Monday, January 30, 2017

And now in paperback ...

Given that my Guide is now in its eighth edition, you can appreciate why I've hesitated to put out a print edition -- the publishing business changes so fast! But now I have bitten the bullet, and Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting is available on the Amazon store. The book includes a chapter on publishing a print edition, because I think you should do that as well. Over the past six months, I've seen my print sales increase while digital sales were stagnant or even fell, so that now they are nearly equal.

On the US store, the "Matchbook" price is zero, meaning that if you purchase the paperback, you can get the Kindle edition free. But you might want to hold that opportunity in reserve. I update the e-book once a year (and sometimes more often); that's a whole lot more difficult with print.

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  1. Hi NJ. I am trying to purchase your latest eBook guide but unable to do so as I purchased an earlier version in Oct 2014. I get this message from Amazon informing me of previous purchase and not letting me proceed. Any ideas how I can buy your latest version. I am in the UK but I don't think that makes too much difference. Thanks in advance

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  2. You should be able to buy the paperback! And some people have reported success with the e-book by going to https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201706240 and clicking on Contact Us. Tell the Support rep that you understand there's a corrected version of the book and you would like them to "push" it to your Kindle archives. Give them the ASIN (inventory number). Good luck!

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  3. Hi Notjohn. Do you do phone or Skype consulting by the hour? I'm publishing a non-fiction book via Kindle and CreateSpace using Word for Mac, and have some questions regarding Table of Contents, image size, and so on. If you do provide such a service, how much do you charge? Thanks.

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    1. No, I put everything I know into my Guide! If you really need help, I suggest Hitch (Hitch is a she) at booknook.biz or Charlie at ebookpioneers.com

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  4. Hi Notjohn, do you have any tips on embedding foreign language fonts (like Russian or Hindi) into ebooks that will be sold on Amazon? This isn't a problem for me when I upload my books to iBooks, but Amazon seems to be stripping my CSS of all these foreign language fonts. Any ideas would be really helpful!

    P.S. I've very much enjoyed your book and this might be the only question that it didn't answer for me!

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    1. It is possible to embed fonts in a self-published books, but it isn't easy, it doesn't always work, and I've never done it. The safest way is to use html tags or Unicode to display the letters, or to use images instead of text. Sorry! It's a bit above my pay scale.

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  5. Hi N.J. I have, what I hope, is a simple question. Are the Kindle paperbacks one standard size? I'm hoping to put my two published books into paperback format and a third book very soon. I checked the forums and couldn't seem to find anything. I'd appreciate any help you can give or places to search for an answer. Thanks.

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    1. Many sizes, BUT!

      KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September. The process was buggy, and it seems to remain so to this day. The quality of the books that actually go on sale is rather low, as you can see by doing a search on Amazon for *Independently published*

      Its sole advantage is that the author-publisher gets to see his or her paperback sales on the same page as the Kindle sales. But really, how big an advantage is that? How many seconds does it take, really, to check one's sales on Createspace--ten seconds, thirty seconds?

      In exchange, you get that buggy publishing process, no physical proof copy, no discounted author copies for gift or resale, and no distribution to Barnes & Noble or to brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Most small bookstores will, as a favor to a customer and perhaps a small surcharge, order a Createspace or IngramSpark paperback.)

      My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales.

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    2. NJ, thank you so much. I know as I scrolled through the forums I was seeing some of that. Great advice and I'll take it.

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