And I kept saying it for quite a while. I had all the usual complaints.
‘I like to feel a book in my hands, not a piece of plastic.’
‘What about the bookshops and libraries?’
‘It’ll never catch on.’
As a self-publisher with my own publishing company, I realised that it was getting harder and harder to self-publish as the printing costs were increasing and I couldn’t keep up with big firm’s special ‘2 for 1’ offers and low budget books. Something had to give.
‘Make your books as ebooks’, a friend suggested. I looked at her as if she’d suggested a trip to the moon. Eventually I was worn down, after having decided that I’d published my last book. (Weaving Through the Years, 2012).
‘You’ll need a Kindle so that you can check them as the text sometimes get corrupted when files are converted to PDF format,’ another friend said.
So I bought one. And the sky didn’t fall down, Chicken Licken.
‘Why don’t you upload all your books to Amazon?’ my nephew Richard suggested. (He’s the technical part of my publishing company; the ‘Ric’ of Linric).
‘How do I do that?’ I asked nervously.
It was very nice to see them on Amazon, available as downloads, but really, I thought, not much point, as no one will buy them, even though I had some good reviews.
I was wrong. The first and second month I only sold one download each month. So then I forgot about it. I didn’t know how to access my sales reports anyway at that time. But next time the nephew looked for me, I’d sold 16 downloads each month in the third and fourth book. And two of the sales were from America.
No books to be printed and stored in my house.
So if you are in the same boat as I was, my suggestion is to just go for it! Or have a techy-savvy nephew handy if you can’t do it yourself. You never know ‘til you try?
And my Kindle? Well, it’s a bit dusty. I still don’t like it and prefer a book, except of course, when I go on holiday. Then it gets dusted off and is an important part of my luggage. The only problem I have now is that I want to download my own books on to my Kindle. But it’s ‘not possible at the present time’ according to Kindle Direct Publishing, without paying for them. Pay for my own books? Humph!
If you search for Linda Sawley on Amazon you’ll find paper & ‘e’ versions of all her books.
- ebook filetypes & my quest for noting and annotating PDF’s (ath3nas.wordpress.com)
- Used eBooks 101: How Amazon Can Legally Resell eBooks (the-digital-reader.com)
- Smashing my Words (inkspeare.wordpress.com)
- Kindle eBook Sales Surpass Figures for Print (savoo.co.uk)