Kindle Touch

The other day Amazon announced a whole group of new Kindles, including the long awaited Kindle with a touch screen.  They look pretty good and the price point is excellent.  This is great for several reasons.  More people will buy ereaders.  Ereaders are the best way to enjoy books.  Of course for me, it means that the audience for my books has increased.  For those of you with new kindles, follow the links at the side of the blog page to go directly to the Kindle editions of my books, or find them in the Kindle store.  Happy reading.

Sales Reporting — Waiting…

One of the great things about publishing with Amazon’s KDP, is the instantaneous reporting of sales.  I sell more books through Smashwords, which distributes to B&N, Kobo, Sony, and Apple, but sometimes the reports of sales can lag a couple of months.  I know that Smashwords reports to me as soon as they get the reports from the retailers, but it is still a long wait.  I check in regularly at my Smashwords Dashboard, especially near the end of the month.  I like to keep track of my monthly sales as much as possible.  In the meantime, I should get back to revising Blood Trade.

Currently Reading: Moon Called

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.
This is my first book by Patricia Briggs and consequently my read at this series, but it looks very interesting.  I’ve never been that big into vampires and werewolves, though now that I’m writing a book myself with them in it, they are starting to seem more interesting. 
I am of course reading this on my new Nook.  It was $7.99, and is the same price on the Kindle and Kobo.  Any book that I might like that is more than 9.99, I just put in my wishlist until the price drops.  I think $9.99 is a fair price for a newly published ebook, but no more than that.

Checking out the New nook

I stopped by Barnes and Noble to try out the new nook in hand today.  They don’t have them in stock yet, but they do have a model to try.  It’s pretty awesome.  It seems just as well made as a Sony, the display was very nice, and the touch commands were extemely responsive.  I plan on getting one.  I tried out both turning the page by swiping like an iPad, and using the buttons on the side (those little ridge looking things) and both worked well.  The best thing about the nook is its usage of ePub as an ebook format.  It’s available just about anywhere except Amazon, and there are bazillions of free books in ePub too.  If you are planning on buying an ebook reader, you should check out this nook.

Calibre

It is time to once again sing the praises of Calibre.  It’s a wonderful ebook management tool that you need, whether you have a Sony Reader, an iPad, a Kindle, or a nook.  It allows you to organize all your books and synch them to your reader.  It is constantly updated and improved.  Best of all, it’s free, though donations are appreciated.  Download it at the following link: http://calibre-ebook.com/

Piracy

I found someone on eBay this week illegally selling one of my ebooks.  This one not the first time that I’ve found my work being pirated.  It’s actually kind of flattering, especially since he was asking $1.25 for an ebook that I’ve been giving away for free on a half dozen different websites.  I contacted the seller and he took the listing down.  I contacted eBay and immediately got a legal run-around.  I really wasn’t expecting them to do anything.  I just wanted to make them aware of it.  This was just one more time out of many that I’ve had problems with eBay and their “customer service.”

Refining the Look and Feel

As you might notice, there are some slight changes to the City of Amathar Blog.  I’m reoganizing it a bit.  You will also note the books on the right now include direct links to the Kindle store and some other places where you can find my books.  Feel free to try a few of these links and download some books for you Kindle, Nook, or iPad.

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