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Digital publishing is a way to produce material for others to read. This is done with specialized software that allows you to design and lay out the material the way you wish it to appear. This includes creating e-books, like those formatted for popular e-book readers or tablets, but not exclusively. Check out SPi Global. Material released on CD and DVD is also digitally published as are materials posted on the Internet.

Cost is a big factor when making any publishing decisions. Digital publication does cost less than traditional print publication, no matter what you’re publishing. Likewise, professionally published works can be digitally published, in addition to or in lieu of, physically published materials. Whether something is self-published or professionally published depends on who pays for the service, not the way the material eventually reaches the audience.

After that, however, the prices diverge dramatically. This includes professionally published books, magazines, and newspapers as well as those that have been self-published. Digital publishing can also include corporate works, like catalogs, white papers, and brochures. The switch to including digitally published works, in addition to or instead of, traditionally published works has several reasons.

One is the cost. Digitally published materials have no printing costs: a big part of any publishing budget. They also don’t cost anything to distribute, unlike printed matter which must be packaged and shipped. Click here for more information. Reduced production costs mean that the final cost to the customer is also lower than with printed matter. Instead, an unlimited number of copies can be purchased and downloaded from the distributor without ever having to reorder.

Digital copies are also easier for customers to use, in many respects. You can make the material available for download from content suppliers or distribute it yourself via a website or email. The number of copies you make available does not affect your costs so you can make sure that your work is distributed as widely as possible.

Digital publication also results in a product that is easy to use. While indexes can help a user find the exact reference they want, simply searching for the word or phrase with their device’s search function is faster, easier, and more reliable. There are still many households without computers or Internet service, and even more households without e-readers or tablets.

There are some downsides, as well, however, so knowing your intended audience is critical when determining how to publish your material. The biggest disadvantage is that digital copies cannot be read without an additional device. That is, you need a piece of equipment to read a digital file, whereas a printed book requires only the book itself. Visit for more info. This means that any household without a computer, e-reader, or tablet will not be able to access your material. Publishing doesn’t have to be an either/or situation, though. Publishing your material both in print and digitally can help you reach the widest audience.

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