Friday, 16 December 2011

Why e-books Part Two - Variety of choice with Just Us Two and others

I was chuffed this week to see the Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides in the Apple iTunes book store. After all the formatting hoops I talked about last week there is still no guarantee that Apple will include the titles shipped (submitted). Today I saw that Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two has landed on the e-book shelves at Apple iTunes book store. I am feeling a real sense of satisfaction. It was a difficult call and one we deliberated over for a while.

Chasing Rainbows, Lifelong Learning:A View From the Coal Face and Release Your Potential have also landed on the Barnes and Noble Nook shelves in ePub format along with Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery (a different publisher and not in Apple and Sony stores).
All three have docked in the  ebook store of Diesel after shipping in both ePub and Adobe  formats for Adobe Digital Editions. Not got Adobe D.E.? Download for free from  Some titles still

Kobo is another e-reader.It has recently teamed up with WHSmith in the UK. Chasing Rainbows and Release Your Potential should soon appear alongside my other titles. They were shipped on a later boat so to speak. (Shipping is an American term.)
Soon they will be on their way to Sony for the Sony e-reader so watch this space.But in the meantime you can download to your Sony reader from Smashwords or in any other reader or PC. The Adobe format is also available from e-retailers worldwide
Downloading direct from your e-reader store now widens the choice for you. Don't forget the Kindle format and Kindle Apps for Desktop,Androids iPad etc.from AmazonUS store Amazon UK store Amazon Germany Amazon France Amazon Italy Amazon Spain  as well as print paperback versions.
And of course print versions are also available worldwide. Still time to order for Christmas delivery if you are quick.
So why not pay these stores a visit, download to your reader and get stuck in over Christmas. They are so reasonably priced you could possibly download all of them.
Chasing Rainbows is the sequel to Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery and the new LLL Personal Effectiveness Guides will help you to focus on improving your knowledge and skills, so important for success in everyday life. More information on

Happy reading!
Rosalie xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Why offer a variety of e-book formats?

Well, we got the print versions out. And then the Kindle e-book. Some would say that that was enough, especially as you can download free applications (apps) for other readers and PC desktop.
So why go jumping through the hoops of formatting to some very specific guidelines for another e-book distributor for what is virtually the same audience?
Well, just as you want your print books to be available in as wide a selection of booksellers as possible - this includes brick & mortar and on-line - so you want your e-books available as widely as possible. 
I don't believe that electronic books will replace print. Not fora minute. They can remove barriers as you only see one page at a time in bite-sized chunks. The print can be enlarged, making for a better reading experience if you have sight difficulties or just don't like the tiny print you often find in some books. Reports suggest that those with e-readers actually read more;that over half are over 50yrs;that70 -80 yr olds are using them as many find turning a page difficult - much easier to press a button. The important thing is to read and to enjoy the reading experience.
Although Amazon have the lion's share of the print and e-book market, not everyone wants to shop there. Nor does everyone want to, or can, shop on-line. There are still parts of the UK for instance which do not have broadband provision. There are many who are not familiar with, or want to use, a computer. I read that there are approx 9 million people in the UK who cannot use the Internet! I know a couple of people who would rather ride their Gold Wing motorbikes than use a computer.
We all have our favourite retailer.Therefore books must be available at whatever store,in whatever format,via whatever shopping experience is the preferred option.
The Just Us Two travel books and the new Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides are available worldwide in print to be purchased either on-line or from your local bookseller. If they are not in stock in your local store,(and let's face it no one store can stock all of the millions of books in print) they can be ordered without problems. Delivery is quick with the modern technology used. On-line purchases are by order only anyway.
So that takes care of print. However, e-readers are rapidly expanding, not only in type such as Apple iPad, iPhone, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony, Kobo (Blackberry Playbook tablet reads Kobo), Diesel etc., but in ownership. I mentioned earlier that Amazon have free apps for most of these and PC desktop/Laptop. This is important as Amazon have far more e-books in their store than other e-retailers. However, customers often prefer to shop for downloads direct from their readers' retail store or  e.g. Apple.Kobo. (Just Us Two has been a  Nook book and Kobo book for some time.)

It is all about choice and availability.

That is why I have been jumping through formatting hoops these last few weeks. And it has paid off. All Christal Publishing books can be downloaded direct from the Smashwords site  for readers and PC.They are currently being shipped to the e-retailers mentioned above having passed all high quality formatting checks to qualify for the Premium Catalogue. 
Was that a pat on the back? Thanks!
They are also being shipped to other e-retailers such as Powell's in the US or Fishpond in Australia  where they can be downloaded in Adobe Digital Editions having passed all formatting quality specifications there. They take a few weeks to appear.

Latest news is that Kobo have teamed with WHSmith in the UK to offer Kobo books.

So, happy reading.There is a lot to choose from . It's nice to curl up with a good print book even though an e-reader is more convenient some times. So it is not a case of 'either or  ' but  'both' You can have your cake and eat it.

Rosalie xx