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Publishing your book on the Kindle and the iPhone


Publishing your book on the Kindle and the iPhone

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									Kindle and iPhone: How to publish your book on them
The future is digital content and it has already started. At the time of writing, the Kindle has doubled the sale of e-books in the US, and the iPhone is hugely popular with its applications growing every day. Stanza is the free application for ebook purchase and reading that can be used on the iPhone. Thousands of books and catalogues are being added daily. The Kindle was voted as one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2008 so its popularity is assured. It is a hand-held digital book reader device that connects to the internet and instantly downloads books from Amazon’s digital catalogue. It has a screen that makes it much easier to read and a user interface more like turning a page so there is no scrolling. Digital books (or ebooks) are generally bought far more cheaply than physical books can be. You can find, buy and read instantly with wireless internet access (currently only in the US). They have a catalogue of books, magazines, newspapers and blogs which is expanding every day as popularity grows. The device itself holds over hundreds of ebooks, magazines and newspapers and you can add more memory, so you always have reading material. Readers love print books, but they also love the internet for speed, ease and price of ebooks. How to get your book onto the Kindle You can get your book onto Kindle by uploading it in the right format here http://dtp.amazon.com. The process is as follows: (1) Sign in with your Amazon account (or create a new one). (2) Add a new item (i.e. book) to the screen and add all your information – ISBN, blurb, search keywords.

(3) Upload your book. It is easy to upload, but you might find that the formatting is wrong. They have a formatting documents guide, but it is essentially HTML. From Microsoft Word, you can save the book in HTML and edit it directly. There is a help forum at the site if you have trouble. 1 http://www.TheCreativePenn.com Writing, self-publishing, print-on-demand, internet sales and marketing…for your book

(4) Enter the price. For this step, make sure you check out other people’s books prices and price yours accordingly.

(5) Enter your bank account and US tax numbers. Currently you must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID Number (TIN) or Employer ID Number (EIN) to publish on Kindle (so non-US residents cannot use it). How to get your book onto the iPhone You can get into Stanza on the iPhone by publishing your ebook through Smashwords. Smashwords is an ebook site where you can buy and sell ebooks in various formats. As an author, you can load your products onto the site for free (Smashwords takes 15% of sales), and it will convert your document into the various formats for you. Brilliant! This takes a lot of time and effort from us creative types who don’t want to spend days reformatting. You can have an author profile, and it will index your book for SEO and allow customers to sample your text. It has integration with Kindle and Stanza (for the iphone). You can load YouTube videos, and create coupons to allow special offers for your customers. The books can also be tagged on social networking sites so it is a great service. To start the Smashwords publishing process, register for an account, and just follow the instructions. You load a profile with your websites and info, and then Publish your ebook. Here are some tips from my own experience:

Read the Smashwords Style Guide first - definitely! Do not assume that your file is ok to load as is!


I tried a few variations of formatting but the best one was plain Microsoft Word. Select All and make it Normal text. Then go back through and Bold or Underline or change font size. Delete all pictures and hyperlinks. Make it as basic as possible for the best conversion. The style guide does not currently include instructions for Microsoft Vista. Reformatting my original (very well formatted) ebook into plain format took about 1.5 hours including loading and reloading. Take breaks so you don’t get

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Check the HTML and Java versions and make changes, then reload as necessary.


If you are a non-US resident you can still sell on Smashwords. Just email a copy of the with-holding tax form and have 40% with-held. This also happens with Lulu.com.


Once you are all set up, use the Smashwords Marketing Guide to see how to broadcast about your book.

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