MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – Free/Discounted Kindle Books Amazon have just written to authors to announce a new program they are calling MatchBook. It’s a fantastic idea – and one that my daughter has been asking them to introduce for over a year! They are allowing publishers and authors to offer the Kindle versions of their books at a discount to anyone who buys the print versions. This is fantastic news for both readers and authors. Authors will benefit from more downloads of their Kindle books – the more downloads you get, the higher up the bestseller rankings you rise, so more people see your books, so more sales. Readers will benefit because they will be able to get Kindle versions of their favorite books at a much reduced cost – free in some cases. I think this is the best news I’ve read in a long time and I’m very excited about it, as you can probably tell! Amazon are rolling out the program in the next couple of weeks and – here’s the best bit – it will be available for print books you have bought previously (if their publishers/authors enrol in the program). PS – If you are an author and you don’t have your eBooks available as print editions yet, now is a great time to do that. You may be interested in my course on how to use CreateSpace, which is the quickest way of getting your book into print and listed on Amazon.   You may also like:Einstein's Desk Was As Cluttered As Mine!Guest Author Interview : Vicki Matthews, The Goddess...

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Is Goodreads good for non-fiction authors?

The question I get asked the most is, ‘Is Goodreads good for non-fiction authors?’. The perception is that the site is heavily fiction-biased. So I took a few minutes to have a look at the groups, Recommendations Engine, and Giveaways to get some up-to-date figures. There are 272 groups with a tag of ‘non-fiction’ and the Recommendations Engine serves up loads of non-fiction books as suggestions if you have a non-fiction shelf. The Giveaways section is also interesting. It has more fiction than non-fiction but the non-fiction books attract just as many entries as the fiction books. So I think we can safely say that Goodreads isn’t only good for fiction. There are a good – and growing – number of non-fiction titles (some of them world-wide bestsellers) and there is certainly an audience for them. Here’s a video I posted to YouTube giving these statistics: You may also like:MatchBook - great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!The reluctant...

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Goodreads Technical Issues

The Goodreads site is having some technical issues at the moment. Please bear with them. They are very professional and will no doubt be working frantically to fix the problem(s). Goodreads technical issues are fortunately quite rare! The main difficulty seems to be with logging in. People are seeing an error message saying that Goodreads is busy. Keep trying and you will generally get in. The other issue is being unable to rate books. You may see an error message when you click on a star to rate a book, telling you that you are not able to rate at the moment. I found that when I went to the My Books page my rating had actually registered! I hope it isn’t the popularity of my ‘Goodreads for Authors’ book that has given them these problems! I’m sure they’ll get them sorted out soon. You may also like:Do You Struggle To Get Up In The Mornings?Chattering parrots - inspiration for...

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Goodreads Giveaway Tips

Goodreads is the social site for people who love reading. It is amazing! What is even more amazing is that you can win free books on the site (see How To Win Books On Goodreads, below). At its most basic, it’s a way of cataloguing your books on virtual shelves, but it is much more than that. If you make friends with people on the site – and add friends from the physical world, social networking sites and email contacts – you can see each other’s books and get/make recommendations. I have discovered authors via friends and picked new books thanks to their reviews. You start with three shelves, to show books you have already read, books you are currently reading and books you want to read. Then you add shelves, with names of your choice: There are also discussion groups – you’ll find me talking extensively about Twilight! – and book clubs. Also fun is the opportunity to compare books with friends and other Goodreads’ users. This shows you how you have rated books compared to their ratings, and brings up books they have reviewed to give you the chance to add them to your shelves – either ‘To Read’ or ‘Read’. One of the most popular areas of the site, that many members visit every single day, is the Giveaway section. You can find it at: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway. It has lists of contests to win free books (paperback versions, not eBooks) and the winners receive the books in the post. Authors are encouraged to offer their books free on Goodreads for these contests. The idea is that many of the people who win a free book will be good enough to write a review of it on Goodreads (some people are so enthusiastic that they write reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, and elsewhere!). Reviews help book sales, so publishers and authors are keen to do this. Goodreads recommend that authors/publishers offer about 10 books per contest. Some offer more, some less, but there will often be more than one chance of winning each book. Of course, lots and lots of people enter these contests to win books so how do you go about increasing your chances of winning?┬áTry these tips, which I unearthed while researching my book, ‘Goodreads For Authors’.   How To Win Books On Goodreads Be sure to have a good number of books on your Goodreads shelves. There isn’t a minimum but a good rule of thumb is 20, because that is the amount you need in order to trigger the Goodreads Recommendations Engine, so it is obviously a number that brings you to their attention as a committed user of the site. Have books on your shelves that are in the genre of the book(s) you want to win (you can select the contests by genre). Remember that the incentive for authors giving their books away is that they may get some reviews. Goodreads are more likely to pick you as a winner if you read books in the same genre, it shows you are keen and therefore more likely to read and review the book. If authors get reviews, they are more likely to offer free books in future, so keeping the Goodreads Giveaway section busy and popular! Rate lots of books and write as many reviews as you can. Rating is easy, you just click a star underneath the book. Writing reviews takes longer but isn’t difficult. Some people are scared of writing reviews but they don’t have to be lengthy, you can just say you really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to other [the genre] fans. Don’t worry that the author will object if you write a less than glowing review – Goodreads tell authors not to respond to reviews. They want to keep the site independent, lively and honest. To summarize how to Goodreads Giveaways: rate and review, keep genres in mind and have lots of books on your shelves. As an added bonus, lots of the books in the contests are offered pre-publication (publishers like to build up a bit of enthusiasm about a book before they release it) so you may even get your hands on a book before everyone else is able to buy it!       You may also like:Einstein's Desk Was As Cluttered As Mine!Chattering parrots - inspiration for...

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Would You Like To Read A Bit Of ‘Mo’?

Would You Like To Read A Bit Of ‘Mo’?

Thanks for the wonderful India Drummond, I learned how to embed Kindle book samples in websites today! I’m so excited I just had to share a little of my popular children’s book, ‘Mo’! Click here for the embedded sample. You can find the instructions for embedding Kindle books in this post from India. I love computers, and the Internet. Nowhere else are you constantly learning yet don’t feel a bit stupid for not knowing before!   You may also like:A Little About MeWriting...

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Writing Software

Writing Software

I’ve been using some free software for converting my books into the format required to publish them on Amazon Kindle. It’s called Sigil and it’s very good. I wrote an article about it on HubPages and there was a ton of interest so I thought I’d go into a bit more detail about what I use to write.

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