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They must have close to 50 books. Or more. You will have to wade thru the opportunity to get firebombed with spam email, but the fact that I (shudder) actually signed up for their newsletter to get to the index may protect you. Or not you might have to shovel your own way to get books to learn how to knit and sew and make benches all by your self.
Books on making bracelets, gloves, hats, cookbooks, carpentry, jewelry, leather, and a gazillion links.
I prefer supporting Smashwords to Amazon; Amazon takes a closed-platform approach and encourages DRM in books. Still, lots of people buy through Amazon and I'm not cutting my nose off to spite my face.
Amazon, unlike Smashwords, lets you preview your converted book before publishing it. This is a wonderful thing, and I went through several rounds of formatting. The first time, I uploaded a Word file and discovered some annoying problems, especially with XML formatting. All the monospaced text had been turned into a proportional font, and everything was right-justified. This meant that if a line of code wrapped, it was stretched out with wide spaces to the right margin.
I figured out that the better plan was to save the book as HTML and tweak the CSS. (A basic understanding of HTML and CSS should be part of any self-published e-book author's skill set.) OpenOffice saves a file with lots of CSS markup, without which the effort would have been impossible.
A few changes to the styles produced much better results. Where there was a font declaration of 'font-family: "Courier-new", monospace', I removed the Courier-new reference. It seems to confuse KDP's conversion software. For all styles that applied to computer code, I added 'text-align:left'. For a really big block of computer code, I used <PRE>.
If I'd started with KDP, I would have done a lot more fiddling with the styles, but I might want to update both the Smashwords and KDP editions in the future, so I didn't want the two versions diverging too much.
In setting the foreign-currency prices, I could have opted for automatic conversion from the dollar prices, but this would have led to prices with odd numbers of cents. I figured they'd look more attractive to the buyer if they were all x.99, so I adjusted most of them even if it meant charging a few cents less.
Amazon got back to me the same day with the news that my book was accepted for online sales.
Does anyone know anything more about this situation and when it's likely to be resolved?
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I've got a book ready to upload to Smashwords, and because its formatting is complicated, I've created an EPUB file with Calibre to upload in addition to the Word file. When I upload the EPUB, I get a warning:
File 'META-INF/calibre_bookmarks.txt' in EPUB not listed in manifest!
Your .epub file is missing one or more elements in its manifest. A complete manifest is required for distribution to Apple. Here's how Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB) defines "Manifest":"The manifest element lists all the files contained in the package. Each file is represented by an item element, and has the attributes id, href, media-type. All XHTML (content documents), stylesheets, images or other media, embedded fonts, and the NCX file should be listed here."
I've unzipped the EPUB file, and there's an XML file called content.opf which contains a "manifest" element. It looks as if I should add something there for calibre_bookmarks.txt, but the elements are interrelated, and it's not obvious just what I should do. calibre_bookmarks.txt just contains a regular expression, and maybe it isn't needed. Just deleting it from the Zip file would be easy. Has anyone dealt with this issue before? If I get a quick response, that could help me to decide. If not, I'll try deleting that file from the ZIP and uploading again to see what happens. My announced publication date is Thursday. I did the first upload today because I figured there would be glitches like this. Thanks for any help.
The site also has links to news articles about ebooks, ebook meta, and promo banners.
Now's a great time to post links to free/bargain ebooks you know about, or promo-discounts, or just recs for ebooks you think more people should be reading.
Does anyone know of something like this?
One thought is that there might be some equivalent to a musician's download card, though I haven't seen such a thing.
i keep fiddling with the questions, but as January is already half over (?!) it is time to go ahead and send this out. reposting/demanding all your friends also take the survey is not only appreciated, but encouraged!Survey over here is short and anonymous, and on finishing, you get the links to the roundups of the data from her last surveys. (I expect they're available elsewhere, but I didn't think to keep the tabs open to link later.)
This is one of the better-designed ebook surveys I've seen; it allows multiple answers and doesn't divide the ebook world into "Kindle" and "everything else." My only complaint is with the source-of-ebooks question; none of the stated options are DRM-free stores, although there is an "other" with a text box attached.
When I installed Calibre Portable onto the flashdrive, I moved my previous Calibre library into the new Calibre Portable library instead of picking "Add Books" in Calibre itself. And then I opened Calibre and realized I would still have to use the "Add Books" feature. So I did that and added all the books in my library.
When my library was finished loading, it was like all the changes I'd made to my library were gone. But not only that, there are double the number of books. Half of them aren't actually books--as far as I can tell, they're just the settings I had previously! Is there a way to merge these together? The idea of fixing/deleting 500 books is making me want to cry, lol.
Incidentally, the Kickstarter drive for Files that Last is down to its last few hours and just might make it after all. If anyone feels like helping out with it, I'll be extremely grateful.
I'm working on a book, with the plan of publishing it on Smashwords, called Files that Last. There's a Kickstarter campaign for it, but with time rapidly running out, its chances don't look good. If you want to throw $700 at it, though, I won't object!
Even without the Kickstarter money. I'll publish the book, though without the level of professional review I'd like. I'll still have a professionally designed cover and get proofreading in exchange for a promise of reciprocity.
But to get to my actual question, I've discovered from a trial run book that putting computer code into a Smashwords book and have it come out of the meatgrinder readable is very difficult. I solved the problem there by linking to code files. Has anyone else had experience with code or other difficult-to-format text in ebooks? Any advice would be appreciated.
A Mosque Among The Stars was the first anthology that dealt with the subject of Muslim characters and/or Islamic themes and Science Fiction.
( story descriptions here )
Apparently Bella Books, one of the bigger lesbian publishers out there, is giving away this book for free for a limited time.
Notes: Getting it was fairly hassle-less. You can sign in as guest and put anything you wanted in the customer form, and the "santa" code worked by making it free! :)
I managed to open the browser just fine and log into my google email account. Now I can't figure out how to close the browser. I'd like to be able to open and close the browser at will and only be online when I want to. Is this possible? Thanks.
EDIT: I just answered my own question by doing further research. I see that I have to enable airplane mode to switch off the wifi. But I still would like to know how to close the browser without having to resort to that if there is another way.