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Old 12-18-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hello and am I on the right track?

Hello, I'm new here and have zero knowledge of digital formatting. I'm working on marketing a novel (not mine) and want to convert it to formats for devices in order to sell online.

Can you tell me am I on the right track? I looked at the converter and played with it a little. I also read the FAQs but since my lack of knowledge is getting in the way......

Can I upload the book to websites in different formats?

I'll wait to get the answers on that and think about what else I need to know to get started.

Thanks for all your valuable input!

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Old 12-18-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Hello Nasau and welcome to MobileRead.

Yes, if you want to sell novels online it's a good idea to have well formatted versions in all popular formats.
I would advise you to have a look at https://www.smashwords.com, a very good store that helps self-published authors to sell (or give away) their work.
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Thanks!

I think this is answering my question. We didn't want to use Smashwords because we already have a distributor, part of their deal is that they get a cut in the sales. I wanted to format the book myself and use our distributor. Can I do that?
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Hi nasau and welcome to MobileRead. Good luck with the novel.
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Thanks!

I think this is answering my question. We didn't want to use Smashwords because we already have a distributor, part of their deal is that they get a cut in the sales. I wanted to format the book myself and use our distributor. Can I do that?
Of course you can. I only suggested smashwords as a good example to learn from (if your distributor doesn't want exclusivity, you might want to make the novel available through smashwords also - but that's entirely up to you). Feel free to ask anything you need here on the forum. There are separate sections devoted to specific formats, and even converting tools.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:23 PM   #6
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Thanks. It's not what I want but they somehow have some vendetta against Amazon, I think it's CRAZY not to distribute through Amazon but I'm just the worker bee here, So what I want to do is find a program that I can convert to ebook and give the formatted versions to the distributor who seems to think that she can route Amazon and other customers to her site.

When I format using calibre does the end result give you something uploadable/downloadable? That's pretty much what I need to know right now. THANKS SO MUCH, my frustration with this controlling distributor is getting crazy too.
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