifting POVs inside a chapter, add an extra white space, and make it obvious, etc.
  • If you’re using first person POV, only see what the character can see and think what the character can think.
  • Avoid “head-hopping,” that is, seeing things from another character’s POV just because it’s convenient or funny or whatever–pick a plan for POV shifts, and stick to it.
  • If you’re using third-person POV, put characters’ actual thoughts in italics, e.g., This stupid editing series will be the death of me. You don’t need to add, “she thought” afterwards; generally, readers are sophisticated enough to catch on after the first few times you do it.

Once you have your rules set up (and added to your style sheet, if using), go through the document looking for breaks in the rules.  You might find it helpful to search for “I/He/She” or “Me/Him/Her” throughout the document.  During times when you’re deeply into your character, it’s not unusual to slip from “She” did whatever to “I.”

As with many things in editing, if you do it consistently, you can probably get away with it.

 

Indypub: Perks.

Something that finally hit home over the trip was that I lots of people, personally, who now read ebooks.  A lot of them are close family and friends.

I realized that I didn’t want them to have to pay for ebooks.  They’ve done enough in my life, one way or another, that I can’t really ever repay them. So I’m working on setting up a list, getting their preferred formats…

Of course, these are also the people who are getting stuck with my annoying questions and requests for help, etc., so it’s not like “free” is really the operative word here.  And I’m not done; I have to go through my contacts list and check everyone’s names twice, to see if they’ve been naughty or nice.  But I have a nice start to it.

It’s weird how strongly I feel about it.  On the one hand, sure, I have a spot every week where people can download my stories for free on the weekends, but I know they’re not all using it.  And then some of them will go along and buy a big block of them, and I know very well it’s someone close to me.  So July may be low in sales :)

But it’s worth it.

I’m not a doctor, or a mechanic, or a lawyer, or IT or anything that could easily benefit the people around me; this is what I have.  I’m proud to finally be able to share something.  I think it’s a Midwestern thing.

Indypub: Mobile Device Apps, Part 1.

The first step of figuring out what mobile-device users use to read ebooks is to figure out what mobile devices are out there.  I don’t need to find out what the main models are–they’ll be changing faster than I can keep up, anyway.  I need to find out what OSs are most popular.

A note–the more I find out about how strict the volunteer Wikipedia editors are, the more likely I am to trust the site on articles with a lot of public awareness.  I think Wikipedia has become a social gathering place of the Upholders of Law, in a philosophical sense.

Smartphone Operating Systems:

  • Symbian (Nokia)(36.6% worldwide)
  • Android (25.5%)
  • iOS (16.7%)
  • Blackberry OS (14.8%)
  • Windows Phone
  • Linux (mainly used to develop other OSs)
  • webOS (HP/Palm)
  • Bada (Samsung) (in development)
  • BrewOs (Qualcomm) (an invisible OS hiding under a phone’s proprietary logo, like Sprint Nextel)

Tablet Operating Systems (computer-like tablets and mobile-like tablets, not in a special order):

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • webOS
  • Blackberry TabletOS
  • Maemo Linux
  • Novell Linux
  • SUSE Linux

ARM-architecture OS (mobile-like tablets: iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.)

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry Tablet OS
  • webOS

I’m going to narrow my focus to the following:

  • Symbian
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry OS
  • Windows Phone
  • webOS

A starter link to Dear Author on the best mobile reader apps.  At first glance, this looks like something I want to come back to.

Personally, I just have Aldiko installed on my relatively ancient HTC Eris, but I don’t use it much, because the battery life on that phone is so poor.

I predict that a pattern that will come up is that US users will use iBook, Kindle apps, Nook apps, and Kobo a lot, regardless of phone.  I’m not sure what will show up as a pattern outside the US.