I’m fond of soft launches, so it’s likely that some of you will know this already, but The Nameless Knight has been released! It’s now available on Amazon, and will be available soon on Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo Books, and a bunch more through Smashwords’ extended distribution.
As you may know, I’m sometimes a web developer as well as being a writer/swordfighter. Being a dev means knowing all kinds of random stuff about what makes the Internet tick, and incidentally, it also lets me understand a few things about ebooks.
Ebooks can track the stuff you do when you read them.
Okay, so there’s this format called ePub, right? Most of the big retailers either use this format or a variant of it, with the exception of Amazon (the Kindle format is based on Mobipocket). ePub is a free, open standard that uses XHTML and a subset of the most common CSS rules that web developers and designers know inside out.
So… I’ve been debating Kindle Unlimited, and my biggest concern is whether it’s useful to readers. There’s already been a million words spilled on whether it’s good for authors, which is… neither here nor there, as my mother would say. The strength of it really depends on whether readers use it.
Trying to actually get info on the opinions of readers, though, is far more tricky than I thought it would be. My Google-fu is pretty strong, and I still struggled to get some basic articles written by readers or bloggers – not authors – on how much they got out of KU for the prince of $10 a month. So for what it’s worth, this is what I found – what readers think about KU.
I’ve been following the Amazon vs. Hachette dispute with interest, mostly for the entertainment value. I don’t have much time to write on it myself, unfortunately, but one thing has finally prompted me to say something: the fact that Doug Preston, Authors United, and David Streitfeld, for example, are supposedly impartial, and not taking sides, when it’s clearly – CLEARLY – not the case. They are the old guard, on the side of Hachette and against Amazon.
So here’s the deal, for all of you authors who are wondering…
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I created this to combat three problems:
- Many authors use things like the Amazon Affiliate widget to display their books, which is stripped out of webpages by adblockers. This results in their books never being seen by a significant chunk of users, as adblockers are the most popular plugins for Chrome and Firefox.
- If authors want to just add their books and a link to Amazon, etc, they’re obliged to know some HTML and it’s something of a pain in the ass.
- Neither option is ideal when books can be available on multiple websites.
I’ve written before on the problem of adblockers taking out Amazon listings. In a nutshell, Firefox and Chrome’s most popular addons are adblockers, which strip annoying ads out of webpages as they load up. They unfortunately take out Amazon’s book affiliate widget too, and this is a big problem if an author is using it to display their books on their website.
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