Top 10 of the greatest books to read before you die – and they are free…

I’ve got my librarian’s hat on for this post. To celebrate the publication of my A Simpler Guide to Finding Free eBooks, I decided at 1 in the morning to write a post about the top 10 books to read before you die that are available for free. Little did I know it would take hours to compile and format! Still, the list below are novels you should at least take a look at with links to Amazon and the Gutenberg Project. While you can only get Kindle versions from…

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The great freebie giveaway experiment

It is far too early to work out if it’was successful or not but last weekend I decided to give away my A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition book for free for one day only. As you might have already guessed A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a non-fiction book about of all things, Gmail, not a romantic story set in 1920s New York (although it could be a great time travel tale given enough time and plot!) I’ve come to the conclusion that giveing  away non-fiction books may…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Children of the Element Kindle Competition winner announcement

The winner of the Kindle Competition is Laura Poyner. Her entry was: The dog in the story was called Friel Five children are living in a world – unaware of their magical heritage and the part they will play in restoring the world, now consumed by an evil Magi force, to what it once was.  Now a teenager, the protagonist of the story is Jake who discovers he can read minds and is the heir to the Elementi throne! When Jake discovers a magical crystal and touches it for the first…

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