Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Making edits now

I am making my final corrections in the ePub file for Tribes.  As soon as I get those to the conversion house, if should be just a few days until I can upload a file to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Now you can “Look Inside” Kindle books!

Amazon has implemented its Look Inside functionality for Kindle books. That means when you look at the product page for, say, The Sixth Discipline, you can read the beginning of the book without needing to download the sample. The same is true for No Safe Haven, of course.

I'm sure it's no accident that this feature was added just as Amazon launched its Cloud Reader function. It helps considerably in overcoming the lack of a buy button in the Kindle for iPad app. If you're using an iPad, you can get to Amazon with a browser, use Look Inside to see if you want the book, buy it, and then start reading it.  In fact, since the Look Inside chunk appears to match the free sample chunk exactly (except that it has no cover), you could say Look Inside for Kindle books is really just Cloud Reader for the Free Sample.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blog update

In case you hadn't noticed, I added a tab for eBooks & eReaders. There is some very basic info there, aimed mostly at folks who aren't familiar with ebooks at all. Of course, from time to time, I will also post about developments in digital publishing and digital reading (especially when one of my ebooks comes out).

But check out the ebooks tab if you want some links to other good sources on the web.


Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm now on Shelfari!

One of the social networking sites dedicated to readers and book-lovers is called Shelfari. I recently joined it, and added myself as a Shelfari author.  You can see my profile here.

I am already on Goodreads and LibraryThing, but one reason I bothered to join Shelfari is that it is owned by Amazon; when authors add info to their books (i.e., books they wrote)— like characters' names, story setting, and such— on Shelfari, Amazon creates a link to the Shelfari info on the book description page on Amazon.  This gives authors a chance to get more info about their books to potential readers. Plus, Shelfari is one more group of people who love to read, and I am all about readers.

Check out the Book Extras section on the Amazon page for The Sixth Discipline and you'll see the link to Shelfari.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

eReader Panel at the Baltimore Book Festival

If you are in the Baltimore area, and you have any interest in ereaders, I will be at the Baltimore Book Festival on Friday, September 23, participating in a panel, sponsored by the Maryland Romance Writers, on "Which E-Reader is Right For You?"  The panel starts at 1:00. Details are here.

I'll post a reminder when it's closer to that date.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tribes is on its way!

The edited manuscript for Tribes is at the conversion house and should be back the last week in August.  Depending on how long the final proof takes, it should be on all ebook platforms by the first week in September.

See the top right corner of this page for the cover of Tribes.