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Old 04-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #46
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Hi Ernest, are those outlets that are selling Kai Lung Raises His Voice doing well? I am in Kindle, Mobipocket and Smashwords but always looking to expand audiences.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:43 AM   #47
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are those outlets that are selling Kai Lung Raises His Voice doing well? I am in Kindle, Mobipocket and Smashwords but always looking to expand audiences.
Well, Bearing in mind that it's not been available for the same time everywhere:

Kindle: 4 copies
Lightning Source: none
Lulu: 2 copies

Sigh...

On the plus side, the paper copies have been selling OK. They have been available for a bit longer:

Amazon US: 23 copies
Amazon UK: 9 copies

Hopefully some reviews will appear soon, which may encourage sales.
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What about technical publications?

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With you all the way! DRM is pants and pointless and as a user, I hate it with a passion, I would feel thoroughly hypocritical foisting it on my own readers. The only reason I can see, for having that kind of meanness of spirit with your ideas is because they are drying up. There are plenty more where mine came from so...
Do you guys feel this is true for technical publications as well or does this apply mostly to fiction and literature? I'm about 60% of the way through a training manual for a highly specialized computer software.

Knowledgable people in this occupational area are in VERY high demand and due to the high cost of just buying the software, there is almost no 3rd party support for training. And few opportunities for self learning.

I'm thinking that modestly priced training materials would be useful for small to mid-sized companies who have spent all their budget on software acquisition and don't have enough money left in the budget to train all their employees.

Will I be giving my knowledge away if there is no DRM in this case? It would seem to me that without protection of some sort, I will be not only destroying any profits from book sales, but reducing the value of my own expertise in this field by creating people capable of doing my job.

Any thoughts on this sort of situation?
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:42 AM   #49
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Any thoughts on this sort of situation?
Well, it seems like you'd be competing with O'Reilly and they sell their ebooks DRM-free.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:30 PM   #50
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Well, it seems like you'd be competing with O'Reilly and they sell their ebooks DRM-free.
No I wouldn't. If O'reilly sold a title for this software, I wouldn't have started writing it. But I didn't know that their ebooks were DRM free, clearly I need to understand ebook publishing better. I'm beginning to suspect writing the book is going to be the easy part.
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No I wouldn't. If O'reilly sold a title for this software, I wouldn't have started writing it. But I didn't know that their ebooks were DRM free, clearly I need to understand ebook publishing better. I'm beginning to suspect writing the book is going to be the easy part.
You might want to take a look at http://openp2p.com/lpt/a/3015 for one publisher's view on the subject.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:12 PM   #52
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I'm beginning to suspect writing the book is going to be the easy part.
Writing a book is hard. But yes, selling the book after writing it is harder!

Making it available for people to buy, however, is getting easier and easier.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:43 PM   #53
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Anyone know where I could sell history e-books? I looked on smashwords but it seems they don't have a category for non-fiction history, just historical fiction.
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:08 PM   #54
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Anyone know where I could sell history e-books? I looked on smashwords but it seems they don't have a category for non-fiction history, just historical fiction.
Click on the bit in the border at the top of each page on Smashwords that says "Comments/questions/customer support? Click here!" and ask them, if they don't add it, they'll take the time to explain why and suggest how you could get round it. I'm very impressed with them, they take ideas on board and are quick to reply to queries or requests for help.

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Old 05-29-2010, 04:46 AM   #55
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I can't say enough about how helpful Smashwords.com is about helping new authors to get their books published as ebooks and get onto all the various ereaders. If not for Smashwords I would still be writing my stories strictly for myself. They were the first I found out about and the best I still have found.

Until February of this year I was only writing for me - now my ebooks are reaching people all over the globe and I have gotten very good feedback/reviews from quite a few people who purchased my ebooks on Smashwords.

Thanks to Mark Coker for all he's done in helping out the newbie author.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:02 AM   #56
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On the DRM question, Cory Doctorow (a hero) summed it up in a borrowed quote from elsewhere in a talk recently: "The problem for an independent author isn't piracy; it's obscurity." Cheers. Neil
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I can't say enough about how helpful Smashwords.com is about helping new authors to get their books published as ebooks and get onto all the various ereaders. If not for Smashwords I would still be writing my stories strictly for myself. They were the first I found out about and the best I still have found.

Until February of this year I was only writing for me - now my ebooks are reaching people all over the globe and I have gotten very good feedback/reviews from quite a few people who purchased my ebooks on Smashwords.

Thanks to Mark Coker for all he's done in helping out the newbie author.
With you on that one. I've recently put my ebook up on smashwords, and yesterday had the good news that it's been accepted for the premium catalogue - which will lead to distribution via Amazon, Apple, Sony etc.

Personally, I think Smashwords is going places. My advice to anyone who has written an ebook is to get it onto Smashwords pronto, before the place gets too popular, so that your book isn't swamped by (as yet) too many submissions.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:07 AM   #58
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Just to agree and underscore what Winter said. While considering how I wanted to go about selling my ebooks, I read a lot of commentary on whether to use DRM or not, and Winter has laid out the overall consensus very well. I'll just add the comment, look what has happened to music because of DRM. Everybody hates it, and software that removes DRM from videos and music is big business. The music industry shot itself in the foot.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:53 PM   #59
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I'm fairly annoyed that all these places force authors to use their (the ebook sites') conversion processes, which are normally pretty subpar. I have a professionally formatted ebook that I put quite alot of effort into with InDesign, then also tweaked the formatting on the ePub and MOBI in Oxygen, and I get onto these sites like Smashwords and Feedbooks and they want .doc files and copy paste text. I guess this is in part to cater to people who don't have the knowledge to design a book, and/nor the software, as well as needing to maintain a common formatting style for everything on their sites. But it is frustrating. Are there no sites that allow authors to publish their own formating that follows all the technical guidelines for PDF, ePub, and MOBI? gigapedia is the only site I know of. I'm going to crawl through the ebook Architects and try to find some there.

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I think LuLu has a WYSIWYG editor, but they force to ePub or PDF. You may be able to squeeze it onto amazon with your formatting, but I'm not too sure about that...

AJ, I didn't know you were here. I just saw your book at SW yesterday
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