Hot answers tagged

41 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

Is there a practical, effective way to prevent this IP theft? Yes. As someone who has pirated countless books, I might give you some insight into my frame of mind. There's a very simple way you can ...
18 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

There is probably no stopping of file sharing in the modern world. But there is a chance we can make it cool to be backer and investor, sponsor and patron. Patreon, flattr, kickstarter, indiegogo ...
18 votes
Accepted

What matters more when it comes to book covers? Is it ‘professional quality’ or relevancy?

It depends. Using Amazon's book store as an example: If your book is in an Amazon category that has very few books and the reader finds a poorly-done homemade cover that speaks to what they are ...
  • 9,903
13 votes

What matters more when it comes to book covers? Is it ‘professional quality’ or relevancy?

Am I to believe that the person will move on and not check it out simply because it was clearly homemade? Yes, believe that. Of course, believe that on average, you will still get some percentage of ...
  • 96.9k
10 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

If you want people to be honest, make it easy for them to do so. Eighteen years ago, there was a hugely popular computer program called "Napster". It let people share their music collections with ...
  • 620
7 votes

How can you start writing multi-author collaborative book?

Outline the book so the work can be broken up and worked on in individual pieces. Use Google Docs with a shared folder (can be shared with specific Google users by user id) Those two things should ...
  • 6,457
7 votes

What matters more when it comes to book covers? Is it ‘professional quality’ or relevancy?

There are two issues at play here, which I believe you are conflating. The first is the themes or "hook" which is conveyed by the imagery on the cover; the second is the professionalism of the cover. ...
  • 399
6 votes

Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

I can give you my personal experience. I wrote The Darkest Wand, Memoirs from Special Education, and Father Pimp. None of them are best sellers, but 2 made it to the top 50 list while on sale for free....
  • 303
6 votes

Will people not want to download my book if it's put up on sale for free?

Klara, I share the same thought as you... When I personally see a book that is "free" I wonder why it is free. A person puts a lot of effort into things and to give it away freely would make me wonder ...
  • 4,571
6 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

As a blog author and publisher and open source programmer, I feel even more exposed to "IP theft". But "IP theft" does not exist for me when I write or publish program source codes, even though I ...
6 votes

Do you have to pay a fee for Web Content Accessibility (WCA) before Amazon accepts your ebook?

Business Correspondence with misspellings and punctuation errors are a red flag for a scam. Amazon recommends your e-book be accessible, but does not require it, according to their guidelines: To ...
  • 8,750
5 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

It is sad but true that without strict enforcement of anti-piracy laws, and in the absence of broad cultural perceptions that consider the act of acquiring and reading a pirated ebook as either ...
4 votes

How do I get my ebook advertised for free?

Social media. Get your friends to share it on Facebook. Link to it on Twitter. Make an Instagram post. Write a little review on Tumblr. Use enough hashtags that people will be able to find it and post ...
4 votes
Accepted

Fees questions around self publishing ebook over Kindle

You can create the files for an e-book yourself. Amazon provides free software to help you do this. Kindle books are in HTML, the language of web pages, with some variations. So if you're familiar ...
  • 25.4k
4 votes
Accepted

How do I program a game for an ereader?

CYOA games require a method by which the reader's choice from a list of options changes the current page to an associated link. In most publishing platforms, this can be easily accomplished. Take a ...
  • 10.8k
4 votes
Accepted

Can I self-publish a paperback through Amazon KDP, but make the e-book available elsewhere?

As stated on a similar question on Quora, you can publish in multiple places if you publish with KDP. If, however, you publish with KDP Select, as stated in the terms and conditions, you cannot ...
  • 11.6k
4 votes
Accepted

Dealing with Amazon Kindle where clueless behavior has been consistent

If you have or can get hold of a couple of pieces of software, one being Microsoft Word (any old version) and the other being Calibre (free to download here) then you can use the instructions on this ...
  • 7,703
4 votes

What about pictures in a story book

Illustrated books for adults are not uncommon. Consider for example the illustrated Lord of the Rings or Stardust. In fact, illustrations might serve as an incentive for fans to buy an extra copy of a ...
4 votes

Writing a Non Fiction: Need to Format a Continuous Side Bar

While I haven't done exactly what you're doing, I've often needed to format two side-by-side sections that are in precise vertical positions. Formatting for two columns does not work well. It's okay ...
4 votes
Accepted

How to add individual citations or copyrights to an eBook?

I would add a paragraph for each story under the story title, then separated from the story by a line or something like that. Like how many cookbooks do it. Sometimes they explain about the recipe, ...
3 votes

How do I get my ebook advertised for free?

One Missed Opportunity You could even put a link to your book on your StackExchange profile. It is very free and I just checked yours for the book. Unfortunately it was not there. Create a Blog ...
  • 6,457
3 votes

Choice of format for publishing to Kindle

The way I did my last Kindle book was this. I'm at a different computer right now so I don't have the files, I don't remember the extensions and all. If I'm misleading you on details, let me know and ...
  • 25.4k
3 votes

Use Pen Name after Blunder?

Good luck with your writing career. I wouldn't worry about the blunder. Often, that sort of thing can make you sound more human and you can even use it as a marketing trick later in your career. ...
3 votes

What "formats" are there for eBooks?

They are different file types, but they are file types understood by ebook readers. Specifically the three most popular are epub, mobi, and pdf; although there are others. By the way Calibre is ...
  • 2,815
3 votes

Do I have to pay royalties when I use research information?

Almost never. Royalties apply to copyright, and copyright only applies to the literal text of the material. Anything you learn, you can use, so long as you don't use word-for-word quotations without ...
3 votes

How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

I've been giving this some thought, and while I don't have a complete answer to this problem here are my current thoughts as a fellow IP creator (different industry, same problem): Bear in mind that ...

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible