It took me a while (eight years, to be precise) to get from my first to the “difficult second” book, but now I have three under my belt, I’m planning two more, on learning evaluation, with my colleague Alasdair Rutherford, and a fourth solo work, by the end of next year, already largely written. But I sometimes wonder why I bother – there’s certainly no money in it.
As regards my two books with Alasdair, our plan at the moment is to publish one as an e-book and the other as a more traditional print/paper type. Hedging our bets? Perhaps, but both allow different possibilities, and the different formats may appeal to different markets.
Of course, regular books are now routinely converted to e-versions, as my last two books have been, but it’s a bit different - or it ought to be - to set out to write for the new medium. The use of full colour, rich content including lots of pictures, and a wealth of hyperlinks, some to audio/video, are among the advantages of the e-book we plan to use. We’ll also follow the common pattern of publishing a shorter work as an e-book, at least in our first attempt (I’m not clear why this is a pattern – perhaps someone can enlighten me?)