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Yet Another {Unique} #Free #Ebook Site


Last week I published the post, 10 Sites with #Free #Ebooks

In the meantime, I discovered an 11th one

Very unique place:

“The Standard Ebooks project is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebook dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing whole ebooks files themselves into the public domain.”

There are other interesting things about this company right here

And, you can Get Involved:

“At the most basic level, anyone can contribute feedback via our mailing list. Day-to-day readers can tell us about errors they spot in our ebooks. People with an eye for typography and a talent for editing can proofread whole ebooks. Technically inclined readers can produce ebooks themselves, or contribute via Github.”

Also, the ebooks are in epub, azw3, kepub, and epub3 formats

So, since it’s free, why not give them a try :-)
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How to Get Your Book into Libraries as an Independent Publisher…


Today we have a re-blog of a re-blog — ain’t blogging fun? :-)

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by Austin Hackney:

Thinking about how to get your book into libraries as an independent publisher? It struck me the best person to ask would be someone who works in the library service.

Eve Merrier is a Libraries Manager just on the outskirts of London, UK and south of the beautiful Surrey Hills. In the photo here, she’s getting ready for “story time” in one of her libraries.

As well as managing libraries, she’s also an author in her own right, and offers occasional proofreading services to private clients. Eve boasts a First Class degree, an Advanced Certificate in Proofreading (Distinction), and has successfully completed a course in critical reading at Oxford University.

So she seemed to be the perfect person to ask.

Eve was kind enough to agree to the following interview.

Continue reading at:

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2017 Survey of Ebook Trends and Data


Both Smashwords and its Founder Mark Coker have been on this blog many times…

Here’s what Smashwords has to say for itself:

Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks {over 430,000}.  We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers  and thousands of libraries.”

And, here are some of the introductory remarks to their 2017 Survey of Ebook Trends and Data:

“We’re looking to identify potential data driven insights that can help authors and publishers make their books more accessible, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers. “

“As you review the findings, please maintain a healthy dose of skepticism. The data represents the aggregate experience of thousands of authors and millions of dollars in book sales, but your results may vary.  Your book is unique.

“The factors that cause a reader to discover, sample, purchase or enjoy a book cannot be fully explained by data.  Nor can data yet determine why one story or writing style is preferable to another.”

So, Enjoy the Slideshow :-)


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The Importance of Readers


Honest writers always appreciate readers — they may not write “for” them; but they do “depend” on them…

Today’s re-blog is short but could easily spin out a feast of Ponderables :-)

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Tonight a friend invited me over for dinner with her book group. All eleven of them have read my books, and Marianna invited me over for dinner and discussion. I am so looking forward to this, and to meeting with folks to talk about Clock and Dagger. I am also so grateful for the opportunity. It is a kind gesture by a friend, one of many by friends and family over the course of the last year.

One year ago, on October 6, 2015 I realized a lifelong dream and became a published novelist. It has been a fun journey so far. I have a couple of author thoughts that I’d like to share.

When someone says “I read your book” I stop breathing until they finish their sentence.

I hate it when someone apologizes because they borrowed one of my books from the library rather than buying it. I love…

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The World Is Still A Pretty Awesome Place Photos…


2nd Re-blog today, ’cause it’s just so good :-)

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Don’t Let The Evening News Get You Down,

The World Is Still A Pretty Awesome Place

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