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Virtually all e-book readers can display PDF files. Unfortunately, PDF documents are "pre-rendered" - the text is positioned on the page in absolute coordinates and text cannot reflow on smaller / larger devices (without hacks or trickery that rarely work well). TXT files are a good option if formatting isn't a concern. Most e-book readers can display TXT ...


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Amazon does still do the price matching, and that is the only way to get your book listed as free on their site. The advantage of Smashwords is in distributing to Apple and Sony. If you go to your e-book's details page on Amazon, you will see a link that says "tell us about a lower price". You can click that link and provide them a link to the product page ...


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You can have it permanently published for free at Smashwords. Amazon used to do price matching, and this used to be the way to publish your book for free at Amazon. I am not sure if Amazon is still following this method, and no method could realistically be permanent in Amazon's ever changing business model. You will still need to check periodically. ...


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.azw is basically .mobi with the possibility to add DRM. According to the wikipedia article you cited it even has less instead of more features. Since using DRM is kind of pointless if you also offer a DRM free .mobi version, there is no advantage. .kf8 supports some HTML5 and CSS3 features which the other formats don't. This allows creating more advanced ...


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If your work is going to be successful enough to make it cost effective to set up all the legal niceties of staying hidden. There is no possible way to guarantee you will keep your anonymity. The recent article JK Rowling lawyer fined over Robert Galbraith leak(BBC 2 January 2014) is but one example of failure. If you are already an established author, ...


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The national official bodies that you mention are the only ways to get an ISBN in your name for your manuscript. If you go through, say, Smashwords to get your ISBN, then Smashwords will be on file at the ISBN agency as the publisher of the manuscript. When you get an ISBN from anywhere else, they are basically buying them from Bowker (or whoever) in bulk ...


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Statista (The Statistics Portal) looks like it has some relevant ebooks revenue information (though not exactly what you are looking for). Unfortunately, you are forced to sign up for a premium account to access most of the reports. A sample report that they actually show you some of the information for is here (Global e-book revenue from 2009 to 2016*, by ...


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Amazon does not allow "permanently free" Kindle books. They want to make money. :D You may have seen what you think are permanently-free Kindle books, and though they were probably only running a free promotion via Kindle Select, who am I to say there aren't a few flukes out there? Perhaps you did — I have seen stranger things on Amazon. But regardless, ...


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I am not a lawyer, but: If the text is in the public domain, then yes, you can use it. Be sure that it really is in the public domain, though—copyright lasts for a very long time. Also bear in mind that if the text is annotated, translated, or altered in any other way, or if it's a collection of public domain works, there may be further complications. If you ...


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Apart from the consideration what format the most people have, you should consider your wish to control over the layout of the text and how well the format can be converted to other formats by your readers. Some formats like TXT allow very little control over the layout. In PDF you have much control over the layout, as you have in EPUB and MOBI. ...


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Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to create an author account where you publish and manage your e-books through Amazon. You have to provide your real name and social security number as well as bank account information so that they can pay you and also so they can report your earnings. However, you do not have to use your real name on any of the ...


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Create a watermark pdf which contains the footer using imagemagick: convert -background none -geometry +0+0 -fill \#000000 -pointsize 12 label:"From the library of..." -set label '' -page A4 watermark.pdf It creates a simple pdf ( size: A4 ) with the text From the library of... at the bottom left corner. You might change the font, the position of the text, ...


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If it really is public domain you are free to do whatever you want*. You should keep in mind some things: The fact that it is free does not mean that it is public domain. It could also be licensed under Creative Commons or something similar. Publishing it could then be illegal under some circumstances. Examples would be omitting the license, selling a CC-...


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Do prices tend to increase, decrease, or stay the same during the holiday season (i.e. Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.)? From my experience, book prices tend to be reduced around the holiday season, September-January, to drive sales when some people buy tablets or mobile devices as gifts or even on Black Friday. Depending on the e-retailer there are some ...


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DPI/PPI settings aren't used in the web and are based by pixel dimensions and several web images .png, .jpg, and .gif files sometimes do not include the settings in the internal data. You also didnt mention how you are including the illustrations in the ebook. Are these vector or scanned images? If vector: If you have built your illustration in either ...


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As Nathan Yegler already blogged: “it’s more fun to write programs to help you write slides than it is to write slides.”. There is a plethora of programs out there that allow you to make slides in many forms and there are books on the subject as well¹. From personal experience I can recommend starting with a structured mark-up based format for editing that ...


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I appears that the limit is now 20MB Your manuscript file must be less than 20MB in size and in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .htm, .html, or .epub. Many manuscript files that are larger than 20 megabytes don't need to be. If your manuscript file is larger than 20MB, try reducing the image size, decreasing the dots per ...


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I can't speak for Smashwords, and this isn't legal advice, but I will say that none of the terms that you quote above seem to prohibit what you are describing. I'm actually not sure what parts concern you. They require a complete work; that doesn't mean you have to publish a complete copy of a blog's archives. They seem to be worried mostly about books ...


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That would depend on if you are publishing the ebook yourself or going through a publisher. Sometimes a publisher provides an ISBN because they buy it in bulk. Having an ISBN is suggested to help identify your book and you can go to Bowker to obtain one. If you plan to self publish to Amazon, known as Amazon Kindle Direct, you are not required to provide ...


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Yes, you can get a PDF of the iBooks Asset Guide from their site: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/docs/iBooksAssetGuide5.1Revision2.pdf


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Warning: I highly recommend consulting a lawyer for dealing with legal issues such as this one. The advice I provide should not take the place of proper legal counsel. Unless you have permission from the copyright holder for the work that you are hosting on your website, yes - it most likely is illegal. There are a few possible ways one might deal with this ...


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They are actually two different questions :-) In Europe, for example, sales are affected by the fact that (paper) books have a very low VAT on them (in Italy it's at 4%) while ebooks are taxed like most goods (in Italy it's 22%), so it may even happen that an ebook is more expensive than a book. As for readability, my impression is that it heavily depends ...


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Since this issue will be important to this group, I found a couple of resources that will explain copyright terms in different countries. The data on the first site hasn't been updated in a while but it does include info on fair use. Foreign Copyright Laws Tree-view chart on Foreign Copyright Law The good thing about the above site is that it is ...


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There's plenty of information about this in section 3.6 of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. To sum up: use .jpg for photos use .gif for line-art and text use HTML over images whenever possible. "If an image contains whole paragraphs of text, it should not be an image. Instead, it should be HTML." all images should be 300 dpi images should be color when ...


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The answer is closely tied to the author's purpose. Amazon can provide significant exposure. From the question's comments, the purpose may be to track the number of readers. If the real purpose is simply to track the number of readers, Google Analytics or other tracking systems can give you that information with free software. There are other options (...


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I believe you are confusing ePub2.0 vs ePub 3.0. If I recall ePub 4 is for Google only. If you are worried about older devices I would focus on validating your .epub file with a 2.0 validation tool. To answer your question if its backwards, yes, only if it validates across the board: Example: <File> <Name>foo.epub</Name> <...


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There is not a way you can correct an ebook without removing the DRM and adjusting the code. Depending on where you purchased your ebook you should contact their customer service and they will require that the publisher/author correct the issue and issue you a refund.


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I think that if you provide .epub, .azw and .pdf versions of your book you can be pretty sure that you have covered the largest share of your potential readers. For those that need another format, they can easily use Calibre to convert it, especially if they have access to the .epub version. Edit: I don't have any statistics, but if you consider the ...


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You've pretty much sussed out "frontlist"--the older titles, by comparison, are all "backlist". And yes, digital rights are similar to copyright. Basically (and IANAL), the author has copyright to the created work, and can then assign/give/sell some or all of those rights to other people. So "digital rights" means that you either have copyright, or the ...


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unfortunately you can't make width:100%; in mobi files. Amazon just strip that away. You can try to set min-width:100%; instead but this is little different in behave so test are needed. More about which CSS kindle respect you can read in this documentation. 2017/06/27 Changes in KF8 format allow now using width css property


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