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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 counteract this "theft": Put a donation link on your website. You'd be surprised if I told you how many times I wanted to donate to an author after reading ...


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I would strongly advice against offering a "pre-release sample". Offering a first chapter or two for free to get your readers hooked before they have to pay is a nice touch in my opinion, but providing a portion of your novel before it is all finished sounds risky. What if you realize by the 80% mark that something is horribly broken in the beginning and you ...


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Unlike the other answers, let me try to give you a practical, nuts and bolt answer. When you go to self-publish your book, either as an ebook(Amazon, Kobo, etc) or print(Createspace etc), you are asked to give an author name. This field is not automatically filled based on your registered name. So you can fill in any name you want in the author field. This ...


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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 and many other sites and services exist at this point and then I haven't even searched particularly notoriously after them the last year or so. There is a ...


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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 interested in, they may click on it simply because there aren't many others to choose from. However, if your book is in a well-populated category, competing with ...


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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 people that will click on it, but most people won't. The quality of the cover art influences the perception of quality of writing. Something that looks ...


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If you publish the initial chapter, there's one thing you should make damn sure: That the readers are guaranteed to know up front that they are reading only a part of the story. Nothing puts you down more than if you expect to get the full story, and then detect that it's only a part, and you have to pay for the rest. This is true even if the author didn't ...


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If you really think someone is going to use your book as a how-to, then write a preface which is a single large, comprehensive disclaimer. Put all the "don't do this at home" copy there, and if it's an e-book, throw in the occasional link back to it. (Also, don't publish genuine secrets, and you may want to have the number of a good lawyer on hand as a ...


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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 each other in violation of all sorts of copyright laws. The music publishers were up in arms over this, and filed hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against ...


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I assume your students are interested in self-publishing. Traditional publishing is a whole different ball game. Key Factors To Consider Rights. One of the main draws of self-publishing is that you keep all your rights over your work. However, plenty of sub-par services exist which'll be happy to take 'em off your hands. Before posting work anywhere, and ...


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Question: I have a [...] romance short I’m thinking of publishing, but it’s currently about 1,700 words. At that length, do you think it would work better as a free story on my blog? Or should I still try to sell it? Answer: I have six different stories at that length up for $2.99. And I also have all six in stand-alone paperbacks for $4.99 through ...


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Before going ahead with the rest of the answer, please keep in mind that pdf is not usually considered as a true ebook format. Some standards, based on a number of pdf ebooks (technically not standard but convention): Page Size: Usually 6-by-9 inches or 7-by-10 inches (but there is no fixed size. You can even use A4 or smaller; Ebooks larger than A4 would ...


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Is your goal to actually hide your identity? Like you're advocating the violent overthrow of the government and you don't want the police to track you down? Or maybe more realistically, you're afraid your writing might interfere with business relationships, like you don't want co-workers to know that you're writing sex novels? Or is it that you think a ...


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Check out Sigil. It's a multi-platform EPUB ebook editor with the following features: Online Sigil User's Guide, FAQ, and Wiki documentation Free and open source software under GPLv3 Multi-platform: runs on Windows, Linux and Mac Full UTF-8 support Full EPUB 2 spec support Multiple Views: Book View, Code View and Split View WYSIWYG editing in Book View, ...


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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 get you there because Google Docs will even allow multiple users to edit a document at the same time and show the live edits (in real-time) which are done by each ...


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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. In my experience, I have found that both elements are necessary to earn a click. A professional cover which conveys no information, such as a plain text one, ...


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They are all distributors for your book. So for traditionally published authors, the publisher handles distribution- sending your book to stores, Amazon etc. For self publishing, you have to do this yourself. Lulu and Createspace originally distributed only print books, though they also do ebooks now. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon's ebook programme. ...


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Do you mean something like Project Gutenberg? You should read the legalese for copyright issues, though.


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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. All together with print and digital, I've sold somewhere around $500-$1000 of books on my own (sorry - I never tracked sales super-closely). Advertising ...


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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 if something is wrong. I have no problem with the writer giving away limited copies for free as a promotional gig, but to have it free indefinitely in a store ...


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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 earn good money with those. Why? I ditched that frightening term from my vocabulary. It does not contribute to anything, quite the opposite in fact. If carry ...


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According to these figures, 55% of ebook buyers use the amazon kindle, regardless of their accuracy, the kindle is a very popular device. The (non-drm) format which works best with the kindle is the mobi. Pdf on the kindle is sometimes unreliable. All other popular ereaders I know of support epub, and people on a pc will be fine with html and/or PDF.


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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 criminal or unethical (and I am talking society and culture here, not intellectual property laws or their enforcement) any reader who can get an ebook free is ...


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TL;DR: Don't bother with Apple iBookstore unless you really, really want to because their market share is very small, albeit not insignificant. Instead, focus on Amazon, B&N and maybe Google eBookstores. You could buy a secondhand Mac but that might be a bit much to invest in just to submit your eBook to Apple. Or, you could use an eBook ...


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There are a few organizations that focus on getting new authors introduced to more readers, the one I am mainly associated with is http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/ . Basically contact them and say that you're a writer having writen a new free book and would like help getting it known. They normally respond quickly. You don't have to use them or feel ...


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Why are you using CSS anyway? I use Scrivener, and I use the inbuilt features to convert to ebook formats. In practice, there are only two ebook formats. Pdf is a terrible formats for eReaders, and I've never heard anyone using it as such. The two used by the biggest sellers (Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo etc): Mobi for Kindle. I don't know about Kf8, but ...


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MS Word brings a lot of trash along, when converted to HTML. By trash, I mean unnecessary formating tags and styles that can mess your content if you decide to change it in the future. I won't give much more details but MS Word was design to create Doc files, not HTML. If you need something else than Doc files, Word is probably not for you. HTML is ...


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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 during a time of day when more people are online. Get people to review it on Amazon.


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