Honestly, I expected this module of the course to contain more. It turned out to be the shortest module so far (and there’s only one left). I’m not sure whether this means the writers are snubbing e-books, don’t know anything about them, or just didn’t want to go into depth, but I was a little disappointed, especially since I’d wager that for many of their students, this is the best option for a starting place.
The continued with a discussion on design, this time more technical, reminding writers to make sure they leave correct margin, line spacing, font size, headers, footers, ect. If you are publishing yourself, there is no one else to pick up the slack in this area, and it’s an important one, because it can make the difference between readability, and people shying away from a train wreck.
The authors also talked a little about ISBNs, though I would hardly consider it a discussion to help new writers weigh the option. As far as I can tell, the only reason not to have an ISBN is because you have to pay for it–unless you go through some of the free publishing sites on the Internet.
Finally, the module looked at the correct digital format for an e-book. Most retailers, aside from Amazon, will use a .epub format. If you go through a digital publisher, my understanding is that the common formats can be converted (.jpg, .gif, .pdf, .doc). However, if you’re doing it yourself, you have to convert it yourself. Then is the decision again to choose to use the free sites or purchase the conversion.
And that was essentially the module. From it, I’d guess none of the course authors have actually published an e-book, which is OK, but it would explain why the module was so sparse. Naturally, anything involving technology is going to be subject to change frequently, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to write in extensive detail, but, I’d ask, has the process really changed that much? Or is there simply nothing else to say?