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Volleyball Setter – Original Sports Poetry Back in Stock

14 Nov

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Original Sports Poetry Back in Stock

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Available on Amazon Marketplace.

Eligible for shipping specials.

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Volleyball Setter

Original Sports Poetry Back in Stock

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECL2PVK

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Sports Titles Currently Offered

Please check availability.

Volleyball

Volleyball Blocker

Volleyball Digger

Volleyball Dink

Volleyball Kill

Volleyball Server

Volleyball Setter

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Other Gifts

Gift Writings of mine and Sheila’s original family poetry.

sample – one of Sheila’s poems

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Gift Images of my original photography, mostly from Paris and Austin, but hopefully other places too.

sample – Paris! at night :-)

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Audio Books

My Audio page lists links to the three locations with my audiobook titles available – Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

All my sports poems listed are also available in my sports poetry book, “101 Sports Poems”.

101 Sports Poems Narrated by Adam Meggs

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My Author page lists all major online outlets my digital fiction, poetry, and image ebooks are available.

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Scribd vs Kindle Unlimited – Scribd, for Readers Writers & Libraries (For Now)

28 Jul

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Scribd, for Readers Writers & Libraries (For Now)

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“Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa”

New short fiction structure, set in Austin.

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Categories : Author Bio Info & UpdatesScribdOysterOverdriveKindle Unlimited

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Related Articles :

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription -

Unbelievably wonderfully varied response from librarians around the world saying what they’re doing in their local communities and libraries. All in the comment thread, over 200 responses.

Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens

Very intensely debated comment thread.

My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Still hoping to have this happen, even after two months running.

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Two short librarian poems I wrote in the early 90s.

Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

Precursor post about which subscription program I like best right now. Written before Kindle Unlimited appeared.

Kindle Unlimited

One of many KU program reviews, but nicely clearly written. Has a still developing comment thread, pros and cons.

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Up Front

I want to sell on all available outlets I feel comfortable with and trust.

The day Kindle Unlimited is non-exclusive with other terms within the listing contract the same or better as now, I will have all my titles listed with KU.

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For Readers

Please Note:

This is slightly reformatted repost of a comment I placed at Indies Unlimited for the article, Kindle Unlimited. The “Writers” and “Libraries” Headers further below are new to this article.

Bolded section breaks have been added in this post.

Intro

Pedro, I’ve found there’s more similarities than differences, though the latter can be significant, just depending on your needs.

Amazon of course has an ease of use and reach that makes it the gorilla everyone either hates or loves or is unsure about :-)

I use Amazon and Scribd daily, both their apps and differing titles.

I read, and write, on my iPhone, Kindle Fire, MacBook, and (with a pencil) on paper.

Apps

Apps are continually being upgraded, so I haven’t found enough that Scribd’s or Oyster’s or Amazon’s reading apps have that would make me dump either of them.

Titles Checked Out at One Time

Scribd lets you keep in your library to read, I believe – unless it’s changed, up to 20 titles vs 10 from Amazon. I don’t find that a useful difference at my level either.

Prices

Prices are also too close to matter for me.

Title Selection

That leaves title selection.

KU is exclusive, though I hope that changes.

But while it is, one can legitimately say there is creative work in KU that’s not in Scribd.

Unfortunately, the inverse is also true – all the titles in Scribd, though not exclusive to them, are excluded from Kindle Unlimited.

Where the problem between the two has been for me, and why, though I have all my titles with Amazon’s regular store, I don’t have any in Select or Kindle Unlimited, is -

If I like a title on one, and want to recommend it to a friend, I have a different experience with one platform over the other.

In Kindle Unlimited, not all my friends buy from Amazon, and even less are in Kindle Unlimited. A recommended title within that subscription program, would mean my friend would have to join KU to enjoy that title, or buy it.

More and more of the people I know, are preferring and enjoying the ease and benefits of being in a subscription program.

If I recommend a title from Scribd, and they don’t want to join Scribd, they at least have quite a few options for finding and reading it elsewhere : iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Oyster, Amazon’s regular Kindle store (though not KU) – and maybe most importantly – libraries.

Libraries

I’ve read that titles in Select and KU are excluded even from libraries.

Exclusivity

Amazon, in my opinion, simply doesn’t need exclusivity anymore to attract business.

Even if KU gets bundled, or a combo bundle is optionally offered, with Prime – readers will want the spectrum of available titles.

The only things I pay attention to as being exclusive, is a handful of currently wildly popular titles or movies or TV shows. And sometimes that desired handful shrinks to just a couple of fingers :-)

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For Writers

Discoverability

As a writer, my main concern, beyond completing a work I like, is being able to sell it.

I feel subscription plans have the best chance of doing that for me for one simple reason : easy discoverability.

If all my work is not fully listed on a platform, obviously it’s not even searchable, much find-able.

All my work, not a sample, not a first volume, must be such that a reader, if they desire, can simply access it on the sales channel they like.

So regular sales channels, like Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Amazon’s regular eBook store, will work.

Subscriptions work better because the struggle of decided “what to buy” is gone.

The guilt or frustration of buying something one doesn’t care for, is gone.

Reading another work of mine you might like, is easy.

Paid for in the subscription.

Available anytime.

Any title.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited does not allow me to offer my work to people who prefer to shop elsewhere.

When and if that changes, and the other terms are the same or better than now, I’ll have my work on KU.

Right now, I am more discoverable on Scribd than Kindle Unlimited, because can also still be found on all other non-exclusive outlets, including Amazon’s regular ebook store.

Price Free as I Wish

I have six titles priced free.

My Free page on my site lists the titles and where I sell.

One or more outlets may choose to not price free as per my preference.

Kindle Unlimited will not.

Scribd does.

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For Libraries

This is a sad section for me.

I really didn’t even know that Select / Kindle Unlimited titles weren’t eligible to be made available to libraries.

This seems to go against everything I’ve ever thought and felt about how books are preserved and shared in our country, via libraries.

Scribd does not currently distribute to libraries.

It also does not, as a condition of doing business, prohibit my doing so.

Scribd is my best choice here also.

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

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Last Word – Things Can and Will Change

Obviously, based on what’s happened recently, things digital can and will change.

That’s why, just as when I picked Scribd as my choice over Oyster in regard to which I felt was best, it was for that moment in time, thus it is with Scribd and Kindle Unlimited.

I pick Scribd as best for me, as a reader, a writer, and for libraries – for now.

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Amazon – Will price match to Free at its discretion. Please report any title listed below that you find free elsewhere to them. They may choose to price match to free also.

Also, for these free titles, I have elected the “lending” option via Amazon. I haven’t used this program, but evidently, if you own a copy, you can lend it to another person for 14 days. Info for users is at : http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320

Barnes & Noble – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

iTunes – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

Kobo – Seems to price to Free when received via Smashwords

Smashwords – Prices set as per author’s request.

Subscription Services

ScribdNo subscription required to read my books priced Free.

Oyster – Unsure. May require subscription. Please contact Oyster for details.

Libraries

OverDrive – Distributor to libraries around the world. Various entitles are able to receive inventory from OverDrive. Difficult for individuals to contact.

Your Local Library – Please request any titles you may like from your local library. Most libraries can carry any title that OverDrive has listed. Please be aware that the local librarian may have to find mine, and other indie authors’, titles, via a special category search under “Shop” – then within “Self-Published.” It is hoped this round-about access to the usual simple search in OverDrive may be corrected in the future.

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Libraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

25 Jul

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayLibraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

My Titles  are available to libraries nationwide via OverDrive and Smashwords.

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Yoga family fun with grand kids and grandparents. In Paris!

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One of the best articles I’ve come across explaining the current value of libraries to communities and readers. Lots of links. Surprisingly not very long for its density of information.

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Originally I thought this was a satire. The 200+ and still growing! comment thread (including responses from the author of the article) assured me it was not.

If he was trying to give Amazon some commercial push for their new ebook subscription program, he couldn’t have done a worse job. Librarians and regular folk from around the world have responded, basically updating the values of both libraries in general and libraries in those commentators own communities.

Example after example of programs and initiatives via and from libraries to help people.

Commercial ebook subscriptions from Amazon, Scribd, and Oyster are great. I have my work in the latter two, and would in the former if not exclusive. They are, in my opinion, valuable compliments, not replacements, for libraries. I’ve read the CEOs of Scribd and Oyster express as much, and can’t imagine Amazon feeling much different. I mean, even car companies aren’t against taxis. :-)

My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Announcement of my commitment to lend my books out via libraries.

Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

Short fun piece via The Digital Reader of how a small library is not only entering the digital age and 21st century, but helping shape it within its own small community.

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Two original short poems I wrote for and about librarians back in the 90s.

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

Comprehensive list of my titles by topic: mysteries, Paris, Austin, fiction, images, poetry.

Hopefully helpful to readers and librarians in choosing one of my work to enjoy.

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Separation of Indie Titles from Main Search Page

We need a fully functioning libraries. Ones that puts indies on par with other authors in terms of accessibility.

Libraries are not corporations.

Titles from varying levels of writers should not be in separate search functions, with a majority of self-published works not available for search on the initial search landing page listing work from high paying corporations.

In regard to the over 20,000 local libraries and communities of readers our work could interface with directly, getting OverDrive, and possibly Baker & Taylor, to not segregate self-published works off the main landing search field page, would be HUGE.

After two months of opting all my titles to libraries via OverDrive through Smashwords, not one single title is discoverable or searchable in my town of Austin.

In contrast, liking Scribd and Oyster’s open non-exclusive subscription models, and wishing Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited didn’t limit me (so I could participate there also), doesn’t diminish how I value libraries.

Those are complimentary but different functions. Public and private.

Degrees of restricted selection (loosely so, to rigid) vs open availability of books.

An indie guild, or union, or loosely structured association – or libraries – may be the only thing that keeps reading from the control it’s been under for a long time.

Thus, libraries are now not just an alternative – but a hope.

A distinctively happening hope.

Now if I can just get OverDrive to deliver my digital books to the libraries! :-)

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My Local Austin Library Links

Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Via OverDrive

http://austinlibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E63E2DF9-7198-49C7-AAD6-15355040030D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

14 Jul

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinOyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

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Short light crime mystery-thriller, set in Austin Texas.

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My Author Pages at major online outlets

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In This Post :

  • Previous Related Articles
  • Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)
  • The Winner, so Far
  • Reasons
  • Available Titles and Reading App Features
  • Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd
  • A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd (preview)
  • My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

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Previous Related Articles :

Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

The Winner, so Far

As you can tell from my own related articles above, I’ve been tracking how things go with both Scribd and Oyster since my work first started appearing on them (via Smashwords) early this year (2014.)

Picking a winner though, right now, would be like saying which thorough bred was the winner just outside the gate. Too many things can change. New competitors, new features, being bought out, etc (and no I don’t have any inside knowledge or info, just what can happen with most any company).

But, for now, based on just my own personal experience, as a reader and a writer involved with both, I have to pick Scribd.

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Reasons

Price, at a dollar difference, is not enough to sway either way. Though, I’ll admit, if Scribd went up a dollar I’d be angry and demand to know why :-)

And though there’s lots of differentiating features, more so for writers (but which benefit readers), which I’ll list in a moment, the big big difference for me has been superior customer service at Scribd that I give the current ultimate compliment of being Amazon-like! My own consistent contact at Scribd I’ve been extremely fortunate to have, is a lady named Alison.

Over and over, as evidenced by some my articles linked to above, I have had consistently helpful, courteous, approachable service from Scribd.

Granted, I haven’t felt I needed to contact Oyster for anything in regard to my books listed with them, but then :

they don’t have an author page that would need tweaking or updating

or an embedding feature where links to my books need to be stable and continuous

or reporting data on sales and views that enables a person to analyze and question and verify

or the ability to search titles without a subscription – specifically mine :-)

or enable readers to read my free-priced titles fully, even without a subscription

Most of those features above help me, as a writer, as much as a reader.

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Available Titles and Reading App Features

The mesh of available titles and features that continually are being upgraded on both subscription plans are, I believe, on par enough not to be a major factor for me.

I do – very much – like I can read my Scribd titles online, via Scribd’s site, but I believe Oyster is working on that. This feature easily lets me have more than one book going, each bookmarked to my last point read. Very handy :-)

And I don’t mean to minimize either the title selection or app features. If either platform fell far behind in important features to lots of folk (whether it be highlighting & sharing, dictionaries, bookmarking, etc) – there could be a perception that that company was “falling behind” and wonder why.

I have seen that Scribd has had job ads for engineers for a few months now, and Oyster may have, I don’t know, but I take these as good signs that they, Scribd in particular, is committed to developing. I don’t really doubt Oyster is in the same mode, or they wouldn’t catching up on the number of types of apps (android, ios, etc) being released.

This is all good for us, as writers and readers.

Below, to give you an idea of the spread of titles available, I’ve listed those I’ve either read, or delved into enough I’d consider it a “browse” (ie, triggering a partial sale for the writer) and, I’ve kept it for further reading in my library for later on.

I know that, without paying huge amounts for current bestsellers, in hardback or over-priced ebooks, I have more books than I’ll be able to read for a long long time.

And what’s nicer, I can browse into any available title, and not encumber additional cost or worry about returns and getting a credit. Much like Netflix. I really like that :-)

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Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd

Scratch One – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

Odds On – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

State of Fear – Michael Crichton

Easy Smashwords Formatting In OpenOffice – Jay Johnson

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) – Amy Thomas

The Days of the French Revolution – Christopher Hibbert

Three to Get Deadly: A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich

What Every BODY is Saying – Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins

The Good Life According to Hemingway – A. E. Hotchner

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris – Kathy Borrus

He’s With the Band – J.M. Hardin

Janet Evanovich: A Biography – Donna Birdsell

The Lives of the Muses – Francine Prose

Stuck in Downward Dog – Chantel Guertin

Books Up Next

(in no particular order, i often like to stop/start on whim)

Easy Go – Michael Crichton, John Lange

Walks With Men – Ann Beattie

A Season in Hell – Jack Higgins

The Private Lives of the Impressionists – Sue Roe

A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak – Saul Tanpepper

Reclaiming Paris: A Novel – Fabiola Santiago

And who know what else :-)

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A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd

Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks: Around Blvd St-Germain, Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2 -

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http://www.scribd.com/book/231371122/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s-a-Photo-Memoir

The Concert (Texas Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/210942956/The-Concert-Texas-Shorts

Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children: Welcome to Paris -

http://www.scribd.com/book/211894367/Slumming-in-Paris-Part-2-With-the-Children-Welcome-to-Paris

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http://www.scribd.com/book/202759053/Grandma-and-Grandpa-in-the-Latin-Quarter-Paris-Shorts

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er) a Beginner’s Viewhttp://www.scribd.com/book/210941698/Nice-Thing-Bout-Getting-Old-er-a-Beginner-s-View

Please Note – if you have problems accessing any of these titles with or without a current Scribd subscription, please email my Scribd contact, Alison, at : support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com .

These titles are also available via major participating online etailers and local libraries. Some sites fully participate (Scribd), some elect which to price free, and some – like Scribd – don’t require registration (Smashwords). Complete info is on my Free page on this site.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Landing Page – Felipe Adan Lerma : My Site’s Pages

10 Jul

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Amazon Author Page :

http://www.amazon.com/Felipe-Adan-Lerma/e/B005XCUUK0

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Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

2 Jul

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medFinally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Titles & places to find!

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One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

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Titles & Places to Find!

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Ask Your Library for My Titles!

New Short Story Set in Austin: “The Children (Shorts) The Concert”

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

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Amazon – Will price match to Free at its discretion. Please report any title listed below that you find free elsewhere to them. They may choose to price match to free also.

Also, for these free titles, I have elected the “lending” option via Amazon. I haven’t used this program, but evidently, if you own a copy, you can lend it to another person for 14 days. Info for users is at : http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320

Barnes & Noble – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

iTunes – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

Kobo – Seems to price to Free when received via Smashwords

Smashwords – Prices set as per author’s request.

I’ve also recently come across info that one does not have to have an account with Smashwords to download free-priced books; only purchases or books discounted or free via their coupon channel.

Subscription Services

ScribdNo subscription required to read books priced as Free.

Some of my titles are being worked on by Scribd’s engineers to be made available to be read free, without a subscription, and my contact there says if you have a problem accessing one of the above titles without a subscription, please email :

support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com

An effort will also be made to route you to my contact, Alison, who is aware of the ongoing fix by the engineers. Her quote is :

“I’m sure we’ll be able to do something for them since it’s meant to be free for them…yeah, just have them contact us through email and we’ll get them set up to enjoy the titles you want them to enjoy.

That, folks, is author / reader customer service!

Oyster – Unsure. May require subscription. Please contact Oyster for details.

Libraries

OverDrive – Distributor to libraries around the world. Various entitles are able to receive inventory from OverDrive.

An employee of OverDrive, Adam, on a comment thread ( http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/06/30/overdrive-shows-embedded-ebooks-bing-integration-ala-2014/#.U7MGvahaSOU ) response to me, says “The Indie titles are in a highlighted collection in our Marketplace.”

The article link above is about how “the Bing sidebar will show any titles distributed to libraries by OverDrive.”

These are exciting developments!

Your Local Library – Please request any titles you may like from your local library. Most libraries can carry any title that OverDrive has listed. Please be aware that the local librarian may have to find mine, and other indie authors’, titles, via a special category search under “Shop” – then within “Self-Published.” It is hoped this round-about access to the usual simple search in OverDrive may be corrected in the future.

My latest information (063014) from Smashwords (who distributes to OverDrive for Indie authors) is that OverDrive should be on the last few weeks of having all my titles available for librarians to search for and find.

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Please Note: Pricing and availability is working its way through the various systems. Hopefully all these will be available and properly priced some time this week.

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2

Non-fiction photo-memoir.

Original Paris images from an extended stay my wife and I enjoyed in Paris late 2012.

Introduces the series Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks. Is a re-creation, with added commentary and links, to a series of free blog posts featuring the first 12 days in Paris. Day 13 begins a serial series of eBooks.

Days 13 through 30+ enjoy the benefit of more images, expanded commentary and links, plus the unexpected perspective of time, the latter mingling memories with new insights.

The Concert

Chosen because it features all six young cousins (ages 9-18) featured in many of my short stories, novels, and novellas. Set in Austin, it is also the first of four in a series that introduces their relationships and adventures for all future stories they are involved in.

Very short, cute, humorous, and very Austin-y.

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

One of several stories involving Rosetta and Arturo, grandparents to the six cousins. Also is a great intro t0 my many stories set in Paris.

Predominately about the two grandparents relationship, and how it subtly changes when they come across the six grandchildren near the end of the story.

Slumming in Paris Part Two

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Slumming in Paris Part 2 : With The Children – Welcome to Paris

First of seven novellas which finish out the Slumming in Paris series. Part One is a romantic novella featuring Arthur and Gricinda, before the arrival of the six cousins in Paris.

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

My most enduring free listed title. One of my first to be formatted into an ebook, and slightly wonky and awkward because of that. Is scheduled for an overhaul this year (summer 2014), and will remain priced free.

My wife Sheila and I have been nationally certified as fitness instructors, and this book is a compilation of material from my website. Much of the material has been very important to our health and happiness. And much of that important material was information we didn’t even know we didn’t know. :-)

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medGoing to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir -

Fun non-fiction photo-memoir with links and commentary.

Also provides nice background for some Austin short stories, such as, “Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street.”

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Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

28 May

Teachers Students & Education SpecialistsPoems for Librarians

Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Included in “Teachers, Students, and Education Specialists”

Available to Libraries Nationwide – on OverDrive, via Smashwords

Preview at end of this post.

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Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Natiionwide

The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

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Intro

Written 17 and 20 years ago, my two poems still fit.

The technologies changed a bit, but enough nascent tech was around back then that, a casual reader, I think, would just fill in the images to the words with today’s forms and books and pictures and computers.

The basic, that the librarian is our helper of knowledge, thankfully, remains the same.

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Two Poems for Librarians

Librarian

Books, tapes, pictures, magazines,
research, computers, IRS forms, each
reflecting the librarian’s depth and versatility.
Custodian of our cultures, regarding
all creeds, races and genders as valuable.
Always surrounded by beloved works.
Caretaker of our cumulative and current events.
The corridors become funnels of wisdom.
A laser like searcher helping us learn
the location and existence of our inquires.
Even providing pencil and paper
for the forgetful.
Because above all else, the librarian
values an inquiring mind, the searching mind -
an individual willing – wanting to discover
all the timeless treasures stored.
The librarian values all the best in all of us.
© 1994 felipe adan lerma

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Librarian’s World

Knowing when to whisper.
And when to break the silence.
The smell of paper held by glue
holding the memories of the world.
Faint coughs heard
over humming copiers.
Directions to the bathroom -
mingled with a map
through Reference.
Computer screens flickering
like pages flipping through time.
The loungers, the seekers – seeing
people change
from one to the other.
Requests for paper and change,
for titles and quotes.
Knowing one is providing
what the world needs most:
knowledge.
© 1997 felipe adan lerma

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Preview for “Teachers, Students, and Education Specialists”

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Main Link

http://library.austintexas.gov/

Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Via OverDrive

http://austinlibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E63E2DF9-7198-49C7-AAD6-15355040030D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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Ask Your Library for My Titles!

28 May

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayAsk your library for my titles!

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Yoga family fun with grand kids and grandparents. In Paris!

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Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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Titles by Topic

Updated 072514

(alphabetically)

Grandparents

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street (Texas Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts)
Slumming in Paris, Parts 4-8
Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa
Going to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir

Inspirational

A Month of Mornings Vol 1
Creative Gratitudes Vol 1
Creative Gratitudes Vol 2
Everyday Gratitude Vol 1
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 1
Everyday Gratitude Vol 2 Book 6
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 2
A Month of Mornings – Four Months
Everyday Gratitude Vol 3
101 Sports Poems Vol 5 Inspirational Poetry for Sports
PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes
Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 3
American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

Love Poetry

Poems for Lovers Loving & Being Loved
12 Stages of Loving – Prose-Poems, Infancy to Infinity
Love’s Travels – Vermont, Paris, Austin

Mysteries

Samantha (Sam) Light Mystery Suspense

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin
Hello, Darling (Vermont Shorts)
The Sound from Nowhere (a Vermont Short)
Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Paris

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2
Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter – Day 13
Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : The Bastille, Promenade Plantee, and Small Streets – Day 14

Paris Shorts

Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation (Paris Shorts)
Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts)
Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel (Paris Shorts)
Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink
Paris Shorts Vol 1

Slumming in Paris (novellas)

Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda
Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children – Welcome to Paris
Slumming in Paris Part 3, With the Children – Boys & Girls in Paris
Slumming in Paris Part Four, With the Children – Groceries & Gare l’Est
Slumming in Paris Part Five, With the Children – Lights on the Champs-Elysees
Slumming in Paris Part Six, With The Children – Movie Museum & Breakfast
Slumming in Paris Part Seven, With The Children – The New Hotel
Slumming in Paris Part 8, With the Children – Ben Franklin, a Manifestation, and Love

Poetry Themes

101 Sports Poems
Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing
Enterprise, Poems for Business & Professionals
Family Poems
Nurses Doctors & Medical Health Specialties
PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes
Teachers, Students, and Education Specialists

Romance

Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel (Paris Shorts)
Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink (Paris Shorts)
Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda (novella)
Love’s Travels – Vermont, Paris, Austin (photo-poem)

Sports Poems

101 Sports Poems Full Collection
101 Sports Poems Vol 1 – Baseball
101 Sports Poems Vol 2 Dance * Yoga * Martial Arts * Drill Team * Twirler * Ice Skating
101 Sports Poems Vol 3 Golf * Tennis * Bowling * Equestrian * Sky Diver
101 Sports Poems Vol 4 Running * Bicycling * Swimming * Sailing * Gymnast
101 Sports Poems Vol 5 Inspirational Poetry for Sports

Texas Shorts

Austin

The Concert (Texas Shorts)
Art Day (Texas Shorts)
The Slumber Party (Texas Shorts)
Dirty Sixth Street, Austin (Texas Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street (Texas Shorts)
Texas Shorts Vol 1

Galveston

At the Beach (Texas Shorts)
Love Before the Fourth of July (Texas Shorts)
Texas Shorts Vol 1

Vermont Shorts

Hello, Darling (a Vermont Short)
The Sound from Nowhere (a Vermont Short)
Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur? (a Vermont Short)
American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Preview of “Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day”

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Poems for Librarians

My wife and I wrote over a thousand poems, starting in the early 90s. Two of those poems are for librarians: “Librarian” & “Librarian’s World”

I have posted them today on my site.

Considering they were written 17 and 20 years ago, they’re not bad :-)

Some of the technology may have changed, but not the librarian’s key roles.

Both poems are included in my poetry book for teachers, “Teachers Students & Education Specialists”

Here’s a preview of the book, courtesy of Scribd :

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My Local Austin Library Links

Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Main Link

http://library.austintexas.gov/

Via OverDrive

http://austinlibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E63E2DF9-7198-49C7-AAD6-15355040030D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

27 May

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinMy Books on OverDrive via Smashwords

Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Ask your librarian for my titles!

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Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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Intro

I know, the title almost sounds like I’m saying my books are on overdrive!

Blasting down the digital highway.  Well, in a very important way, they are. :-)

Smashwords has inked a deal with OverDrive to distribute its participating authors’ ebooks to libraries nationwide.

Actually, more than that.

The blog post linked to above says, “OverDrive powers the ebook procurement and checkout systems for 20,000 public libraries around the world, including 90% of US public libraries.”

OverDrive itself has a nice site with an incredible amount of information.

I signed up on their site and it’s amazing.

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My Titles on OverDrive for Libraries

I’ve elected to place all my (currently) 60 titles in this new program.

Most of them have shipped already, and hopefully will start appearing in OverDrive’s search soon.

If you are a library user, would like one of my titles at your library, please let your library know.

Libraries, though typically free, are of course not for everyone.

Sometimes there are waiting lists, return dates, and even simple lack of convenience.

So I see this as a supplement and complement to the subscription services I’m also participating in, via Scribd and Oyster.

And all my titles are offered to the major direct online ebook retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and others.

My Authors Page has links to each site my titles are offered to.

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OverDrive

OverDrive is apparently available across a huge variety of platforms and devices.

Please check the link before regarding apps and other info :

http://omc.overdrive.com/

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My Local Austin Library Links

Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Main Link

http://library.austintexas.gov/

Via OverDrive

http://austinlibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E63E2DF9-7198-49C7-AAD6-15355040030D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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Librarians : Ask for my titles by Topic!

Please Note:

A new post will appear soon with the titles within each topic.

I will link to it from here when it is posted.

[ Link added 052814 : http://felipeadanlerma.com/2014/05/28/ask-your-library-for-my-titles/ ]

Inspirational – poetry & images

Paris – short stories, novellas, poetry

Poetry – family, love, sports, arts, business, inspiration, teachers, nurses, and much more

Sports – poetry (baseball, football, volleyball, bicycling, yoga, dance, and much more)

Texas – short stories (mostly set in Austin or Galveston)

Vermont – poetry, images, and short stories

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

18 May

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinDirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

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Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

Older :

Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – My Poster Child (of sorts)

As I’ve mentioned in several of my posts, my short story “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again, in my entry into being listed by subscription services, especially Scribd.

“Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” is a short story that, even via reviewers who left 3 star reviews, say it’s good.  Yet, my sales on direct channels are nil.

But, in Scribd, this short first person mystery story became my first with over 1000 views.

Why is this happening on Scribd and not on other outlets?

And why do I think it’s not?

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Discoverability

Oyster

Is it happening on Oyster?  No idea.  No data.

Direct Sales Outlets

Does it come close on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobe, etc?  No idea.  No data.

Smashwords (SW) & Comparing View Counts

I’ve listed SW separately because, though it does direct sales on its site, its major value for me is its distribution system.

And SW does list “views” by potential readers for the listings on its site.

How fair it is to compare preview views from folk who might want to buy one of my ebooks on Smashwords, to :

  • views that may or may not be non-subscription views (potential subscribers)
  • partial views (either triggering or not triggering a “partial read” for royalty purposes)
  • or full views (enough of my book read to qualify for a full royalty payment to me)

I have no idea.  Not enough data.

Notice though, I say “not enough data” vs “no data.”

I can compare the number of views, of my poster child ebook for discoverability, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” for May 17, 2014, approx 2:45 cst.

  • SW samples : 40
  • Scribd views (which would minimally be a sample) : 428, 1262

Why two counts on Scribd?  They’re not sure, but are looking into it.  One shows up on a sample “do you want to read” page, and the other on the document book file page itself.

One is 10 times the views, while the other is 30 times the views.

One thing I do know.  Scribd has followed through before.

For instance : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin was inadvertently bumped off Scribd before they enhanced their book duplication software.  Thanks to some very hard work by the Scribd author support people, it was back up in about a week.  But, my “views” prior to its return, could not be re-instated in the count.

Two points : Scribd will do what they say for authors, and my count for Dirty Sixth Street, Austin is, in reality, 3-4 hundred views higher than indicated above.

Making the SW vs Scribd views, at least in regard to discoverability, even more significant.

Scribd Results Translated into Income

Are my views on Scribd translating into sales and money for me to live on to continue doing creative work (what it comes down to unless one is well off or subsidized)?

No idea – yet.  No sales data – yet.

At least, the promise of data has been made, by both Smashwords and Scribd, and, in my opinion, is something I can reasonably count on.

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Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A mystery suspense short

I’d like to add that other titles, like “Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda” and “Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)” are also now both at or touching the 1000 view mark.

And I hope you’ll also choose to take a peek at another title crossing the 1000 view line :-)

Preview : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts) – A family fun short story

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Bottom Line

There’s something at Scribd not happening at the other sites I have the same book listed.

In my next article, Scribd vs Oyster : An Early Comparison, For Reader & Writer, hopefully ready next week, the comparison will list components that I think make the difference.

Some of those elements may be present at Oyster, and eventually show up.

Others, I know, are not.

The number of views and the numbers of people joining Scribd’s subscription service tell me that, realistically, not only are my views higher than elsewhere, my sales probably are too.

Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to post an update between discoverability, and sales.

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Breaking Info :

Subscription Services Debate, a Press Release :

Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services (June 11th)

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

Looks to be a doozie ;-)

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