Friday, 18 November 2011

An electronically stretching time!

Well, at last all electronic formats are up and running. Formatting for Kindle was one thing  they have their own specifications. Formatting for Smashwords was another. To be fair, I did follow their Style Guide when formatting for Kindle as it was so useful to know how to avoid pitfalls. Smashwords have a very clever piece of software which churns up the file into different formats so that virtually anyone can read on-line either on desktop or a reader. Very, clever. Follow the links to go to my page. All books are priced at $3.99 which is a bargain considering the work involved, not only in the formatting (the Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides have a quite specific layout which was challenging) but in the content as all books are full of valuable reference information. There are resource links to follow as well - all with a simple click of the mouse and free!

Hopefully, they will eventually find their way into the Premium Catalogue and be shipped to Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo,  for direct purchase but you can download now to these and and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others, as well as to your Kindle or desktop from the Smashwords site.

It is important I feel to give readership as wide a choice as possible. I do not for a minute believe that e-books will replace print. Reports say that those with e-readers, actually read more. In my view, if someone gulps when they see a big fat book and turns away, or is not a confident reader, then seeing one page at a time like in bite-size chunks, can remove that barrier. Then if they start to want a physical book to keep or a signed copy, they can move on to that.

Being able to make font size larger is a huge plus. Who wants to go into a shop and ask for large print books? That's assuming that the one you want to read comes in large print. Important to retain dignity and independence.

So after all this tweaking and uploading, Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two, Lifelong Learning: A View from the Coal Face and Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development now give you more reading choice than ever.


PS. Finished off the week with my first visit to a WiRE event and had a leisurly ride home accompanied by sunshine and ClassicFM. Now back to more on the Long Leg of Italy. I am in the toe at present.