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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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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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

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Oyster Main Page

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 -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231370469/Paris-in-5-1-2-Weeks-Around-Blvd-St-Germain-Small-Streets-of-Paris-Notre-Dame-Days-1-2

Going to SXSW in Our 60s, a Photo-Memoir -

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

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts) -

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

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medLanding Page – Felipe Adan Lerma : My Site’s Pages

Most recent posts follow below

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One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

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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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“Going to SXSW in Our 60s”

One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

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Titles & Places to Find!

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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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Places to Find

My Author Pages – Individual site links provided below.

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Online Retail

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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Currently Priced Free

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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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Previous Related Articles :

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

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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My Local Austin Library Links

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!

Available to Libraries Nationwide

My Titles on OverDrive via Smashwords

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“Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day”

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

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

Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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Titles by Topic

(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

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 (Photo-Memoirs)

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

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords

 Distributing to Libraries

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

Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

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

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

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

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

Looks to be a doozie ;-)

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

16 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinScribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads

Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Intro

About a month ago, my then total of 56 titles of fiction, poetry, and imagery, were all posted and fully available on Scribd via Smashwords.

I had been posting advance posts about my preparations and expectations, plus preparing blog posts and some light advertising, including a paid press release.

I was beginning seasonal full time temp work in a few weeks, and I pushed rapidly ahead to have everything in place to take advantage of the timing of the uploads with SXSW among other things.

High Expectations

Needless to say, my expectations and hopes were high.  Very high.

In my defense, and continuing belief though, realistically high.

Top of my list of expectations, was a radical increase in visibility and discover-ability (please see link above).

And initially, it was all so.

Unexpected Problems

Then a slew of unexpected problems appeared.

Effects of which I am just now beginning to fully fix.

Thanks fully to the aid and assistance of the support staff at Scribd.

The Story

What follows is the story of the past month.  Recovering from a (for me) significant derailment that could have gone much worse.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again.

Some of the following problems should not occur again.  Or should be easily correctable.  I think.

But if you are an author, you may want to at least be aware of what happened, and be prepared.

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The Problem

While I was happily adding not only links to previous posts to choice selections of books now on Scribd, like Paris Shorts Vol 1 – Slumming in Paris Part One – Everyday Gratitude, and even placing strategically embedded previews of the books in those posts (courtesy of Scribd’s embedding links), the anti piracy mechanism being employed automatically removed a number of my titles.

The links in dozens of my posts to selected books were not only gone, but a notice that The Publisher had removed them was added.

The embedded links for removed books now said Deleted.

My press release now referred to books any searchers might be looking for as not available.

This included “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”  During SXSW.

Worsening the problem was a significant campaign on Twitter and Facebook coordinating the music event’s happening, to my Texas stories, including of course “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

Further worsening the problem was that I had posted a special free post on Scribd, another of their perks I whole-heartedly recommend, Going to SXSW in Our 60s, which pointed to “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” and was gaining momentum.

Actually both the free post and the short story (via subscription) were, as per the currently available stats (said to be improved upon even more in the near future) gaining jumps in visibility, ie, views.

I added fuel to the fire, not knowing the links were about to break or were being broken by the removal of the selected subscription titles, by advertising via Stumbleupon’s ad services, which appeared to be doing their job really well.

Momentum.  Visibility.  Discoverability.

I felt a wave was lifting me into sight of shore.

I started my full-time temp work, happy with my concerted efforts: creative and marketing.

A few days later I checked, expecting to possibly see a plateauing of my efforts, and found that over a dozen titles were no longer available.

Removed by publisher.  Deleted.  Not searchable.

A long exhaustive after-work, before-work, at-lunch inquiry into what had happened began.

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The Cause

Basically, the automatic system had mis-identified many of my titles as being possible copies or infringing on my copyrighted work from Smashwords.

But it was my own work.

Digital Reader has an excellent article, detailing better than I can, what went wrong.  And evidently, it’s not a Scribd or Smashwords specific problem, even if it did specifically affect me ;-)

Adding to the problem, was when a book was removed, and subsequently replaced, the url to that book also changed.  I am, hopefully, in the final stages of replacing the last of the links and embedded links in my posts to my work on Scribd.

That problem, of a title not retaining its original url on re-instatement, has now been corrected by Scribd.  Any future titles I may have inadvertently removed then replaced, should retain links I’ve placed to them within my articles and posts.

This engineering solution was a speedy prompt response from the team at Scribd.

Urls, I believe, are now static to a title.

There is a Smashwords specific email when requesting support from Scribd.

First hand, I can say Scribd’s support has been indispensable.

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The Scribd Author Support System

I honestly do not believe I would have stayed with either Scribd or Smashwords without the dogged persistence and determination of the folk at Scribd I’ve been in almost daily communication with.

Because of the folk at Scribd, I remain in their subscription program, can recommend it fully (while cautioning a prospective author to be aware of these possibilities), and have regained my optimism that my decision to be part of their program is a good one.

Scribd’s future promise is significant.

Their expectations on their own press release, are my expectations.

So for all other authors out there, I wish you all the best.

Now, I need to get back to work, my creative work.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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

10 Mar

Paris Shorts Vol 1Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd -

Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Now available on Scribd, via Smashwords

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Intro

My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma/documents/authored

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Despite a few lingering glitches, I am very happy to provide four previews of my work.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

subscription is helping support authors!

And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Preview One

For all those out enjoying SXSW here in Austin, this is a good one. ;-)

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Preview Two

And for those who prefer Paris, this is just as nice!

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Preview Three

For all our nurses, caring for us daily -

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Preview Four

Everyday Gratitudes Vol 1 – to help remember, caring is every day.

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My Scribd Author’s Page is now available, online or in your app.

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Extra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

5 Mar

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaExtra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd

for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

900 Word Poem.

14 Original Images.

Vermont, Paris, Austin.

Scribd listing.

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Extra Austin Images, Free – on Scribd

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SXSW

With SXSW cranking up here in Austin, I thought this might be a good time to add some more Austin images to complement the story and pictures in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

The nice thing about these Scribd documents I’ve starting posting, they’re available for anyone to see free.

Above is a sample of one of the new added photos.

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Scribd

And if you’re tempted to sample Scribd’s huge selection of books via their subscription plan, they have free trial periods available too.

Most of my own books (46 of 56) are already available through Scribd now.  As they continue processing the huge selection being distributed via Smashwords, my other titles should also then be accessible.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

And if you are coming to Austin, for SXSW or any other fun reason, you might like reading my short story, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Availability of any of my titles on all major online outlets can be reached by my Author Pages.  They are listed to the right of each page on my site, and via the tab at the top of each posting.

Thank you so much, best wishes :-)

adan

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