Several years ago, my old mentor McGrath first suggested that electronic books, eBooks represented the new face of book publishing. As I resisted, he continued to send me article after article. In 2010, two years after The Olympian: A Tale of Ancient Hellas was published as a physical book, I caved in and The Olympian went up on Kindle. Since then, I insure all of my books are available in both physical and electronic formats.
I remain Old School and prefer to read my books in physical format, but not so with my wife, my children and many of my friends. I have my reasons, but then I chuckle and wonder what the guy was thinking who refused to exchange his stone tablets for scrolls, then codex and then bound books! Oh well….
The cold fact is that I sell five times as many eBooks through Kindle as physical books through Amazon and other book vendors. If there is proof in the pudding, that validates it.
During the two years that I’ve worked with eBooks, I continue to learn more and more about formatting the electronic version to make it more readable on an electronic device.
Although I can’t deny that my first novel, The Olympian: A Tale of Ancient Hellas has been and continues to be the most well read of my four, my personal favorite is The Hamsa, a story of human dignity told through the eyes of Polish Olympic skier Bronisław Czech. This brave man represented his country in three Winter Olympic Games, served with the resistance when Hitler attacked Poland and in 1940, he was the 349th person incarcerated in Auschwitz where he died five years later.
Earlier this month, I decided to re-format The Hamsa to make the eBook more readable. I am pleased with the result. Among other things, the eBook now includes a navigatable table of contents. Because of the size of the book, I felt a usable TOC would be valuable to the reader.
If you prefer electronic books, and you have not read The Hamsa, I invite you to give it a look in its new format.
A word about the two covers… During the initial publication process, the designers offered two cover options that I really liked. I finally decided to go with ‘the blue cover’ on the physical book, and then opted to use ‘the dog cover’ on the eBook. It is the same book. Both covers are appropriate and relevant to the story.