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10 Places To Get Free eBooks

10 Places To Get Free eBooks.

This is a list of good places to download free ebooks, written by my colleague over at eBook Reader Software.

Independent Authors: Use The Internet To Promote Your Books (Article)

If you’re an independent author who isn’t being promoted by a traditional publishing company, it’s likely that you’ll have to do the bulk of the marketing for your books. This is especially true if you’ve self-published, whether in paper or ebook format. You can accomplish a lot by using the internet.

Your Own Website

I highly recommend setting up your own website. I also recommend going with a website that you actually have to pay hosting fees for – not a freebie. This will appear much more professional and you’ll have full control over your website. (Owning a website is not expensive. You can get good hosting for $100 per year or less, and domain names are only $10.)

You can choose a domain name for your website that won’t be cluttered. For example, you can register something like yournamebooks(.com). This type of domain name is easy to remember and looks great on things like business cards or your email signature.

When you have your own website, you can use it as a hub for everything related to you and your books. You can link to every website that sells your books, which will help out your ranking in Google. You can also link to your Facebook and Twitter profiles, and post any photos or other media that you want.

It’s a great idea to give away some free content to your readers. You can use your own website to offer ebook downloads that contain the first chapter of your book or other free samples. You can also do this on some blogging websites, but you’ll have much more control on your own website. Speaking of blogging …

Blogging

As an author, blogging is a natural way to engage your readers. If a person is interested in your writing, they’ll love to read more from you between book releases. People like to learn more about the real person behind the writing, so you can develop a more personal relationship with all of your readers by writing about yourself, your daily life, and of course your upcoming projects.

Blogging software is free, and you can either use the online version or install the blog onto your own website.

Social Networking Sites

Having a presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter has become expected. If you gather some followers, you can use these websites as free advertizing for yourself. On Facebook you can create your own ‘Page’ which people will ‘Like’ and you can then post updates, news, photos, etc. Using these websites is an easy way to remind people that you exist on a daily basis. You should be careful not to become too over-promotional, though. Just like with blogging, your readers are interested in learning more about you as a person, and they’re not interested in being bombarded with advertizements.

Learn More!

Many books have been written on the subject of internet marketing. If you’re serious about trying to market yourself, it will be useful to learn more about it. You can find a lot of free information online or check out books at your library. Promoting yourself can be a big job, but the more you know about it, the better you will do.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/online-promotion-articles/independent-authors-use-the-internet-to-promote-your-books-5225854.html

About the Author

eBookMall.com is an independent eBook retail website that supports most ereaders, smartphones, and tablets. Find bestsellers and bargains. Authors and publishers can submit eBooks.

Printable eBooks (Article)

Below is an article written by my colleague Jared Scott, who writes eBook Reader Software. I wanted to re-post this article here because, in my experience, this is something that often trips people up. Many people tend to assume that PDF files are always printable.

I think that folks have gotten used to the idea that not all other ebook formats are printable, especially when they’re made specifically for reading on e-readers or other devices. But PDF is an especially tricky one, and I think it will continue to be for a long time since PDF files will always have the capability of being printed. The big question that has to be answered upfront is whether a specific PDF file has had that capability turned off or not.

Here’s the article:


Here is the quick answer: Most ebooks are not printable, and if you’re not sure whether an ebook is printable, it’s best to assume that it is not.

This question regarding whether ebooks are printable or not seems to have become less of an issue over the past year or two, as more ebook reader devices have become available and as they have become more popular. Before that, ebooks were being used on the computer more than they are now. Also, people would often purchase an ebook with the intent of downloading it to their computer and then printing a copy.

Personally, I think that’s pretty silly. I am guessing that the idea behind this method is that you could buy an ebook and print it faster than you could buy a paper book and wait for it to be delivered. But when you consider the cost of printer paper and printer ink, I don’t think it makes much sense.

Another situation that might lend itself to printing an ebook is when an independent author has self-published his/her book as an ebook, but it’s not available as a paper book. In that case, a person might be interested in the content of the book but not want to read it on a screen. In this situation, printing an ebook makes a little more sense, but it still seems like way too much trouble to me.

The majority of ebooks that you’ll buy are not printable at all. Let’s consider each popular ebook format separately:

Kindle AZW Format:

I don’t own a Kindle or use Kindle ebooks (I have a BeBook Neo) so I’ve never tried to print a Kindle ebook. However, I searched Amazon’s Kindle Help section and I couldn’t find any information about printing at all. This leads me to believe that Kindle ebooks don’t have a printing function. Since they are designed to be read on Kindle devices, or other Kindle apps for your computer or mobile devices, it makes sense that a printing function would not have been built into the software.

Microsoft Reader Format:

Microsoft Reader ebooks are not printable at all. Microsoft did not build a printing function into the software.

Mobipocket Reader Format:

Mobipocket Reader ebooks are not printable at all. Again, Mobipocket did not build a printing function into the software. This makes sense because even though Mobipocket ebooks can be read on a Windows PC, they were primarily designed for reading on mobile devices like Blackberrys, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, etc.

Palm eReader Format:

Again, same story. There is no printing function because this software was designed to be used on mobile devices.

EPUB Format:

EPUB ebooks are printable by default. If the EPUB file is being protected by DRM, such as with Adobe’s Content Server DRM, then the publisher of the ebook can disable the printing function. If you’re not sure whether this has been done, it’s safest to assume that you won’t be able to print the ebook. Don’t buy an ebook with the intention of printing it if you’re not sure whether you will be able to print it.

PDF Format:

PDF is the most likely candidate for printing, but you still have to make sure that printing hasn’t been disabled by the publisher of the ebook. When a PDF file is created with Adobe Acrobat, the creator of the file can change the document security so that printing is not allowed. (Other features can also be disabled, such as the ability to copy text from the document.)

Other Formats like Word, txt, HTML:

Microsoft Word files, plain text files (.txt) and HTML files are printable. But like I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t consider these files types to be real ebooks.

Should eBooks Be Printable?

My answer is: I don’t think that ebooks need to be printable. One of the main differences between an ebook and a paper book is that the ebook is not printed on paper. If you buy an ebook and then print it, you lose some of the benefits of ebooks like the fact that they don’t use up trees, and the fact that they are digital files that don’t take up physical space.

Many book publishers don’t want their ebooks to be printable because they are concerned about copyright violations. Printing an ebook multiple times with the intention of re-selling it is much easier than scanning a book and then printing off multiple copies.

There are some cases in which an ebook needs to be printable. Some ebooks contain maps, charts, or other graphics that might need to be printed. There are also ebooks that contain plays or sheet music that might need to be printed by the person who is using them. In those cases, it is important that the book publisher leave the printing function available for the consumer. But like I said above, if you are buying an ebook with the intention of printing it, check with the seller before placing your order.

In a nutshell, you can determine fairly easily whether an ebook will be printable or not if you consider the format of the ebook and whether or not it is protected by DRM. If the ebook is EPUB or PDF, it will probably be printable if there is no DRM present. If the ebook is in a format that was designed for use on e-readers or other mobile devices, then it is not printable. If you’re buying a current popular ebook from a mainstream ebook retailer, you should assume that the publisher of the book requires DRM on the download, which will disable printing in most cases.

Bottom line: If you want a printed book, buy a printed book. Don’t buy an ebook.

Original post here.

EPub Validation

Author: compliance

EPUB validation tool is an essential tool that enlists the errors in the EPUB file, an electronic book format that has become the industry standard, allowing eBooks that use this format to be read on a wide range of eReaders available now a days. EPub was developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, a trade organization of e-book manufacturers, retailers, software developers and publishers that from has been working to create an open, one-size-fits-all format.

Epub mainly consists of three specifications, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF. “EPUB” allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications.

Any text containing document can be converted to EPUB format using various converters or conversion services as EPUB is the preferred format for reading on many ebook readers, including the Barnes & Noble Nook, Android, and the Apple iOS iBooks platform that runs on iPhone and iPad

During epub conversion most of the times, the standards that are to be maintained for epub reflowable digital books are not maintained and it causes various types of error. To identify such kind of errors, epub validation tool was discovered. The epub validation tool identifies the errors and then the epub book developer can eliminate those errors and can create the epub format book that meets all the ePub 1.0.5 standards. The epub validation tool checks OCF container structure, OPF and OPS mark-up. Even if an eBook displays correctly in all major eBook readers, some publishers do not accept it if it does not pass the validation check. So EPUB Validation more or less becomes indispensable.

The best way to make sure that your eBook is a 100% valid EPUB file is to upload your DRM-free ePub document from your disk at EPub Validation . This validation tool will help you to enlist the errors in the EPUB file that are to be corrected.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/communication-articles/epub-validation-3154078.html

About the Author

All the authors, publishers, copyright owners looking for paid professional assistance in validating, formatting or meeting Apple iBookstore standards for ePub file, contact Bob@epubconversion.com

Creating ePubs with Sigil

Creating ePubs with Sigil.

This is a useful review of the free program Sigil that my colleague just wrote. Sigil is a free program for creating .epub files from txt or HTML. This is a great option for self-publishing authors.

A Book Publisher’s Point Of View

Author: Oli Osorhan

Many writers aspire to write books. Writing a book is a long, involved, difficult process. Book publishing is harder. A writer may submit his book repeatedly only to be turned down. The writer may eventually succeed. Wouldn’t it have been easier to get published the first time? Is that possible?

You can improve your chances of a publisher accepting your book manuscript if you understand more about what happens at the publisher’s desk. Book publishers are busy people with several projects bombarding their desks every day. They must decide quickly about what will sell. They must also delegate their time efficiently to keep the business running. Only occasionally do publishers actually seek out work. Let’s look at a typical work day of a publisher to help you understand book acceptance and book publishing.

PERSIST AND PERSEVERE

Writers must be persistent. Regardless of how many times a publisher rejects your book manuscript and throws your ideas in the trash, you have to keep going back for more discouragement. Eventually you’ll make it in the door. If you can get all the way through, you will finally get to a place where publishers accept more of your work. When working with a book publisher, the rule is the same. If you have a book that you know will sell, you must persevere to get the publisher’s attention. Most likely, you will be sending excerpts of your book, not the entire book, to a publisher. As you continually send your manuscript or book excerpts to publisher after publisher, you should try to market it in different ways. Publishers seek a particular kind of writing; they will dismiss anything that doesn’t meet their criteria and high standards. Variation in your marketing techniques may turn a rejected book into an accepted book.

WHAT DO BOOK PUBLISHERS WANT?

Book publishing is a strange business. People’s tastes are somewhat fickle. A book publisher has to keep up with what kinds of books will sell. It seems mysteries will always have a place on the bookshelves. Crichton and Grisham may tie up the book market until they are finished. That is just one example from one genre of books. Publishers have to keep track of what is selling in all areas of literature. The best way for you to get your work noticed is to make it look similar to what is already selling in the marketplace. Be careful not to imitate style or voice of another author. Write with your own unique words while imitating the use of popular public opinion. Another way to improve your chances of getting published is to find out who’s publishing what.

ARE YOU MARKETING TO THE RIGHT PUBLISHER?

Some publishers specialize in a certain kind of writing. If you are writing a novel, you’ll look stupid (and get rejected) if you send it to publishers who publish technical manuals. How do you find out who is the most likely candidate to publish your work? There are reference manuals, such as Writer’s Market, at your library that will tell you who’s publishing what and what publishers are seeking. It will contain valuable information leading you to children’s book publishers, novel publishers, and textbook publishers. If the handbook at your library is not up to date, your next option is to check out the new releases and best sellers rack at the bookstore. Buy a few books and read them. You’ll have a much better feel for the book market as a consumer first, and book writer second.

Book publishing is difficult to break into. It can be helpful to approach the issue from the direction of the publisher. Before you submit your manuscript again, improve your chances of acceptance by following these tips:

1) Change your marketing style so that you grab attention;

2) Make sure you are a book consumer yourself. You’ll get a better feel for what’s selling and what a publisher will buy. You’ll also find out who is publishing which types of books.

3) Finally, by buying the product you are trying to sell, you will improve the book economy all together. Publishers need to see people buying books before they can commit to publishing more.

Many authors begin their careers with the single goal of getting their book published by a reputable publisher. Book publishing is difficult to accomplish. It takes many months of work and extensive preparation. Writing a book involves intricately woven ideas. A book is a project, and it may contain many other projects that involve research, development, and marketing. Most authors are disillusioned about the intensive process of creating a full, coherent book. Writing a book and finding a publisher is like nothing you have ever done before. It will take extensive and intensive work and development. It will also probably include much of everything you know, and more.

http://www.book-marketing.moneybizhome.com

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/ebooks-articles/a-book-publishers-point-of-view-1439253.html

About the Author

Oli works full time as a Market Analyst.He graduated in Management.He can help you to grow your computer consulting.

http://www.moneybizhome.com/computers

 

My comments:

This seems like a useful overview for anyone who is writing a book and wants to get it published, whether in ebook format or paper format. I think the most important thing is to write your book first, without worrying very much about whether it is marketable or whether a publisher will be interested. You have to write your book before you can start looking for a publisher, and you never know how the market will evolve while you’re writing.

eReader News

eReader News.

My colleague at eBook Reader Software has put up a cool round-up of some new eReader releases and current sales/price drops.

Included are the new Kindle with Special offers, Nook Touch, Kobo Touch, and sales on BeBook Models:

“BeBook Sales

Both the BeBook Neo and BeBook Club eReaders have gone on sale at eBookMall.com. The Neo has dropped down to $199 and the Club to $169. Plus the Club now comes with a free case, which they say is a $30 value.

I have a BeBook Neo and I like it quite a lot, especially with ePub ebooks. The Neo does have a touch screen, but it’s not the finger-swiping kind. It comes with a stylus that you use to tap on the screen. It was released before these touch screens became as popular as they are now. The stylus method that it has works well enough because it at least means that you don’t have to navigate through the screens with the buttons.”

Read more at eReader News.

Another Article about Self Publishing eBooks

I ran across another article about self publishing ebooks today.  I like this one, titled Self Publishing is the Future. This is Your Guide, because it gives a lot of information about different resources that authors can use.

On my last post about self publishing, there was a strangely irate comment left by an anonymous person. I don’t know if that person is a disgruntled author who hasn’t had much luck with getting his/her own book published or if he/she is just an angry sort of person, but apparently this is a touchy subject for some people.

It seems to me that we’re hearing more and more about self-published authors who are having success. I would not say that this is suddenly the new normal. It’s not even “normal” for traditionally published authors to have huge success. The famous authors that sell kazillions of books are in the minority. Considering that, it seems reasonable to me that an author might want to explore all available options.

Like the article mentions, it’s easy to self publish a Kindle edition of your ebook now. With the popularity of the Kindle, that might not be a bad idea for an author that’s getting started. If you can’t find a publisher, or while you’re waiting on responses, you can at least make your book available to your audience. This doesn’t mean that you’ll become famous or sell a kazillion copies, but it’s something rather than nothing, and if you do some marketing work you might actually make some money. More important than that: you might start to gain some fans of your writing.

All in all, it’s interesting to watch the publishing industry change with new technology. We’ll see where it goes.

Kindle with Special Offers

The big ebook-related news for this week is that Amazon has released a new version of the Kindle. This one is priced lower at $114, and it comes with “special offers” and advertisements. These special offers will display in a bar across the bottom of the page, or in a screen saver that comes on when you’re not reading. Amazon promises that the advertisements will not interfere with your reading.

The offers are coupons for discounts on products like MP3s, audio books, and products at Amazon.com. There will be an app called AdMash that you can download to the Kindle that will allow you to customize the offers that you see. This is not yet available.

It looks like the device itself is exactly the same as the regular version that sells for $139.

Kindle with Special Offers

When I first heard about this, I scoffed at it. I thought something along the lines of, great, another advertising scheme. But now that I see that the “special offers” are actually offers, that changes my opinion. Basically, you get to pay less for the device and then get free valuable discounts on products. The value will depend on whether you actually want those products, so if you can customize the offers that you see, that will be better.

It doesn’t ship until May 3rd, so we’ll see what people say once they actually have the device.

EBooks: Friend or Foe?

Author: John Joseph Burhop

Publishing is a $35 billion industry. Up until just a few years ago, that meant almost exclusively books, magazines, newspapers, and other small items such as brochures and business cards. The internet has changed all that in more ways than one. Enter the eBook, or downloadable electronic book. Although early versions of the eBook have been around since the 1970’s, it wasn’t until late in 2007 that Amazon’s eBook Reader, the Kindle, was released, and not until 2009 that dedicated reading hardware was produced. According to the Association of American Publishers, eBook sales rose 176.6% to $169.5 million in 2009. Another report, this one conducted by Forrester Research, an independent research company that provides pragmatic and forward-thinking advice to global leaders in business and technology, predicts that eBook sales will cross the $1 billion line in 2011.

When I first realized that eBook Readers were already starting to render the paperback book obsolete, I became distraught. That’s because I had been working on my science fiction novel, on and off, for the better part of the last twenty years and it was very near completion. My novel was always meant to be a paperback; a handy little book that could easily fit in a backpack or a purse. I even knew what the cover art would look like: planet Earth in the background with my main character leaving orbit in his tiny spaceship while two unfolding alien spacecraft approached. I had it all figured out. I knew the printing industry was already getting hit hard but I figured the unique tactile act of reading a paperback book still had a good decade left in it. I don’t believe that anymore. Of course, there will be die-hard paperback fans for many years to come, but eBook Readers are already starting to mimic the experience of having an actual book in your hands. It finally dawned on me that eBook Readers were not my enemy, they were, in fact, very much my friend.

Finding a publisher who is willing to invest their time and money to print thousands of copies of a book written by an unknown author is extremely difficult, to say the least. However, with services such as Amazon.com and Smashwords.com, an unknown author can publish a completed novel, poetry manuscript, or collection of short stories and make it available for sale to basically anyone with internet access in a single day. And the best part is that It’s Free! There are, of course, many more online publishers than just Amazon and Smashwords but many of them are not free. I did finish my novel and published it to Amazon.com’s Kindle platform and Smashwords.com for sale at $9.99. It’s very exciting to see copies of my eBook being bought by people who somehow found my novel among the millions of titles already available through a number of online publishers. I then decided to publish a collection of poetry that I compiled from my high school and college years.

So if you’ve written your memoirs, or have a book length manuscript, or even a collection of short stories or poetry, I highly recommend that you put them up for sale at Amazon.com’s Kindle Store and Smashwords.com. Remember, it’s totally free. Simply go to http://www.Amazon.com and find the “Self-publish with Us” link at the bottom of the page. Then simply click the “Get Started” link in the Kindle Books section of that page. From there you can set up your account, upload your manuscript, and then name your price. According to the research I’ve done, it’s wise not to price your book too low or potential customers will get the impression that it’s of lesser value than the higher priced options available in the same category. I decided that $9.99 was a reasonable price for my book since it consisted of 36 chapters containing nearly 120,000 words- the length of a decent paperback. $9.99 may seem high for a paperback-length book but there are thousands of eBook titles selling successfully in the $20-$30 range. Granted, many of those higher priced titles are best selling books that have been available to the general public for decades in print form. But because your book is new, it just may attract a customer base that could put some extra cash in your pocket or simply get you noticed for other potentially profitable projects.

Make sure that your manuscript starts out strong because one of the services offered by eBook publishers is a free sample of your work, usually the first 20%. Selling your book is a tough business, but for those of us who believe that what we’re writing is worthwhile for others to read, there’s always a chance for great success. And remember, your customers don’t even need an eBook reader to enjoy your book; they can download it to any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, or Android. I invite all the readers of this article to sample the first few chapters of my science fiction novel “Rise of The Kek” and my poetry manuscript “The Universe Can Never Be Complete” for free. Simply search for either title at Amazon.com or Smashwords.com.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/ebooks-articles/ebooks-friend-or-foe-4528234.html

About the Author

John Burhop is a 44 year old author with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing: Fiction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. he is also a veteran of the USAF. He has published his science fiction novel “Rise of The Kek” and his poetry manuscript “The Universe Can Never Be Complete” in eBook format to Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

My comments about this article:

I’m glad to see authors embracing ebooks. There is no need to be tied to the old way of doing things, even if its something you grew up with or imagined that you’d be using long into the future. I think that over time we’ll see that ebooks provide new authors with much more opportunity to get their work seen, or even published by a traditional publishing company.

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