E-publishing is short for electronic publishing
, referring to a type of publishing that does not include printed books. E-publishing instead takes the format of works published online, on a compact disk, emailed, or provided in a file format compatible with handheld electronic readers. E-publishing is an alternate form of publication especially attractive to new writers. There are advantages and disadvantages to e-publishing over traditional printed books.
Some of the advantages of e-publishing include:
- Negligible investment by the publisher translates to a greater willingness to take on untried writers and non-traditional characters, story lines, and manuscript lengths.
- Faster publishing time for accepted manuscripts. Rather than waiting up to two years for a manuscript to see print, e-publishing generally publishes work within a few weeks to a few months after acceptance.
- Greater flexibility within the writer/publisher relationship. E-publishing affords more say to writers in preparing works for publication. A paper publisher might ask a writer to change a character, plot line, or other features of a story to make it more marketable. An e-publisher might also make suggestions, but the writer will generally have more say. The writer might also be instrumental in providing graphics for the work, such as an electronic jacket.
- Writers have the ability to update text often and easily at virtually no cost. This is particularly handy for works related to fast-moving industries such as computer technology. Since the e-publisher does not have an investment in printed books already lining shelves, text can be electronically updated in seconds.
- E-publishing offers greater longevity for works with slower sales. While paper publishers will remove slow movers from active status (print), electronic storage affords unlimited archiving. This gives new writers time to build a following by having their entire catalog available over extended periods of time.
- Works published electronically have an ISBN number, just like printed books. This means anyone can walk into a storefront bookstore and order an electronic copy of the book.
- Writers get a higher percentage of royalties through e-publishing because the initial financial layout for the publisher is so much less than for a paper publisher. Some writers receive as much as 70% of the profits in royalties.
- With e-publishing writers normally retain all other rights to the work, such as the option to go to a paper publisher later, adapt a screenplay, or use the work in some other capacity. Paper publishers, on the other hand, tend to covet as many rights as possible from the writer in the initial boilerplate contract.
If this all sounds a little too rosy, note the disadvantages of e-publishing:
- To date, electronic works sell far fewer copies than paper books. Many people aren’t aware of e-publishing and others prefer reading a book from print rather than electronically. Good sales, according to one e-publisher, amount to 500 copies for a successful manuscript.
- Writers are responsible for providing their own ongoing marketing for e-published work. A book might be great, but if nobody knows about it, it won’t sell. Authors also can’t count on the public seeing their books on shelves or in store windows.
- If interested in building credentials, e-published works do not carry the same weight as traditional paper publishers. The sense is that the bar is somehow lower for e-published works than for printed works. However, this may change with time as e-publishing becomes more established.
- Writers do not receive an advance. This is not just a financial disadvantage, but might disqualify e-published authors from participating in certain organizations where membership requirements include works paid by advance. That said, sales royalties are often paid more frequently by e-publishers, such as quarterly rather than annually.
- Piracy is another concern in the e-publishing industry. It is a fairly simple thing, technically speaking, for a recipient of an e-work to edit the file, make several copies, and sell the work out from under the nose of the e-publisher and author. Some e-publishers counter that the relatively small market for e-works provides little impetus for this.
- Prices are not always significantly cheaper for e-works, despite the lower overhead. This might be a deterrent to sales.
Despite the disadvantages, e-publishing can be a good way for a new writer to gain a following. Romance, science fiction
, murder mystery and fantasy are all possible genres for e-publishing. It is also ideal for How-To
books that must be updated frequently. Businesses can also save money on employee manuals and training materials by e-publishing them. An added advantage here is that works can be clickable. Table of contents and indexes can all make navigating through technical e-books a breeze.
E-publishers can be found online using any search engine. Read contracts carefully and consider the e-publisher’s catalog before deciding which company might be best to handle your work.
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A dual camera is a type of digital camera designed to provide a user with the functionality of both a still camera and a video camera. While many digital cameras designed to take still pictures also allow for video to be captured, this functionality is often fairly limited. Use of a dual camera, however, allows someone to have all of the features and options provided by a video camera while also having the various features found on a still camera. This type of camerais often designed in a way similar to a video camera in terms of style and aesthetic.
The main purpose of a dual camera is to provide a user with a single device that can be used to capture both still images and video images at high definition or quality. Many digital cameras designed to capture still images can also capture video images. There are even mobile phones and similar devices that can be used to capture still and video images in a digital format. Still cameras that can capture video, however, usually do so at fairly low quality but a dual camera is designed to maintain high standards of quality for both types of images.
A dual camera usually allows the user to change between the two modes of usage. When still image mode is used, the camera functions like a basic digital camera and often include functions such as zooming, timed photography, and a flash for additional lighting. A dual camera that is set for video mode includes various functions and features expected of a video camera. This can include reduction of blur and bouncing from movement while in use, the ability to record without holding a button down, and controls over the quality of the video captured with regard to picture resolution and file size.
Though different companies manufacture a dual camera, they are typically designed to resemble a video camera. A basic digital camera is often designed to appear and function more like an older film camera. While this certainly works well for taking still images, such a design can make capturing video images more difficult. The design and aesthetic of a dual camera more closely resembles video cameras to allow the user to more easily hold the camera still while viewing the images he or she is recording.
A few major considerations must be noted when you are choosing the best compact digitalcamera. Models differ in size, features, function, and memory storage, so you will need to do a bit of research to find the compact digital camera that will work well for you. Think about whether you will use the unit in inclement weather, or if it is possible that the camera will be exposed to moisture. If this is likely, you may want to consider purchasing a waterproof unit that can be safely submerged in water without damaging the electronics.
Consider purchasing a compact digital camera that is small enough to fit in a pocket, but large enough to be handled easily. All the buttons should be easy to press, and menus should be easy to navigate. Many modern models feature large LCD monitors on the back of the camera to make viewing pictures easy. Choose a large display on the compact digital camera so you can quickly view photos you just took to ensure they are composed properly and are not blurry, overexposed, or underexposed. Many models will feature automatic exposure metering as well as automatic focusing, but these features do not always work flawlessly; a larger display will help you spot mistakes before you go home and export the photos onto a computer.
The type of memory storage can vary from model to model as well. The two most common types of memory storage are compact flash (CF) cards, and secure digital (SD) cards. SD cards tend to be much smaller than CF cards, making them lighter and easier to store. They are, however, more fragile, so more care will need to be taken to prevent damage. They can also be lost more easily. CF cards are generally reserved for larger cameras, such as DSLRs, though some compact digital camera models may feature CF cards for more storage space and higher write speeds. SD cards will allow the entire unit to be smaller, though they are not likely to have as high a storage capacity.
Take note of how many megapixels the model you are considering features. This number will have an impact on the resolution and sharpness of the photos you take. It is wise to choose acamera with at least three megapixels so the pictures you take are sharp even when printed out on photo paper. Generally speaking, the higher the megapixel number, the larger the prints you will be able to create. The sharpness of the photos may also increase with the megapixel rating.