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How we can help you.

Send us a copy of your manuscript/ Brochure/ magazine.

We quote you on conversion to eReader friendly formats within 48 hours.
(we can create a free sample of the conversion to put your mind at ease) 

If accepted, your eBook is ready within  7 working Days!

We also offer Proof Reading, eBook cover design, online ePublishing and Website Design assistance to maximize your influence! 

19
Apr

Free Digital Publishing Course - Great Online Content for Authors and Publishers

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Looking to brush up on current digital publishing technology, or are you a publisher looking to better understand the industry?
Here are two great courses offered by online portal DigitalPublishing101, free of Charge!
These free online courses are offered in a step-by-step fashion and geared towards publishers, editors, marketers and other industry professionals.

I have been reading the course content for some time now and find the lessons are great, not only giving great theory lessons on the eBooks and eBook related  technology but they also a provide multimedia-rich overview of the whole digital publishing process.
The course content is given in a very easy to understand method that would satisfy readers with no technology background or industry veterans hungry for the nitty-gritty of HTML and CSS technologies.

Let me know what you think of the content, was it as helpful to you as it was to me?

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03
Apr

Spritz, the Latest Technology and How it Will Change Reading Forever.

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Courtesy of http://www.spritzinc.com/

 

Have you heard about the latest technology allowing readers to up their reading speed up to 1000wpm? (ok they probably will not that get that far)
Spritz is the latest technology that easily allows readers to increase reading speeds whilst also reducing the screen size needed to display your favorite book.

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27
Mar

Professional eBook Layout – How to Attract Customers and Sell more eBooks with the Right eBook Structure.

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Adding the finishing touches to your first novel or are you an experienced author looking for tips on how to better suit the structure of your eBook to better engage your audience?  This article is written for you.

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09
Feb

eBook Publishing for Authors on Budget.

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Before I begin this article, please understand that you embark on this cost-saving journey at your own peril.
If any one of the eBook Publishing steps is handled poorly this will negatively affect sales of your eBook.
I would seriously recommend using professional services wherever possible.

 

The Background.

 

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04
Feb

Join the New LinkedIn Group for South African Authors!

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Hi Everyone, we have just created a linkedIn group for South Authors.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=7453850&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=%2Egmr_7453850

 

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22
Jan

How to Improve your eBook Sales on Amazon - Tried and Tested Techniques for Multiplying Exposure.

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Once you have conquered your fears and loaded your eBook on the world's leading sales platform as a self published author you would be wondering;  "How do I Increase my Sales?"

Here are a few useful hints I have used to increase eBook Sales on the Kindle Platform.

 

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02
Jan

The Beauty of Blogging - Free Exposure for you and your eBook, Quickly and Easily

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For Authors/ Writers/ Business Owners wondering how to gain greater exposure to the internet population this article is for you!

A Blog is an amazing method of circulating your data online that if used correctly can help you appear in potential customers Google Searches in no-time at all.
For the purpose of the this article I have focused on the popular Blogging platform now owned by Google - www.Blogger.com

 I have chosen this platform for a few reasons;

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02
Dec

Will e-publishing help Africa? - BBC Article

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Hi All, I have just been sent a great article on eBooks and their affect within Africa.
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25141849

The article starts by acknowledging that Africa lags behind the rest of the world with the internet boom but that as a direct result of the increased use of smart phones and other smart devices we are experiencing a "boom" of our own!

It recognizes that the embracing of technology especially "Western technology" is still hindered by suspicion however progress is being made as African's warm up to eBooks and eBook related technology!

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23
Nov

A Simplified Guide on Choosing the Right eBook Format

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As somebody interested in having your work in eBook form and possibly sold or distributed online one of the technical questions you would need answered is "what format should I have my eBook converted into?"

This, at face value, might seem like a technical forest you need to explore but luckily the answer recently has really been greatly simplified by the natural evolution of the eBook format Standards and eReader devices themselves!

A basic Google search on the topic will throw back terms such as PDF and KF8 however the answer (from people who have actually had work published) will be that there are only 3 formats to really pay attention to.
Assuming your written work is in either MS Word or Adobe InDesign or PDF (if there is no other choice!) there are really only a few portals where you would want to be selling your eBook. (internationally)

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24
Oct

eBook Marketing Statistics and Trends in Infographics.

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Hi Guys, if you are anything like me when exploring a new topic nothing is better than finding out interesting statistics and other tidbits of information in picture or infographic form.
When it came to eBooks I was no different, I surfed the net for statistics or trends in picture form on eBooks relating to eBook marketing, eBook audiences and any other eBook statistics that might help people looking to easily understand this fascinating topic.

I managed to assemble these gems,  6 different pictures detailing eBook trends and eBook marketing hope you enjoy!

(These pictures are quite big and and I would recommend you right click and save them to your PC to read them easily)

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03
Oct

7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

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7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

By Jim Wawro

 

Should you publish an ebook? Following the traditional publication of two print books, the self-publication of a third print book, and the publication of seven ebooks, here are seven reasons I recommend for publishing an ebook:

1. Ever since Gutenberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg ), the publishing industry has effectively monopolized what books the world reads. Why? Producing printed books from written words requires capital and the expert knowledge of many businesses, including print manufacturing, book marketing, and distribution. However, this key intermediary between reader and writer is no longer exclusive.
 

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22
Aug

Why eBooks Can Be Better

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Some Background on the Major eBook Formats

In today's world there are eBooks have two major formats: EPUB and MOBI. EPUB is an open source format compatible with most eReading devices and software (Apple and Android Smartphones, PC, Mac, etc.) There are a wide variety of apps that are usually free to reading the EPUB format. Adobe Digital Editions works well for PC or Mac, iBooks is great for iPhones and iPads, and Moon+ Reader and Mantano Reader are decent Android apps. EPUB is also the format distributed by all vendors (Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, etc.) with the exception of Amazon, which leads us to… The MOBI format is owned by Amazon and is used for Amazon-type devices such as the Kindle eReader, Kindle Fire tablet, and apps. Even though it is a different format, it is very similar to the EPUB format. The best way to make a MOBI eBook is to start with an open source EPUB eBook and convert it using Amazon's proprietary program KindleGen.

 

eBooks are not Print Books

A common misconception among publishers and authors is that an eBook format should mimic its print cousin as closely as possible. This is often a recipe for disaster. The content of a print book is designed to be read in a fixed layout (e.g. a 5"x8" paperback). However, eBooks must be readable on a wide variety of devices: from a large PC monitor to a small smartphone. Therefore, the content of an eBook needs to be "reflowable" so that it can adjust to the size of the viewing screen that the reader is using. Things like complex tables, images placed next to text, and background images may cause problems on eBooks and create a poor reading experience if not handled properly.

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14
Jul

So What can an eReader do - Amazon's Kindle Fire

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kindle fire

So I thought I would answer the question today of what you can and can't do on Amazon's new Kindle Fire.
I received mine as a gift have since had the pleasure of reading a few eBooks from device.
The device itself is no more than a few millimeters thick as weighs about as much as a large novel and has a matte black finish that feels very smooth to the touch. 

The only actual button the user can press is the on/off button found on top of the device the remainder of the interaction is handled through the touch screen interface commonly found on the smartphones most people use nowadays.
The standard version of the Kindle Fire interfaces to the outside world through two different methods, either a Wifi link or a physical USB cable. 

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06
Jul

The Cost of Self-Publishing Online

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I was asked recently by an aspiring South African author about the costs involved in converting his book to  eBook friendly formats and publishing online.
Depending on the software used and the time you are willing to spend in the process, the answer can be, very little

The first decision affecting cost for an author to make is what format will you want the eBook to be in?
This is largely a marketing decision and will depend on whether or not you want your eBook published through Amazon who will only accept the MOBI format.
The three options here are be;

  1. PDF,
  2. EPUB or
  3. MOBI

How your eBook format can affect cost.

PDF eBooks are like the ugly sister of the two alternatives, although it will work on eReaders you would loose the technological benefits present in the other two formats for example, the eBook would not re-size itself over the various devices potentially giving readers a less than pleasurable experience. This format can be quickly made from most Word Editors such as Open Office and MS Word.

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27
Jun

Interview with Bob Young, Founder of Lulu.com

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Hi all, so I was surfing the internet space and came across a great interview given by technology entrepreneur Bob Young who is famous for his open-source company Red Hat Inc.

Bob discusses his views on the online publishing house Lulu.com more than 10 years after it's creation as well as his latest online venture Picture.com. 

Lulu.com selling point has always been that it is the only online portal that truly has the self-published author's interests at heart, have you used Lulu.com before and find his comments accurate? 

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20
Jun

Amazon Secrets for South African Authors - No Free eBooks

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Ever wanted to publish an eBook for free?
This would be a great strategy to get your name on the lips of your audience and is especially handy for new authors to accelerate the marketing of your eBook. 

A great choice would then be to list your eBook as a free download on the worlds biggest eBook portal Amazon.com
Great idea right? Maybe not, Amazon as a business model do not allow authors to list their eBooks as free downloads instead forcing a minimum selling price of $0.99 

Looking at my previous blog entry regarding the Amazon Whispernet Surcharge, your "free" eBook would now actually cost $2.99 - so much for free right?

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20
Jun

Amazon Secrets for South African Authors - The Whispernet Surcharge.

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Ever wondered if authors outside mainstream Amazon countries are on equal footing with regards to eBook sales?
The answer is unfortunately is no, due in part to a thorn in many international author's side, it goes my the name of Amazon's Whispernet Surcharge.

The Whispernet Surcharge is levied against authors using Amazon's KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) interface to self-publish.
All Kindle eBooks loaded for sale on Amazon will be affected by having a $2 surcharge added for customers purchasing the eBook from outside main-stream (first world) countries. (People in the US/ UK/ Germany/ France etc will be able to purchase for the originally intended price)

I discovered this when publishing a customers novel through Amazon, intending to sell for a price of $3.5.
Browsing over the published book a few hours later admiring my handy work I noticed something strange in the pricing of the eBook.
While later browsing over the live eBook listing on Amazon I noticed the list price indicated $5.5, or exactly $2 more than I had listed the eBook for, I then spent some time researching this apparent error and found the following interesting info.....

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16
Jun

Advantages of an ebook over Print.

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Unsure of whether or not you should convert your Book into an eReader friendly format?
Perhaps you are worried about the cost of conversion, or are unsure of the first step you should take?

eBook conversion is an extremely cheap process when you consider how much money can be made from making your best-seller available to the world.

Here are the top (slightly technical) reasons why you should be looking at publishing an eBook.

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09
Jun

Why Convert to eBook - The Top Non Technical Reasons.

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Why would an author want their Microsoft Word (or PDF, or any other format) Book in an eBook friendly format as opposed the the tried-and-trusted printed version?

The local publishing industry generally does not do justice to the smaller and growing author industry, especially if you are writing on a niche topic. Authors often struggle to get the attention their work deserves, and are often left in the dark with regards to royalties and sales performances, eagerly awaiting updates from the publishing houses that comes sporadically if at all. 

By converting your manuscript to an eReader friendly format all distribution related boundaries fall away and your book is now in a format that the rest of the world can access in an instant.

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06
Jun

my eBook Blog Introduction

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I thought it would be a great to begin this blog with an introduction to me and my reason for the blog.

My name is David Henderson and I am a 28 year old South African, born in Durban but now residing in Johannesburg.

I hope what will become apparent throughout this blog is that the my knowledge lies specifically in Internet Technologies and their use to increase the money in your bank account.

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