You might be surprised at my decision to make both U.S. Highway 89 and The Story of the Cathedral of the Madeleine available from Amazon.com in Kindle format. After all, isn’t the Kindle a black and white only device? Why bother. That’s what I thought, until I recognized that I was buying books from Amazon to read on my Kindle for IPad app, instead of the IBooks storefront that Apple runs. I prefer the Amazon buying experience (i.e., a search engine that functions), and I realized that many of my potential customers were shopping there too.
I qualified my company as a Kindle Direct Publisher and uploaded my Epub format file of the books. Amazon converts that file into their proprietary format, which is why you need the Kindle app to read the file on the IPad (IBooks displays the EPub format, but that is a whole other post). In less than 24 hours, I began selling these books for the Kindle.
And how does it look? I don’t have a Kindle device, so I wasn’t sure until I persuaded my friend Rich Legg to download the book and take a look. The oohs and ahs over the phone as he opened the file on the IPad were might reassuring. He sent me a screenshot captured directly on the IPad (above, right) and a day later had time to set up his Kindle before a camera and shoot that screen (above, center).
Not having one, I can only guess that the expectation of a Kindle owner is NOT to have a rich photo experience. If they wanted that, they probably would have bought something different. If I’m right, then my books should exceed expectations, and they look amazing on the IPad in color. Next I have to tackle the Nook. My past interactions with Barnes & Noble have been fruitless as a potential vendor, but maybe the Nook will be easier.
You can get’em here and decide for yourself: Highway 89 and Cathedral of the Madeleine. Personally, I’m still in love with photography in print, but I am reading more and more on my IPad, so it’s nice to give readers a choice. How about you? How are you using your ebook readers and do you think it works for photography books?