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Posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:24:44 BST
carocaro says:
General question to hard working and non whinging author's will the new e- reader that W.H. Smith launch this week be of benefit to you as self publishers and will it lessen the monopoly of Amazon...or is the new e- reader for novels that W.H.Smith publish only?

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 05:51:57 BST
Carocaro - it's a deal they have struck with KoBo - which means it's an ePub reader. You can load all ePubs on it,whether they are bought from WH Smith or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 08:03:49 BST
Looks lovely, Minijax.
Square and dependable. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 08:32:13 BST
carocaro says:
So the main monopoly stays with Big Bro then!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 08:57:25 BST

Of course, readership at any price is better than none. I'm always far more grateful for the time and attention that people invest than the money.

As far as I know, we in the UK or possibly anyone outside the US cannot gift Kindle books as yet. But all of us on Smashwords can give people free vouchers and we do, sometimes as a part of one's own or someone else's promotion, sometimes simply because someone asks for it. Also, as far as I know, the US writers can make their Kindle books free for a while. We can't, but of course, we can forward PDF files. I'm not too fond of that, though, not unless I know exactly where they're going.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 09:29:49 BST
carocaro says:
I know US kindle authors can gift books...I was surprised when I received a gift that way. So has Amazon been asked why US can but UK can't? If so did they give reasons why not? I receive scripts and documents for editing at times; it's a way of supplementing my teacher pension. I'm just glad I don't have to rely on it- or either for that matter! I taught English as I know others on this site did or do, for many years and have been known to assist up & coming writers with their labors of love, where they have imagination but need help with basic literacy skills! Though I can see you would need to be secure as to the safety of your script being transferred to others Mira. I logged onto Goodreads but haven't looked at Smashwords as yet....I thought it was a site purely for Sony readers. Or have I got that wrong too! :o(

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 11:29:01 BST
Minijax says:
James Gaunt, the new Managing Director of Waterstone's has also said he is going to bring out an e-reader.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 11:30:30 BST
Minijax says:
I don't think Smashwords is just for Sony, Caro. I think it can extend to other readers.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:54:50 BST
Smashwords lists these distributions: Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Diesel, Scrollmotion. Hope this helps. If not, sorry. I have just started to read through all 183 posts to find out what the discussion is about, but I keep straying elsewhere following up the many issues and authors that people mention.
I started to read the thread only because of the tryping error, and not knowing the history of these Amazon boards and the aggro, wanted to find out what the non-whigging was all about. So thanks for introducing me to a whole new way to spend my day. And I now see why my positive reviews of authors previously unknown to me received strangely aggressive comments.

Robert Blanchett

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:58:52 BST

No, there are lots of formats available on Smashwords.

As for me being precious about sending stuff out in PDF, that's just me being silly. I don't have a reader other than my laptop, but I know quite a few people who do and very many of them swap their Kindles or whatever other gadgets they've got with their friends, so what's the difference? It's the same as borrowing paper books, after all.

It's very good of you to help people with their copy editing. That's every writer's scurge. However careful you are, typos and missing or repeated words etc will escape a brain that edits them out automatically. Another pair of fresh eyes is very valuable.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 12:01:16 BST
Hi Robert

The typo is mine and mine alone.

If it's brought you to us, I'm glad of it. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 13:44:29 BST
Lexi says:
*cough* That'll be 'scourge', Mira...



In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 14:18:00 BST
LOL, Lexi

It would, wouldn't it?

BTW, you need something for that cough. Would an 'o' from me help?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 15:18:31 BST
Lexi says:
I'd better go very quiet for a while in case I commit some similar typo. Nitpicking yours is just asking for trouble.

I'll go and nurse my nasty cough.

*anxiously double checks text before hitting Post*


In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 20:27:51 BST
carocaro says:
Minijax, Mira & Rosanne,
I'm learning SLOWLY. There's so much to consider with e-publisher's, e-reader's, oh and not forgetting the Self Publisher's Lament on You Tube. Minijax knows I was thinking of writing a book as I have the ideas and some say humor, but it's the quagmire of after the book is written that the problem lies, isn't it? Perhaps I should stay with proof reading and editing! However, much of my work is academic & non fiction with the (forgive me if you fit this bill) Ph.D's thinking their work above checking yet more often than not they make the funniest faux pas of all...Medical policies that had Asses all the way through it....until I queried the donkey variety or Assess as her intention! Oh & a stroke specialist who littered his research paper with ASPHASIA..speech loss or difficulty, which should have read APHASIA! Never mind it takes longer editing books but much more pleasurable if you're an avid reader too! Have a good evening and I hope for your advice if I finally try the book!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 20:36:47 BST
carocaro says:
O {}

your fame with emotions and spelling of whiger's are going into the Annals of Forum history then Mira. I'm enjoying playing now!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 20:42:40 BST
Just what my parents always wanted for me, carocaro. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 20:46:18 BST

I'm sure there's a saying - a typo a day keeps somethingoranother (sic) away.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 21:00:25 BST
Lexi says:
A typo a day keeps a reader away?


Posted on 17 Oct 2011, 15:38:29 BST
Minijax says:
I just spotted this 4-star review of Tainted Treeat Amazon.com. Thank you for this, Virginia.:

'This is the type of story that you HAVE to find out how it ends, both for the genealogical thread and the main character's personal thread. I found it engrossing and got back to it every chance I could. I like that she doesn't say "he said" "she said" all the time. But that's a personal quirk. A Little slow paced at times, and I would have like the main character fleshed out a bit more. Scene setting, like when they visit Bath is very good. Enjoyable read and Jacquelynn Luben has excellent writing skills.'

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2011, 20:00:11 BST
Probably. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2011, 15:53:38 BST
Following up on Carocaro's post about the new WH Smith e-reader, I read that they have "over 2.2 million books in the Kobo book store, including more than 1 million free titles." Kindle has 296,043 fiction ebooks. This is why I am wondering how readers can find the books they like and is the reason I have been working through this discussion.

When I was a steward at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival recently, I was very surprised to see how many people bought books at the end of each talk in order to have them signed by the author. This set me wondering, since you can't sign an ebook, has anyone found a way to link up with readers at the end of a talk about their novels if they are only available in e-format?

Posted on 21 Oct 2011, 15:57:19 BST
It is perfectly possible to sign an eBook using Kindlegraph.
It is a simple process.
After a talk, all an author has to do is say, "All those who would like to ask for an ebook signing, please see me after I finish." Then Kindlegraph details - perhaps printed on a bookmark - can be handed out.

Posted on 22 Oct 2011, 21:03:54 BST
lisa says:
Here's a question someone might be able to answer. How do you insert a picture halfway through a Kindle book? I use Mobipock Publisher, and it's fantastic. I can get the formatting perfect and the cover where it should be, but I can't work out how to insert pictures. I'm helping an elderly friend write up a diary from 1950. She went out to India for six months and kept a daily record. She's given me photos to scan, and I'd love to get these inserted into the book so I could send the ebook to her relatives. Anyone know how?

Thank you!
Coombe's Wood
My Demon

Posted on 22 Oct 2011, 21:09:00 BST

I have absolutely no idea. But I think there are some instructions on the KDP site under picture books.

Good luck.
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