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E-Readers I Have Known

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In the past six years or so, I’ve migrated through four devices: Sony PRS-600, Nook Color, Nook HD and now an iPad mini with Retina display (my late entrance into the ecosystem of Apple products is a whole other story). On the iPad I have the Nook, Kindle, Kobo (for my Sony library), Scribd and, of course, iBooks aps.

Although I’m a something of a technology slut, I still do love the fruits of Johannes Gutenberg. Nothing can replace the experience of holding a real book in your hands, flipping its pages, reading a handwritten note in the margin, finding an airline boarding pass stub (which I habitually used for bookmarkers) from a long forgotten journey, or browsing the spines of a bookshop’s wares, like a calming walk through the woods — which, I guess, is an apt simile, since books are made of tree pulp.

But the sad truth of the matter is that technology has a way of forcing us forward. Jihadist audiophiles love their vinyl, but it’s hard to listen to a Clapton 33 1/3 LP record album blasting at excessive sound pressure levels in the car while speeding down the highway weaving through traffic with the windows rolled down. So too with books.

I have to confess that from the very start, e-Readers have allowed me to read more and more often than I had fallen into the habit of doing. All too often my wish list books remained on the shelves at home, waiting in vain to be read. Technology allows me to carry my entire library with me in a back-breaking 12 ounce package and, like in my college days, I’m usually hip deep in three or four books simultaneously. Right now, I’m reading The Lonesome Dove Series, Driftless, Warren G. Harding, a how-to book on e-publisher marketing and the manuscript of a novel I’m working on —

Seriously, I’d have to do a weight-and-balance calculation before I took off in a Cessna Skyhawk with that much tome tonnage in my briefcase.

Like Dirk Rangley. a character from my novel, In the Black: 1965 – 1969, asks: “After all, which would you rather do, pal, screw Bridget Bardot’s brains out or read reviews of her movies?”

Books are great, but reading is the real joy.


Originally posted on my goodreads.com blog here.

Written by M.T. Bass

July 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Smashword & Amazon.com

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I published my first book, My Brother’s Keeper, at Smashwords nearly two years ago.  There was/is supposed to be a distribution deal pending with Amazon, but there’s no there there yet, so I bit the bullet and set up my Amazon Author Page to reach the Kindle market in parallel.

I do not know what the issues are, but this is in no way a slam on Smashwords.  Their publishing system and people have been fantastic and I am extremely grateful to Mark Coker and his team for enabling my STD (Story Telling Disorder).

Written by M.T. Bass

January 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Sony Reader Store — My Brother’s Keeper

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My Brother’s Keeper is now available on Sony Reader Store:


Written by M.T. Bass

March 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

My Brother’s Keeper on Smashwords

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Smashwords approved My Brother’s Keeper for Premium distribution on March 3.  It was submitted on February 16.  There were no corrections required by the autovetter.

My Brother’s Keeper on Smashwords

Written by M.T. Bass

March 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

My Brother’s Keeper on Smashwords

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Bit the bullet and decided to publish My Brother’s Keeper initially with Smashwords.  Since the manuscript has been massaged by so many different word processing softwares during its life time, I did the nuclear option and dug out an old copy of M/S Word to follow the style guide to the letter.

It took three passes through the Smashwords “Meatgrinder.”  The first time I did not quite have the M/S Word Styles under control and the styles I had set up for centering text were interpreted as Headings, which put them on new pages in the ePub format.  After I fixed the style issue, Word errantly added some extra paragraph returns where there had been none before, which screwed up the flow of the text.   After fixing that the ePub output file was good.  It passes the Three Pages web site validation, so I submitted it for Premium distribution through Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Diesel, Amazon, etc.

The one issue I was unprepared for was the volume of submissions to Smashwords for processing.  Everytime there were at least 1,000 manuscripts in queue — and the first time it was over 1,900.  With each manuscript taking approximately 30 seconds, it was always a minimum 6-8 hour wait for the new file to be processed.     The manuscript is still pending review for premium distribution.  After approval it takes 2-3 weeks to get into the other on-line retailers.

All in all, it was a pretty straight forward process with decent results — the book looks like most of the other fiction on my Sony eReader.  Three times to get it there doesn’t seem like an excessive learning curve, especially for the first time.  Waiting for the birthing process was a pain, but considering the volume of work understandable.

Link to My Brother’s Keeper:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42346

Written by M.T. Bass

February 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

And So It Begins . . . . Self-Publishing Quest

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Starting the process for researching how to have my novels published and e-published. As always, more involved than first thought. Looking at Smashwords, Amazon Kindle Publishing, & Barnes & Noble EPubIt for electronic publishing.  And here’s the starting list for print publishing from the blog POD, Self-Publishing, & Independent Publishing:

Written by M.T. Bass

January 28, 2011 at 7:26 am