Link of the Week – Goodreads Ebook Giveaways

May 17, 2016

Authors, in case you missed the news, Goodreads had added a new way to offer giveaways. Up until now, Goodreads only allowed print book giveaways. It was a nice way to get some discoverability toward you and your books. Now they’re introducing Kindle ebook giveaways. It’s a beta program currently for US residents only.goodreads

Here’s how it works: The author or publisher of a book – whoever controls the digital distribution rights to the book – can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook in a giveaway. The author or publisher chooses how long the giveaway will run, and Goodreads does the rest. At the end of the giveaway, Goodreads randomly chooses winners and automatically sends the Kindle ebooks to their preferred devices and Cloud accounts. Winners receive real Kindle ebooks, complete with all the great features and security that Amazon’s Kindle platform provides.

Sounds pretty cool. Ah, but not everything that is shiny is gold. There is a cost involved.

Read all about it on the Goodreads blog. But don’t stop there. Read some of the comments, too. You decide if the program would work for you.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/646-goodreads-introduces-kindle-ebook-giveaways-beta-program-u-s-market


Link of the Week – Amazon’s Quality Control

January 26, 2016
credit - Nicolas Raymond

Artist – Nicolas Raymond

Authors, you may or may not have heard that Amazon will now begin implementing warning labels to books.  The reasoning is to make sure books sold through Amazon meet high standards. It’s their way of quality control. Sounds good, right? No one wants to purchase a book with loads of typos, poor story structure, and bad formatting. Certainly, this new flagging will begin to cull out the bad apples, those people who simply throw up unedited content and/or blurry or pixelated covers with nary a care. Yep, good stuff.

But I’m willing to bet this will backlash negatively on undeserving authors. Especially with this little gem “Content that does not provide an enjoyable reading experience.” Too many trolls out there.

This week’s link is to Amazon’s Guide to Kindle Content Quality.

https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1MMQ0JHRBEINX

And here is a blog post from eNovel Authors at Work which gives more information and advice on what to do if your book is flagged.

http://enovelauthorsatwork.com/amazons-new-rules-for-kindle-authors-in-february/

More about Amazon, book typos and what will cause Amazon to flag books on Words on Words.

http://johndopp.com/writers/amazon-kindle-spelling-mistakes/

One last link, just for fun. Suggested Warning Labels.

 


Link of the Week – Goodkindles

June 11, 2013

RF getty ereader booksThis week it’s all about bringing authors to readers. Goodkindles features new free and cheap books available for Kindles everyday. Not only is it a website, but readers can signup for a daily newsletter showcasing those books. Plus, readers can also follow Goodkindles via Twitter and Facebook to learn about new books and giveaways. Another nice thing about this website, authors can sign up their books even if they are not free or bargain-bin priced.  And the prices to list books range from $8-$20. Wow!

Give it a look-see, will ya.

http://www.goodkindles.net/

https://www.facebook.com/goodkindles


MuseTracks Link of the Week – KindleGraph

May 22, 2012

Want to get an autograph on your favorite e-book on your Kindle but don’t know how? Are you e-published and want to know how you can offer a signature on your digital works available on the Kindle? Check out this awesome and FREE site!

You can get and make personalized inscriptions that go directly to e-reading device. How cool is that?

http://www.kindlegraph.com/

Try it out and request a signed cover from me.

http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/jbrayweber