Thank you Sunil for your reply,
I don't want to offer hunderds of different templates because it would take about 257 years to designed everything. Since I'm looking for quality and I'm alone, it would be technically impossible.
However, if I decide to sell templates, I would definitly write a detailed tutorial because my target market is the poeple who don't know anything about HTML and design.
I, myself, don't know anything about HTML. I use Dreamweaver for web page design and Photoshop for graphic design. And Photoshop is what I know best by the way.
I will definitly send you a link once I'll be through one or two eBooks. The one I'm working one is Ken Evoy's Affiliate Masters course...and I must say it's a pretty big book!!
The templates have only 3 buttons: Back, Next and TOC for Table Of Content. The reason the interface is so simple is meanly because I want it to be generic enough to let poeple design any kind of eBooks with all the options they need.
For exemple, if poeple wanted to have a Printer Friendly page or an About page, all they have to do is to put a link on the TOC.
The TOC is the central part of the eBook. Readers will be able to reach every section and every page from there.
The other reason for simple interface is also because the most important part is the CONTENT. I don't want the readers to try to figure out how the eBook works in order to read it.
Have you ever been to a very neat website (great design, amazing flash animations) and spent 20 minute figuring out where the buttons are?
Sunil, the last part of your reply is extremely insteresting!
Designing a custom eBook for each customer would take to long and my fee would be to high. And selling templates might force me to design many templates and sell them for a low price, which is not really rewarding.
Since the market I'm targeting is "marketeers wanting to make FREE eBooks", I don't think they would want to spend hundreds of $ for a product just to give it away.
Maybe I can use both concept. Maybe I can create those templates and offer some kind of compiling and relooking service. I would use the templates I have created AND I would add some design magics to make it specific to the eBook.
Ok, very tough to understand without any samples to back it up. So please do bare with me. I will send you an eBook soon.
So, you give me the content of your. You tell me the template you want and the color.
Starting fom that, I will create for exemple a title on the top of each page.
ex: go tohttp://www.ebookmarketing.com,do you see on the top of the page? Background graphic + Title + Subtitle + Author name
The templates I create have only the graphics, that's for those who have design background so that they can add their own title. I will design the tilte for them. If you want to add another button other than Next / TOC / Back, I can do that.
I can design a specific title for each chapter.
I can aslo add some design touch like rulers, bullets, maybe design the cover also...you know the many things that make the eBook unique despite the fact that it came from a template.
So the templates would be only the foundation of the final product.
The good good thing about this:
- it would take less time than starting the design process from scratch
- poeple would get their custom eBook even if we're using templates
- I can offer a smaller fee for my service than the one I would use, have I had to design everything.
- I can still offer good quality service without pulling my hair everytime
At the end, the eBook will look good, it didn't take too long to get it done and the investment is not as high as going through a full custom eBook.
Do you think the kind of service would have a chance to make it online?
I would appreciate greatly any comments.
"Great content is everything. Great design makes great content GREATER! "