Red Staple has just created a new HTML5 based authoring tools that allow writers to make enhanced ebooks and normal ones too. The most exciting aspect of this tools is that they are browser based, so you don’t have to download any software.
The company is offering these tools in exchange for $29 for ebooks under 500 pages which appeals to the average writer. They offer a flat rate $99 for books larger in size and books that also feature multimedia content. Before people scream vanity press it does offer the ability to export your books in a myriad of formats without DRM. This allows you to sell and submit your books to any other online bookstore, including Apple.
Apple provides free tools but only really allow you to submit them to the iBooks ecosystem if you make an enhanced book. They don’t really have any conversion tools if you decide you want audio, video and music inside of literary masterpiece.
These new tools will be available on February 8th 2012 and is worth it to check out. There really aren’t any great tools to make enhanced books and currently they are all the rage on the iBooks and Barnes and Noble platform. Being able to export books and submit them to many different services will be appealing to some. Kids books make a copious amount of money for Ocean House Media and iStorytime.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.