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Old 03-17-2010, 12:02 PM   #46
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There's a very useful resource I mentioned in another (non-sticky) thread, so I'm re-posting it here so I don't lose it again.

http://ebookarchitects.com/conversions/retailers.php

This list the various ebook retailers and wholesalers, and what their requirements are. It seems to be accurate and up-to-date.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:40 PM   #47
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Apparently (so I read on another forum and on several blogs) it's likely that Smashword books will also be integrated into Fictionwise as well as B&N. Details are pretty scant. And while I can find articles that mention the B&N partnership, not enough details to know exactly how this will work or how things will change.

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Sage: (multiple formats; Amazon or Smashwords--$1.00)
Catch an Honest Thief (Kindle only format: $1.99; a cozy mystery)
If it helps, my free short stories are on B&N and Shortcovers/Kobo via Smashwords but not Amazon, although they should be distributed to Amazon, Sony and Apple eventually...

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My ebooks have been on sale through Lightning Source for a while now. (ePub, DRM-free, 25% discount). Here's a list of stores which seem to have picked them up from the Ingram Digital feed:

BooksOnBoard
CoolerBooks
CyberRead
Diesel eBooks
DirecteBooks
ereadable
Lybrary
OmniLit
Powell's Books

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Old 04-27-2010, 09:36 AM   #49
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I'll weigh in with my experience regarding DRM -- it's not worth it. The technology is unreliable and will work against you far more than it will ever do in your favour.

The only reason big companies (book publishers, video game publishers, etc.) get away with DRM is because their customer base has no choice but to accept it to get the product they want. The challenge for a small author, however, is to get people to want your product in the first place.

The simple fact is, people don't like jumping through hoops, especially when they're paying good money for the privilege. The desire to protect your work is understandable, but it's not realistic. Producing content on the internet is like being one voice in a choir of millions all fighting to be heard. If anyone actually wants to steal your work, they can and they will -- but if you make it difficult for honest readers to get to your content, they have so many other options available that they're not going to want the hassle of dealing with a crippled file. Some people refuse to use anything with DRM on it as a matter of principle.

The big thing at the heart of the DRM fallacy is that DRM doesn't deter pirates, but it does put off honest people who deserve to be able to use the file they bought without added headaches. It's worth remembering.

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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...
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good outlets?

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   #51
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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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Old 05-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #52
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I've published on bdsmbooks.com The guy who runs it is an excellent editor. He doesn't do any marketing other than put it on his web page. Pays on time and answers emails promptly.

I've also published on Reneisanceebooks.com
http://shop.renebooks.com/

Jean who runs it does more of an effort in marketing it so it'll reach more eyes, but you really need a name first.... which I don't have. She's a mess when it comes to book keeping though. Also sucks at answering emails. You get a lot of standard answers that don't really fit. I didn't need any editing done, so I have no idea of her editing skills.
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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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