If you write a blog, you know images can make all the difference in engaging readers, attracting their attention and conveying the message. And if you read traditionally published books, fiction or non-fiction, you know that they don’t have many images in them.
This was to keep publishing costs as low as possible, both in ink and in number of pages used. With self-publishing books, both print and digital, the rules of including images are changing.
Why do you want to have images in your book?
Humans are visual creatures. We are attracted to images. They keep our interest and our focus. And in an eBook, they break up the monotony of page after page of print.
When you’re thinking of adding images into your eBook there are five factors you need to keep in mind:
1. Limit your image file size
Amazon.com charges authors a file delivery cost (70% commission structure only) that goes up based on the total file size of the eBook. Adding in images will increase the total file size and increase the file delivery cost for your Kindle book.
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2. Avoid gratuitous use of images
I’ve read eBooks with gratuitous use of images. They didn’t really add anything to the information the author was trying to get across. I think the author had the best intentions that he or she was engaging the reader but the images weren’t necessary to get the point across.