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Kindle Publishing Questions (Self-Publishing)
Self | January 11, 2012 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 01/11/2012 5:32:07 AM PST by PJ-Comix

I am interested in self-publishing on Kindle. Eventually I would like to publish a book but first I want to publish articles via Kindle of just 500 to 1000 words each. I would like to make the articles available for FREE to the public. This is to familiarize the general public with my humor and would be great publicity for my book.

So what I want to know is if it is okay to publish stuff on Kindle that would be available to the public for FREE. Also is there some sort of Kindle index in which such articles would be listed?


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ANY information you can provide here on the subject of Kindle self-publishing would be greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance.
1 posted on 01/11/2012 5:32:18 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Yashcheritsiy

self-ping


2 posted on 01/11/2012 5:35:44 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: Yashcheritsiy
I'm old enough to recall when a man and woman could NOT be shown in a bed together, even clothed. I also recall that 4-letter words were impermissable, and that ALL sex-related products were not allowed to be advertised.

We've sure come a long way......towards the abyss.

3 posted on 01/11/2012 5:43:19 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: PJ-Comix

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing try this link and see if it helps. I publish on Kindle too. It seems to be the fastest way to get your work out in the public domain. And it is the fastest growing area of publishing now.


4 posted on 01/11/2012 5:46:55 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: traditional1

I think you accidently took the wrong fork in the road. The FCC thread was two exits back.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 5:53:52 AM PST by mnehring
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To: PJ-Comix

http://www.smashwords.com/about/how_to_publish_on_smashwords


6 posted on 01/11/2012 5:55:41 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, or the jobs that go with it.)
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To: PJ-Comix

You might talk to authors in the writers forums at mobileread.com that is probably the largest site dedicated to ereaders, and you could probably find the answers to most of your questions in old threads.

Great bunch of writers over there, including some very well known science fiction authors.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 5:57:40 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Your link isn’t working...


8 posted on 01/11/2012 6:19:02 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix

There are plenty of free publications on Kindle, so it has to be possible.

Amazon also offers CreateSpace, which lets you do electronic (I believe) and on-demand digital printing, where you can set the prices to anything you want (as long as you at least cover costs on print items).


9 posted on 01/11/2012 6:21:40 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: PJ-Comix

PJ I can load and read any PDF file on my kindle.

Hope this helps.


10 posted on 01/11/2012 6:31:53 AM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: PJ-Comix; blam

Talk to blam, he has published on Kindle.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 6:36:31 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: PJ-Comix

Ping for later reading.


12 posted on 01/11/2012 6:38:43 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: PJ-Comix; tedw

Ping


13 posted on 01/11/2012 6:55:30 AM PST by abigail2
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To: bcsco
Here's a link to a Free Kindle book on self publishing for Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/Publish-Amazon-Kindle-Publishing-ebook/dp/B004LX069M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326292947&sr=1-1

14 posted on 01/11/2012 6:56:07 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: MrEdd; tedw

ping


15 posted on 01/11/2012 6:58:10 AM PST by abigail2
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Thanks!


16 posted on 01/11/2012 6:59:19 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix; Sgt_Schultze

PJ, you may want to check the link in post #14 from Sgt_Schultze, it’s a Kindle book, on how to publish for the Kindle, that’s free for the download.


17 posted on 01/11/2012 7:02:21 AM PST by bcsco
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To: mnehring
"I think you accidently took the wrong fork in the road. The FCC thread was two exits back"

LOL

I took the Slauson cutoff (didn't cut off my Slauson, though).

Thanks

18 posted on 01/11/2012 7:10:04 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: bcsco

Sorry, try this one: http://kdp.amazon.com/


19 posted on 01/11/2012 7:31:34 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Okay but I want to know if they permit publishing on Kindle that would be available to the public for FREE. Specifically articles of about 500 to 1000 words in length. Eventually I would like to publish a book for which the public would pay for but first the FREE articles.


20 posted on 01/11/2012 7:43:49 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: kevkrom
There are plenty of free publications on Kindle, so it has to be possible.

Including 500 to 1000 word articles. I would like to write about 2 per week available to the public for FREE. Then later in the year, publish a book for which there would be a charge. Also can the charge for books be as low as $4.99? Five bucks seems to be what a lot of folks will pay without thinking too much about it. $9.99 might be too high.

21 posted on 01/11/2012 7:48:05 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: bcsco

Thanx for the info. So obviously Kindle publications are available for FREE. Now to find out if short article length publications can be made available to the public for free. BTW, I was thinking PRINT when I put the upper word length limit at 1000 words. I see now reason why I could publish articles of up to 3000 or even 5000 words in length.


22 posted on 01/11/2012 7:52:17 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: bcsco; Charles Henrickson

If I could publish individual articles via Kindle then perhaps Charles could publish his many parody songs via the same method.


23 posted on 01/11/2012 7:55:40 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix
Amazon's Kindle Store has any number of free books available. Barnes & Noble does as well. There are also numerous eReader websites available that offer free content for various eReaders such as Sony, Nook, Kindle, etc. Both the Sony & Nook use the ePub format. The Kindle uses the AZW and Mobi formats. The Mobi format doesn't include DRM, the AZW format does. Here's a site that not only allows you to download free eBooks, but upload them as well: http://www.manybooks.net/.

It's fairly easy to create an eBook. First, if you haven't already, download and install Calibre. It's a free eBook database application that will sync with your eReader as well as convert HTML, PDF and eBook formats from one to another.

Then, develop your eBook in Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice Writer if that's your preference). If you're looking toward the Kindle file format, follow the instructions from Amazon at the links in this thread for formatting so it will appear properly. When you save it, save it as an HTML file.

Finally, add the HTML file to Calibre, then use Calibre to convert it to the ebook format of choice (for your intention to go Kindle, that would be Mobi). If you want, you may want to delete the HTML file after your eBook has been created, but you don't have to. Calibre will show both formats.

24 posted on 01/11/2012 8:00:38 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix
An interesting question - and I will ask some friends who may have the answers you want.
25 posted on 01/11/2012 8:01:04 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

Would there be a market for text versions of songs? I don’t know. To me, those would be better published if they could be put to music, then distributed as mp3 songs, say at a bit rate of 192 or so.


26 posted on 01/11/2012 8:03:57 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix
I've sometimes thought of expanding my website and publishing it as a small book. But I'm not at all sure I have the drive to get it done (the writing, that is). I've been working haphazardly at updating the site, making it more modern in appearance, but even that's a slow go what with other things on my plate.
27 posted on 01/11/2012 8:07:55 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix

There are thousands of things on kindle for free. They also have blogging and what they call singles. I am not sure what the word length requirement is for each of them.


28 posted on 01/11/2012 8:09:00 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: PJ-Comix

When reading up on the subject for my own nefarious purposes, the optimal price point for self-publishers seems to be $2.99 — any lower and you don’t get enough additional sales to cover lower margins, and and higher and you lose too many sales.


29 posted on 01/11/2012 8:10:38 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: kevkrom

That’s interesting info. Thanks!


30 posted on 01/11/2012 8:12:14 AM PST by bcsco
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To: FrogMom
Talk to blam, he has published on Kindle.

Nope...not me.

31 posted on 01/11/2012 8:14:44 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Converting a book to Kindle format is challenging. What I find missing is software to be able to open and edit the document already in the mobi format.


32 posted on 01/11/2012 9:12:28 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: PJ-Comix

Self Publishing

I recently self-published my book “Up From Down” and it is on kindle and at all major outlets. Let me tell you what I learned.

First of all, do not use Westbow, an imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishing, the largest Christian publisher in the world. Despite calling themselves Christians, their main interest is in overcharging authors. Sad to say but their Christianity doesn’t get in the way of their greed much.

The traditonal publishers including Westbow are engaged in a conspiracy to keep E-books at high prices, $9.99 but there are ways around it.

Somebody mentioned Createspace and that is a lower cost option.

However, may I suggest you investigate Smashwords at wwww.smashwords.com They will distribute to all major outlets including Amazon and kindle so why confine yourself to just Kindle?

You can set your own price or no price at all and there is no cost to do so but they do take a small commission if you are charging for your book.

The only costs associated with Smashwords for me were new cover design (Westbow claimed rights to my cover even though I designed it and they followed my instructions). It cost me $50 to get a new cover designed for the e-book. I also payed $50 to have the book formatted to upload to Smashwords. So for $100 you can get any book published and widely distributed. If you are pretty smart you can even format the book yourself (they give instructions) but it is a lot easier to have someone else do it. So if you are talented you could design your book and even format it yourself. In that case, you could write and distribute your book widely for free.

Hope that helps.

My book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwordsm, and just about everywhere else. You can find out more about it at www.upfromdown.info


33 posted on 01/11/2012 9:22:32 AM PST by TedAdamson
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To: aimhigh

Use Calibri to convert to HTML. Then open in Word and do your editing. Re-save to HTML then again convert to Mobi.


34 posted on 01/11/2012 10:00:33 AM PST by bcsco
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To: Yashcheritsiy

self-ping me too


35 posted on 01/11/2012 10:08:55 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: bcsco
Would there be a market for text versions of songs?

No. I mean just publish them for FREE on Kindle. Then later when he develops a fan base, publish a Kindle book for $$$.

36 posted on 01/11/2012 10:20:59 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: TedAdamson

How are the sales going?


37 posted on 01/11/2012 10:24:14 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: TedAdamson

So far, it seems like Smashwords seems like the way to go since it would appear in many formats. Would it also be free publishing just articles of up to about 3000 words of length?


38 posted on 01/11/2012 10:29:00 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: onedoug

ping


39 posted on 01/11/2012 11:30:50 AM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: stylecouncilor

Thanks. Thirty more pages and done.


40 posted on 01/11/2012 12:00:55 PM PST by onedoug
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To: bcsco; PJ-Comix

He could of course buy the Atlantis word processor which outputs epub natively and then run titles through Sigil to add the table of contents.

Then you only need calibre to convert to mobi and you have an ePub ready for all the non amazon stores.


41 posted on 01/11/2012 2:12:04 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Microsoft Word has a Table of Contents feature as well. If one already has Word, there’s little reason to buy another word processor. Once the HTML is created and uploaded into Calirbre, Calibre will convert to any viable format.


42 posted on 01/11/2012 3:25:16 PM PST by bcsco
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To: blam; Quix

Sorry. Meant Quix.


43 posted on 01/11/2012 5:18:47 PM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: bcsco

I’m too cheap to buy word. Atlantis is twentynine bucks and Sigil is free.
Frugality is next to godliness.


44 posted on 01/11/2012 5:22:47 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Travis McGee

Ping.


45 posted on 01/11/2012 7:57:35 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nolongerademocrat

bfl


46 posted on 01/11/2012 8:48:30 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: PJ-Comix

You’ll shoot your eye out!


47 posted on 01/11/2012 8:51:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Yes, I am noticing that there are articles on Kindle both free and paid. Actually I will be paying 99 cents for an article on publishing Kindle articles. Most of my articles would be free but I definitely can think of a lot of informational articles for which I would charge 99 cents. Of course, I WON'T be publishing an article on how I got my Compaq Laptop Presario computer for FREE because to do so would mean the loophole that allowed me to get it would be closed (and closed for everybody else as well) if it became known to the public. However, I might post an article on how to get FREE gasoline via coupons. I would have to think on that though because I don't want to ruin that gravy train.

One article that I would like to publish is for NASCAR fans on how they can follow the NASCAR circuit for months while making a lot of money and still see all the races. I used to do that for 6 months at a time and at the end of it was able to simultaneously pay all my bills and still have several thousand bucks in my pocket. There are certain techniques to do this known only to your humble correspondent and would like to pass them on to posterity. At one race I even earned $700 in the hour just before the race...on top of what I earned the day before and earlier the same day.

48 posted on 01/12/2012 3:44:33 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: llandres

what does bfl mean?


49 posted on 01/12/2012 11:38:00 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: nolongerademocrat

It means bookmark for later, so I can read the thread when I have more time.


50 posted on 01/12/2012 5:17:31 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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