A few months ago I started selling kinky eBooks for the Kindle, and it's been great. I'm paying my rent doing something I enjoy! But tonight I read this Salon.com article
, and it's scary as hell. Amazon is reportedly testing Kindle Unlimited, a service allowing readers to download unlimited books for a flat monthly fee. I've spent hours tonight trying to determine how this will affect self-publishers. Can anybody walk me through the likely scenarios, and talk me down from this panic attack? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Hi folks. I'm working on a new eBook, a comedy-fantasy novella about a frat boy who is appalled to find himself transformed overnight into a sexy girl. There's just one problem: I don't know jack about frats! I'm trying to research frat life, but I could really use the experience of somebody who has actually been a frat boy, or at least spent enough time in a frat to have some knowledge about them... [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 12, 2014 -
I'm looking for a service/app/website to help me discover new [e]books to read - a little like how pandora works for new music. Ideally I could enter an book and get lists of 'similar' books. In this case similar might be genre, author, series, plot details, setting. Other functionality I'd love would be to replicate the book-store experience of browsing shelves (especially the New Release section) to find books. [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go
on Jun 14, 2014 -
The designer who normally does my ebook covers is no longer working out. Creating my own covers is not an option for me given my current lack of design chops. Some members of my writing group suggested Fiverr as the go-to place for covers. Looking around there it seems there are some decent "gigs" that would serve my needs. However, I have some questions about Fiverr itself and about the possible knock-on effects of using Fiverr for graphic design. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer
on Jun 1, 2014 -
After this FPP
on Amazon's questionable tactics dealing with Hachette (and in particular, Michael Sullivan's article
on the matter, in which he mentions developing "a direct sales channel" with readers), and mathowie's comment
in the MeFi funding thread on True Fans
, help me find a better way to support authors than binging on the Kindle Book Store (where the majority of my payment apparently goes to publishers and distributors - boo!). Difficulty level: hard SF (think Greg Egan), space opera (think Banks' Culture series); ebooks preferred. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop
on May 24, 2014 -
I often find, when I go to buy ebooks for my kindle, that Amazon does not carry the ebook title I am looking for. What are good sites to buy the ebooks that Amazon *doesn't* carry?
posted by The locked room sockpuppet
on May 24, 2014 -
In my efforts to turn my Nexus 7 into a great ereader, I've found myself missing features in my current ereader app. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I'd like a quality ebook with hypertext and art. Assuming good computer skills and time, can I do it myself or should I hire someone?
posted by larry_darrell
on Feb 19, 2014 -
An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas
on Feb 15, 2014 -
My partner keeps rereading the Phrynee Fisher series. He likes them because they're on his E-reader, detective stories, and they pass the Bechdel and Russo tests. He likes the characters in these novels: these are relatively happy people for the most part. Please, O MetaFilter. He's ready for a new series. What else is out there?
posted by aniola
on Oct 19, 2013 -
I have a PDF that I'd like to convert to ebook format. It's straightforward - body text with just a handful of images - but the ebook needs to have the same font and style of the PDF. (I also have it in InDesign, if that helps.) I'm looking for a designer, or design agency, who has worked on ebooks before, who can take this on. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I just got a new Kobo Aura e-reader
for a trip I'm about to take. Ordinarily, I'd check out Etsy for a creative case, but this is new offering from Kobo, so it's a different size than the previous Kobo Aura HD.
Anyone know of good options? I'm open to a standard protective case, or more interesting and unique models.
posted by jeffmshaw
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Where can I acquire the same novel in a digital format, in both French and English? Really, I just need to find French ebook translations of English novels or French novels that have an ebook English translation. [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on Aug 29, 2013 -
So I've been downloading books to my iPad's Kindle app from Amazon, and also downloading from Project Gutenberg to my desktop PC and mailing them to my Kindle address to get them on the iPad. And I've got a small but annoying problem.
In the ebooks it sells from its site, Amazon lists the author as, for example, "Doyle, Arthur Conan," while the .mobi files from Project Gutenberg list the author as "Arthur Conan Doyle."
Thus the Amazon files sort under D for Doyle while the Project Gutenberg files show up under A for Arthur.
Is there a way to edit the .mobi files to change the author's names to match Amazon's format and get everybody's works to come together in the same place?
posted by Naberius
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I just finished writing a novella length book. I want to publish it as an ebook readable as a pdf or on an ipad or what have you. It’s picture-heavy (with very high quality photos.) Probably every page will have pictures. I want the design to be magazine-like, with the words many times ‘on top’ of the pictures. I have Photoshop and a decent knowledge of it and I just got Lightroom, but I don’t know much about how to use it yet. I think I’d like to design (at least some, if not all) the pages in Photoshop.
I have a lot of questions: [more inside]
posted by saul wright
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I'm writing a programming ebook (on introductory programming for bench biologists, if anyone's interested) and am trying to figure out the best tool chain. Ideally, I'd like to write the content in something like markdown or restructuredText, then be able to easily render it to PDF (and maybe eventually epub/mobi). The book will contain a lot of source code and program output, so whatever solution I pick needs to be cope well with chunks of differently-formatted text. Any suggestions?
posted by primer_dimer
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 30, 2013 -
I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on May 10, 2013 -
I'm a freelance reporter who just finished a multi-part series for a nonprofit news organization. Now I'd like to turn it into an ebook. I am not savvy about rights, commissions, etc., and neither is my editor/publisher. What do we need to know to negotiate a fair revenue split? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on May 9, 2013 -
I have a lot of (50GB) pdfs and some epub documents. I would like to find a way to search through them quickly and accurately, in a way that is web accessible. I would like highlights of matches from inside the document to display. [more inside]
posted by digividal
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I know pretty much nothing about the e-reader market right now, but I'm thinking about taking the plunge. Given my particular requirements, what is likely to be the best e-reader for me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Looking for solutions to make a 25,000 title eBook collection of different file types searchable. I use Calibre to manage this monstrosity but I want to be able to run searcheswwithin these books. Wishful thinking? I don't code and I have no time to plod through learning it.
posted by dave78981
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Jan 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for an e-book reader. I've been pretty wow-ed by the Kindle Paperwhite, but I have some reservations as to whether I should get that (or even get an e-book reader at all) [more inside]
posted by titantoppler
on Nov 4, 2012 -
I want a version of Joyce's Ulysses
with footnotes at the bottom of the page. Paper or e-book. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Sep 13, 2012 -
Is there any consensus as to whether serif on sans-serif fonts are easier on the eyes when using e-ink based readers?
posted by Yakuman
on Sep 6, 2012 -
I need advice choosing electronic device/s to perform 2 different tasks (e-books and streaming music from an external HD to Surround sound receiver) [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst
on Aug 1, 2012 -
Looking for interesting writers (especially in the speculative/science fiction genre) who are self-publishing/self-distributing their own ebooks [more inside]
posted by nanojath
on Jul 3, 2012 -
Looking for the best way to publish a frequently-updated document to multiple electronic formats (PDF, ePub, mobi, etc.). [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller
on May 29, 2012 -
Three of the four books in Joyce Carol Oates' Wonderland Quartet are available as eBooks. Why isn't the fourth? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda
on May 1, 2012 -
Is there a way to cut white space out of the margins of purchased epubs? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Can any print-on-demand book companies offer a non-standard, horizontal/landscape orientation for a full-color book with artwork on every page? Is there an ebook option for a book in this format? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Mar 29, 2012 -
I need to take an already-printed book and scan it into a format appropriate for e-book publishing on say the Amazon Kindle store and similar. I do not have the original book proofs in digital format. If I simply took the book to Kinko's and had it scanned as images or a PDF, would that be likely to work well or is there a better option? What resolution and format would be best?
posted by shivohum
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Years ago, I wrote a novel. I am not interested in seeking out a publisher for it - rather, I'm hoping to sell it on Amazon as an e-book for a few bucks. From someone who has done it, how can I transform my Word file into an Amazon e-book listing which I can direct my friends to? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I'm considering purchasing a Kindle DX, but the current version is two years old and two hardware generations behind the regular Kindle. Is there functionality in the newer versions of the regular Kindle that I would miss when using the Kindle DX? Is it likely to be replaced or discontinued in the near future? Is there anything else that I should know about before buying a Kindle DX?
posted by theclaw
on Feb 28, 2012 -
Online Book publishing: ebook, kindle, epub, ibook - can this be done without a million different programs and converters? [more inside]
posted by artlung
on Feb 23, 2012 -
What is the best Wordpress ecommerce plugin for digital downloads only? I am setting up a small store for digital goods (e-books, etc.) on a Wordpress site. [more inside]
posted by matcha action
on Feb 22, 2012 -
Can I make playlists for ebooks on my iPad? And if not on the device itself, is there software for my computer that wil at least let me manage my books in groups? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Feb 3, 2012 -
I have several large sets of high resolution PNG images that I would like to be able to easily view on a computer as an ebook. I would like to be able to flick through the pages with ease, zoom in/out and jump to a page number. It needs to work cross platform (OSX, Windows) and ideally just link to the png files rather than embedding them into a big file. It needs to be easy to use and hard to break! I am sure that there must be something out there that can help, but I have drawn a blank. Oh - and free/cheap is a bonus.
posted by Morsey
on Jan 23, 2012 -