As a published author, I have a number of books available in paperback but I've spent the last few days learning how to convert the manuscripts for electronic distribution through iTunes, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and so forth. It's been a steep learning curve but I think I've got it worked out. I thought I'd start with the simplest book first (in terms of formatting) just to get the hang of it all and then progress to the more difficult books I've written in terms of their formatting.
My first book, 'A Year of Wicca: 52 Inspiring Essays on Wicca and Witchcraft' is available on Smashwords now http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/128854 which is exciting and it's going through the usual mechanisms now to be available on iTunes, Amazon as a Kindle version, Barnes and Noble, Kobi etc hopefully within the week.
So finally I've dragged myself kicking and screaming from the comfort of 'hold it in your hand' paperback versions of my books to electronic versions. I'll then reformat the other books I've written and have had published through traditional means and offer those electronically too. They'll be a little more difficult to transform because they have a number of illustrations in them (which complicates the process slightly) and my PhD thesis book is 100,000 words and 700 pages so that's going to take a heck of a lot of time to reformat!
I guess one of the beauties of electronic versions though is that they're much cheaper than the paperback editions and of course you can download them immediately instead of having to go to the book shop to buy them. ' Year of Wicca' for example on Smashwords is only $3.99! That's a huge difference from the paperback price.
Ok, so I suppose I better get on with the rest of them now too. Watch this space :)
Smiles and blessings, Amethyst