Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Smashwords.com

Seeing as Amazon Kindle aren't really cutting the mustard, I've added the three books of "The Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy to Smashwords.com. The real advantage to this site over Amazon is that the conversion process from print layout to electronic layout of the book content is precise (Once you've got to grips with the specific formatting niceties!)... they tell you where you've screwed up on the formatting, and allow you to resubmit when corrected, without any of Amazon's annoyances.
They provide an in-depth, downloadable PDF formatting and style guide which is a damn sight better that Amazon's "Upload it and see what happens" system. The conversion system also generates a comprehensive selection of reader formats (Nine different... not just .mobi for Kindle,) which obviously means a wider market.
They also provide a free ISBN, and distribute  to the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store.

We'll see how it goes!

The Eternal Watchtower Trilogy.

Book One.
A Bright, and Shining Land.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91607
Book Two
The Riddle of Storien-Rhudd.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91927
Book Three.
The Hand of Baelar.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92174

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Online Ebook Converter.

Now, for all you ebook fans; here's an interesting site I stumbled upon:


http://ebook.online-convert.com/


This free online file converter lets you convert media easily and quickly from one format to another. It supports many different source formats...

Text to the ePub ebook format.
Text to the ebook FB2 format.
Text file to the Microsoft LIT ebook format.
Text/pdf file to the Sony LRF ebook format.
Text or ebooks to the mobi format.
Text, ebooks or documents to the Palm PDB ebook format.
Text files to PDF optimized for ebook reader.
Ebooks and text files to the TCR format.

I experimented with a random Mobi to pdf. It works perfectly!  It converts, then downloads to your desktop ready for you to save.
Could be very useful for those wishing to publish on Amazon Kindle, or whatever.