What is a Book App vs an eBook?

There is plenty of confusion over the subject of eBooks when it comes to what defines them. Any book published in a digital format is generally referred to as an eBook. But there are big differences when you look at the formats, how the book is created, how the book is sold and delivered, and how the reader uses or interacts with it.

The Book App Alliance is intent on drawing a clear distinction between what an eBook is and what a Book App is. The BAA is an organization of Book App authors/creators united together to bring attention to the wonderful Book Apps available in app stores by independent authors.

Since oftentimes words can be cumbersome and not clear in conveying information, I thought an infographic would be the best way to show the world what the difference is. After all, we are writers here at the BAA and the phrase we hear throughout our career is show don’t tell.

See if you don’t gain some clarity about What is a Book App vs an eBook. Let us know what you think.

eBook vs Book App infographic

9 thoughts on “What is a Book App vs an eBook?

  1. Useful and succinct. There’s lots of confusion around this – further compounded by the fact that many parents probably think as apps as being games rather than books…! We really need to raise the profile of children’s book apps and what they can do…!

  2. Thank you for the most comprehensible information. I have just finished a website with children’s fipbook picture books. I still haven’t found where I can sell them. Kindle etc is not for flipbooks. The technology for apps seems to be advancing rapidly and there is a place to market them. Perhaps I’m wrong. Is there somewhere to sell flip ebooks. I know iBooks does but only their chosen much published authors.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for chiming in. Sounds like your books are eBooks and print. Have you thought of taking them to the next level as book apps? Not sure what you mean by flipbook. Perhaps you can enlighten us.

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