Monday, 26 September 2016

A busy week amidst the sniffles and sneezes.

I survived. And so did the deadlines.

Having decided to implement our new eBook distribution strategy that will focus on Ingram Content Group's Ingram Spark, I waited (im)patiently for our files to be transferred from Ingram Group's Lightning Source arm so that the conversion process to ePub could begin.

In a recent post, I talked about our visit to the Publisher Event at Ingram Lightning Source UK printing and distribution facility at Milton Keynes. Naturally, I took the opportunity to take the trip in a relaxed way and spend a couple of nights away. It was a charming interlude, staying by the Grand Union Canal, enhanced by the hot weather.

At the event, we learned more about Ingram Spark which has been set up for the smaller independent publishers like our Christal Publishing. We already had eBooks in Adobe Acrobat Reader under the Lightning Source banner but Ingram Spark - the dedicated eBook arm - offer a manuscript conversion service to ePub - the international standard for eBooks - from the physical book (which are Print on Demand (POD) from one copy to any number as required).

Having pushed a few buttons I will wait patiently for the conversion to be complete. In the meantime, you may notice that our titles have temporarily disappeared from e-Retailers such as Kindle, Apple, Nook, and shortly Kobo so as not to cause confusion and double distribute. By the end of the October we should be back to normal with these digital stores and more such is the global distribution reach of Ingram Spark. Sadly, it will be a while before Amazon Kindle is live again due to Amazon's constraints.

In the meantime, all is not lost.

Currently, we have all titles converted by Smashwords at no cost in the ePub format which qualified, due to quality, for the Premium Catalogue and shipping to major e-Retailers - see above - as well as being in a multitude of formats such as ePub, mobi for Kindle, pdf, rtf, html to name a few in Smashwords own store. This was an answer to a prayer for me five years ago and I do recommend them. Although IT literate, it was a steep learning curve as I followed their excellent style guide for formatting a manuscript for conversion to an eBook.

Formats in the Smashwords store include:

  • ePub for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and tablets
  • mobi for Kindle
  • pdf for desktop (best read in Adobe Acrobat and good for technical and illustrated books such as our Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides)
  • rtf for BeBook e-Reader
  • lrf for older Sony readers
  • pdp for older Palm devices
  • html for reading online
With a choice like that, why not check out our titles on Rosalie Marsh Profile page in the Smashwords store? Watch out for special offers.



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