I took my recent summary XLR article and sketched it out as an eBook. An eBook is a downloadable book (electronic book). Besides the Blog here, and the Caddyinfo.com Forums, and the website, Caddyinfo Cadillac eBooks I believe will offer another information format that may be useful to our community.
First, eBooks can be very portable, so they are easy to grab and read on a plane, or other (gasp!) internet poor location. Second, I find that I am willing to be more thorough on a topic in an eBook. For a Blog entry I have in mind a certain length that is a good read — which I usually / often break. An eBook can by its nature be longer and use more pages to cover the subject. So as in the case with the XLR blog entry, after I set it up as an eBook I found a lot more to be said on the subject; so far it is 16 pages of info, and perhaps will wrap up at 25-30 pages. My intuition is that 30-50 pages is about right.
My thinking is that these eBooks would be free to Caddyinfo.com Supporters, and perhaps $10-15 each for anyone else. Each Caddyinfo eBook would be designed to cover a specific Cadillac-related subject in depth. I think they will be a niche product, but focused on Cadillac information for automobile enthusiasts.
For the first one I setup the eBook in OpenOffice Writer, then exported it as an Adobe PDF file. I am happy with that process for control, and ease of use both for setup / layout and production. I will explore other mobile book formats as we go to see what we need to support.
If you have any eBook advice please feel free to share.