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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2011
I downloaded this article as part of a series of downloads for upcoming work I am doing on ebooks. At this price, I was not expecting a great deal. I was very impressed that this author has captured the practicalities so well and in particular has paid attention to issues such as layout and design (most self publishers seem to ignore this entirely) and the value of the initial sample.

I commend this to anyone who is serious about epublishing with Kindle. I went ahead and bought the author's art licensing booklet unseen and was equally impressed.

Certainly worth buying and digesting
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I recently published my new book on Kindle and was very pleased with the sales. It took me 2 years to write and is over 400 pages long. But while I might not be able to churn out a book like that every month, like so many other writers I'm always writing new articles, ezines and blog posts on a daily basis. So after the success I enjoyed with my book, I had to ask myself the question: What can I do with all that OTHER great content I've been writing over the past few years? Yes, I've posted many of them on article directories, which has been great for leads generation, but is there not more than can be done with them? Is there a way to make some money from my hard work?

Well, this little handbook by Kate Harper is a great intro guide into how to repurpose your great content and finally generate some income from your wisdom. Her writing is honest and straight-forward and she has given me a lot of ideas. I love her tip about saying "article" when you publish an article, so your readers know what to expect (i.e., that they aren't buying a full book). It's so obvious and transparent, but I'm not sure I'd have thought of it on my own. If you have a library full of info articles, blog posts, etc., and you are not yet distributing them as eBooks, invest the few pennies it costs to buy this Kindle article, and start to think of all the ways you can repurpose your content, and how might help improve the sales of your bigger books as well.

I work with non-fiction authors to help them publish and promote their books. I'm going to share this review on my Spirit Authors blog, because I know my readers will find this eBook to be useful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2011
I don't want to publish and sell any articles on the Kindle, so why did I buy this book?

Well, I've got a number of short Microsoft Word documents that I wanted to put on my Kindle for reference. When I emailed them to myself a lot of the formatting had gone wrong, things like extra (or missing) blank lines between paragraphs, lack of indents etc.

After some fairly unsuccessful experimenting, I downloaded this book and was able to solve all my formatting problems quickly and easily.

I'm sure the sections on publishing etc. are very useful, but for me the formatting information makes this an excellent book to keep in my reference section.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized the world of documents and information in the 15th century with his invention of movable type. No longer did monks have to laboriously copy documents manually. No longer did Bibles have to locked up, read only by the "high priests." Knowledge, both religious and secular, became much more available to everyone, due to a much cheaper process of production and re-production. And the power of the "high priests" dropped dramatically. There is little hyperbole in saying that the Internet in general, and the particular subset represented by electronic readers, has performed a similar function in the 21st century. And the "high priests" in the publishing industry are trying to come to grim terms with it. Kindle, along with other electronic readers, has now made it possible for one writer to connect to one reader, directly, sans all those intermediaries. And the writer has far better control over how s/he is compensated; and the price is so cheap, that the reader need not waste time seeking alternatives, even like a trip to the library. Poets, short story writers, novelists can offer their works to the reading public, but it seems that the most effective use, for the present time, is the dissemination of specialized knowledge, often in the form of short articles, without going the magazine route. But one must learn the new rules of the game, the "grammar" of electronic publishing as it were, and Kate Harper has produced an excellent guide, available for all, for less than a buck. It is flat amazin'.

I found at least 50 ideas, each, by themselves, worth the price of the entire article. For example, reduce the non-essential information at the beginning, because Amazon will offer the first 10% of the book to the customer for free, to entice a sale. So, place other, less "exciting" info at the rear of the book. Kate delves into the proper font to use (Times New Roman), and the placement of carriage returns. How does one insert pictures? She tells you. Kilobytes (KB)? Best to also list the approximate number of pages. Sure, not very "exciting" stuff, but essential knowledge for any writer seeking avoidance of the "high priests."

Another essential piece of knowledge is the "break" points in terms of the royalties that Amazon offers. For articles, which are prices under $2.99, it is 35%. The "sweet spot" seems to be $2.99, a price for a substantive article / book, when Amazon offers a royalty of 70%. And when they change those break-points, it is a simple matter to reflect that as an update.

Almost half the article is appendix, covering a range of esoteric subjects. To me, hyperlinks are not esoteric. There are an, if not the, essential advantage of e-publishing. Directions to other websites that keep the information "fresh." In the interest of full disclosure, this is the FIRST review that I wrote for which a received something: a 14 page pdf, "How to Make a Simple eBook Cover for Non-Designers." Of course, she has offered this to anyone who writes a review, as indicated in her article, and her offer simply reflects smart marketing. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, it did not affect my rating of 5-stars, which she earned in her own right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
You could pay upwards of £3.95 for a magazine on the high street that carries one article you particularly wanted. This kindle article has achieved two things. First, it has given good tips on publishing kindle articles on Amazon (which I didn't know about as it happens!) and secondly, made me realise this is a better way to buy just the content you want! For 77p I have just the content I want so I feel I have saved myself at least £3.18 over the traditional way I might have obtained this article and not had to pay for other articles and ads I don't want. I feel this is definitely the way forward. If you want to write articles for the Kindle then begin here first. Well worth the investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As someone beginning to make a foray into digital publishing, I was looking for a source of information that was clear, concise, and easy to put into practice. A great deal of the "how to" resources out there seem to be jumbled and partial, so I must confess I wasn't holding out very high hopes when I downloaded the sample of "How To Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle".

Thankfully, my fears were soon proven to be groundless. The sample alone contains more useful info than some other whole Kindle articles on here! I downloaded the rest of the article, and now feel absolutely ready to start putting what I've learned into practice.

I particularly appreciated the sensible advice about how to structure a Kindle document; how to ensure your reader gets value from the sample; and how to format the document for ease of reading, and use on other e-readers. It's also clearly and sharply written - a sure sign that the author knows what she's talking about.

Highly recommended!

Review by BRIAN CORMACK CARR, author of How To Find Your Vital Vocation: A Practical Guide To Discovering Your Career Purpose And Getting A Job You Love
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2011
excellent value for money, but I think the screenshots could be better, pehaps zoomed in segments instead of full screen which are a little difficult to read on the new kindle, otherwise excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2011
If you have any aspiration to be published, this is a good report that gets to the point pretty quick. Took about 20 minutes to read it, but the mechanics of getting published are in there and its well put together.
cons... could be more examples of how to pick a winner, but as with all of these things, some will do well and others not so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2012
I loved this booklet. I purchased it this morning and started to implement the tips included in the booklet. It is easy to read and easy to follow. Gives a useful price guide and handy hits on font size and conversions. I should have purchased this book before I uploaded my book, as it took nearly as long to correct all the formatting errors as writing the book, but we live and learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2012
I have a whole raft of material that people have found useful over the years, but it has been sitting on the PC doing nothing.

Owning a Kindle I realised that this could be a good route to follow, but had no idea 'mechanically' of what I needed to do.

After reading Kate's informative guide I am now ready to convert my documents and get them onto Amazon.

A highly recommended read.
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