The revolution in publishing brought about by e-readers including the Kindle, Kobo and Nook presents all sorts of opportunities for journalists as well as writers.
But how easy is it to get your work published?
There are lots of companies out there who are prepared to do the job for you for a price, but all you really need is Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop Elements and a certain amount of patience.
I used Kindle Direct Publishing and a simple, free guide downloaded to my Kindle to turn a series of blog posts from this website into an e-book called Twenty Practical Tips For Reporters, which gives advice on some of the “soft skills” used by journalists to cover stories.
All I had to do was follow the instructions in the guide about things like placing text in the centre of the page and adding internal links from Chapter Titles to my Table of Contents(TOC) and the KDP service did the rest.
It took about twenty-four hours for the book to “go live”.
If you want to go one stage further and turn text into files compatible with all the e-readers you will need to consider investing in Adobe Indesign or Quark and track down some tutorials on how to arrange paragraphs, chapters and fonts to work with any size of screen or type of device you may hope to have your book read on.