Q&A Is it allowed to use articles one finds on the internet and use them for ebooks that one later sell online?

Question: Is it allowed to use articles one finds on the internet and use them for ebooks that one later sell online? The short answer is no, but there may be a couple of circumstances where it may be possible. The articles are public domain You have permission Public domain The articles will say on them if they are public domain if they do not, assume they are copyrighted and that you will need permission from the person who wrote it. If you found an article 70 years after the death…

Read More

Q&A My books have gone from Calibre, how do I get them back?

My books have gone, how do I get them back? A quick tip from A Simpler Guide to Calibre. It can happen that when you first load Calibre your books all seemed to have disappeared. This is usually because the software has been told your e-books library has moved to a different folder and is now pointing to the wrong place. This has happened to me during upgrades for example. Another reason may be that a special file called metadata.db (which is in the folder where your books are stored)…

Read More

Republishing with KDP – Customers don’t automatically get changes.

I’ve had a few problems moving from one edition of my Gmail book to another. I didn’t want to delete the other one as it sold well and was highly ranked. I would have to start from scratch. I tried putting a message in the original book to people who already bought it offering them the new one. I was expecting them to refund the book and get the new one. Turns out they weren’t getting the changes! The reason I didn’t want to keep the old edition because the name was…

Read More

Lending ebooks through Amazon – oh the unfairness of it all!

In the US, (and I am not sure where else), if you buy a book from Amazon there is every reason to believe that you can lend it to a deserving friend., what other kind of friend would you lend your books too? Unfortunately this is not the case in the UK and possible South Africa, I have a friend there. If you bought a book from Amazon, all you do is go to the Amazon book page and click the link on the top of the page to lend…

Read More

Publishing for the Kindle: Images

Images are a nuisance. They can be beautiful when you design them but upload them to an ebook asn the magic can be lost instantly. This is my little guide, mostly for my own benefit so I don’t have to search the KDP website for minor details such as optimum sizes etc. Covers Covers are difficult. You might want to make them so they stand out on the Kindle store. If you have a non-fiction book sometimes it is nice to have a square cover, but otherwise I feel filling…

Read More

Indie Publishing on Kindle – Part One

This post is for Ricardo from G+, who asked me to blog about this. :0). I’ve published a few books on Kindle. While it won’t make you rich (unless you are very lucky) it will give you an enormous feeling of satisfaction for making someone happy or just helping a stranger who would find your books useful. So what did I do? First I came up with something I felt I could write about. I love my Android phone and was always trying out apps so I had my idea.…

Read More

Ways to read ebooks on your computer (PC or Mac) – for when you don’t have a Kindle or iPad

Having recently done a Member Giveaway of  my ebook, Children of the Elementi, I sent emails with the book attached in the Kindle and epub formats. I was surprised that not everyone knew about Kindle for PC or Mac, so I thought I would do a brief post about the various ways to read an ebook on your computer. Kindle Apps The best software for reading Mobi files is always going to be using the Kindle software but there are several different versions. Go to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk (whichever is…

Read More