Scribd’s Improved Copyright Protection Systems Reaping Results for Smashwords Authors

Scribd’s Improved Copyright Protection Systems Reaping Results for Smashwords Authors.

Good news from Smashwords! Indie authors typically don’t make much money unless they’re lucky enough to go viral.  As such, it’s great to see companies protecting our modest profits and listening to our concerns.

I keep my prices as absolutely low as possible. Some people think this means I undervalue my work. I don’t. I aim to make my book accessible to people of limited income because I remember the not-so-great feeling of browsing Chapters as a broke student writing down the titles of all the books I wanted to buy when I had the money. That’s like going to Disneyland just to sit outside the gates and look longingly at all the things you can’t enjoy.

I don’t believe in doing douchebaggy things like using DRM protection which only serves to annoy paying customers. So, it’s nice to see Scribd doing this and allowing we indie authors to keep our prices reasonable without worrying so much about pirates cutting into our pay. Way to go guys!

Oh dear, I think I need some chamomile

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So! On the advice of my lovely friend Lofnbard, I decided to make a page dedicated to letting people know where they can purchase my book. Great idea! So I made one, and it looks nice. That’s not the problem.

The problem is, I went to Smashwords to retrieve the link for my book on their site and discovered that there were some formatting errors that caused my book to be rejected from their Premium Catalogue, namely, that the table of contents isn’t working for some reason.

What does that mean? Well for one thing, it means that if you poke a chapter heading in their version of my ebook on your ereader, it won’t take you to that chapter. This is weird because when last I saw it, I verified that the table of contents was in proper working order. In fact, it’s fully functional on both the Kobo and Kindle so if you’re using either of those devices, you’re absolutely fine.

The other thing it means is that, since December, they haven’t been distributing to all of the channels they were supposed to (ie: Sony, Barns & Noble, Apple, etc) and did not think to tell me about this. To be clear: When last I checked, it was available via all the distributors it was supposed to be and everything was fine. Smashwords neglected to notify me that there was a problem.

Not cool guys. I can’t fix things if you don’t tell me.

Another thing that I find very strange is that I uploaded my book to Kobo and Amazon independently of Smashwords. These two copies of the ebook (the .epub on Kobo and the .mobi on Amazon) are working fine. This leaves me wondering why the very same file suddenly doesn’t work the same when I upload to Smashwords. How frustrating!

I’ve sent an email to Smashwords asking them what’s up. I’ve gone through the file again, reuploaded the perfected version, and tested it in Adobe Digital Editions. Still having functionality issues with the table of contents for unexplained reasons. Hopefully, they will get back to me soon.

I apologize for this inconvenience. I will get it fixed as soon as I can. It would have been rectified already had I been aware of the issue.

Man, it would be really great to just focus on producing good literature for all you nice folks instead of having to constantly run around checking that everything is still working.

Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy – Now available on Smashwords!

At long last, the day has come, and my book is available for purchase!

Smashwords has it up already right here:

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I have also uploaded to the Kobo site as well as Amazon, so if you prefer to shop via either of those locations, please stay tuned. I will make announcements as soon as those become available.

Print-on-Demand copies of the novel will be available either by the end of this week or early next week for those of you who simply must have the touch and smell of paper book pages. I am currently waiting on the finished cover formatting from my graphic designer. Then the next step will be to get a proof copy back from Lulu to ensure that there are no printing errors. Nothing but the best for you guys! Once I’m satisfied that everything is as it should be, I will make it available for order.

Thank you all very much for your patience and support. This has been a very exciting and oftentimes harrowing experience for me. I hope to serve up a good story for your reading pleasure. Please feel free to comment as you like. I read and respond to each post.

Stay awesome and remember to make good art!