In this show I talk to David Neal, who is someone I met on now defunct #futurechat publishing chat. He has self-published the appBook Alice Winks and has quite a large amount of experience with Richer Media books, that is those books that contain more than just text and pictures. They can contain interactive elements (that is choices), videos and other graphical elements.
Something we often forget to do is to check things that we already think are working. Sadly with Wordpress, Mail Providers and eBook Retailers things outside our control (usually a change somewhere else) can break things without you doing anything. So you need to check things occasionally to ensure they are still working.
I discuss what I learnt from a recent webinar for the Alliance of Independent Authors from the people at Apple in their iBooks department. I found this to be a good sign: the guys at Apple haven’t really reached out much to the Indie community in the same way as say Kobo and Amazon have and it was good of them to give a webinar to those of us who were able to sign up as part of the Alliance of Independent Authors,
I learnt a few things myself and so I thought I’d recount them here.
There are a huge number of E-book stores apart from Amazon. Outside the US and the UK, Amazon are not the dominant player in E-book distribution, so to limit yourself to Amazon is not a good idea from an international perspective.
In this episode I talk about two “aggregators”, Draft2Digital and Smashwords and the relative merits of each. You will learn how to self-publish your eBook on stores apart from Amazon.