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In the next few weeks I’ll be shipping my first book. I don’t tell people I wrote an ebook though, I tell them I wrote a book. (You can get a free copy by going here.)
eBooks sound amateur and cheap
Unless you’re writing a book by hand then at some point every book is an ebook. The fact that the book may or may not exist on a physical page seems unrelated to what I call it. I wrote a book, not an ebook.
When I hear the term ebook outside of a direct conversation of which version I prefer to read (ebook or print) I automatically think “amateur or cheap”. That’s why I don’t say I wrote an ebook. I wrote a book.
- It will be on Amazon in a few weeks.
- It will be in iBooks after that.
- It will become an iPhone app.
- It’s a series of 30 text emails.
- It’s a set of 30 audio recordings.
So what is it? When I release it anyone who buys it can consume it as a Kindle or iBook, a set of emails and a set of audio recordings. It’s a lot of things so please don’t call it an ebook. It’s a book.