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Also known as electronic publishing, digital publishing platforms are software that enables publishers to produce, edit, and publish content that can be downloaded and viewed on a screen via an e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or computer.

This includes books, journals, and magazines.

Given the growing popularity of electronic media, most book publishers will ensure that content is available digitally, as well as in print. This portion of our guide will focus on publishers, platforms, and other resources dedicated to digital publishing. However, the portion of a traditional publisher's website that deals with digital publishing could also be listed here.

Digital publishing can be an excellent way to bring a book by a new author to market, as a digital platform can allow an aspiring author to bypass the impregnability of a traditional publishing house and the expense of self-publishing a physical book while retaining full control over his work.

Digital publishing platforms include automated tools that allow individuals, businesses, and publishers to produce, publish, and distribute digital content.

These platforms may be online or distributed as computer software (applications). Online publishing platforms often operate on a subscription model. Upon logging into the account, the platform provides the necessary tools to upload, design, and compile the content. Often, a single content template can be used to create content formatted for multiple platforms.

It might seem obvious, but print media is any type of media you can pick up, touch, read, or view. Digital media appears on digital screens only.

Most people carry digital devices with them wherever they go, largely in the form of a smartphone, so digital media is more readily accessible. While a printed book would have to be either ordered online or purchased from a bookstore, which are no longer found in most towns, it's easier, more convenient, and usually less expensive, to purchase a book online and download it to your smartphone, tablet, or Kindle.

While there is still a market for physical books, readers are moving away from traditional publishing methods and relying more on digital publishing.

Traditional publishers also offer digital versions of their books, and some publishers exclusively focus on digital media. Another advantage of digital media is that authors can more easily and affordably self-publish their manuscripts. This has opened the book industry up to authors who would not otherwise have been published.

Of course, the downside of this is that readers are less assured that the book they download to their Kindle is of good quality, or worthy of reading. But that is a reader-beware issue, and it's not insurmountable. Overall, choice can be good, and good choices are even better.



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