I’ve been reading some articles online. A couple of these have given me some cause for concern – or at least sponsored some thought.
The revelation that Indie authors like myself are faced with something of a dilemma shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. Everybody and his dog knows of Amazon, that mighty empire of online selling. Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is equally well known by now. It’s only good sense, then, to provide ebooks in a format suitable for the Kindle. It’s a shame, then, that Amazon have created a problem. It appears that they ask for exclusivity on any ebook, for an initial three months, which they then seek to extend. For this reason, Smashwords don’t currently supply them. Smashwords have several partners and supply just about every major retailer. As such, they’re unwilling to partner with Amazon, and quite rightly so. I know Amazon are the “big boys” but I, personally, prefer the wider spread of retailers that Smashwords offers access to. The happy fact is, of course, that Smashwords still offer downloads in the format supported by the Kindle. The unhappy aspect is that many sites actually want Amazon links and ratings for any ebook an author may have to offer. It would be far better if these sites were less restrictive.
It would seem that we WordPress bloggers have a problem. Apparently, Google’s Blogger doesn’t play well with WordPress or the OpenID system. If we participate in commenting on the blogs of fellow authors who use Blogger, we appear to be bad mannered. Blogger doesn’t permit communication with us, even if it appears to do so. A Blogger user may send what they believe to be a direct communication, via email, and then receive no response from us. Why? Because Blogger only does half the job! It doesn’t actually send the communication to us! So, to allow Blogger users to contact us, we have to sign up for a Blogger account or insert our email in any comment we make! And everybody knows that putting your email in an open post is a very bad idea! It’s time that Google learnt to play well with others.
On a personal note, I’ve hit something of a blank period as far as writing is concerned. Well, I say “blank” but perhaps I should say “overload”. I can’t settle to write anything for more than a few minutes, but I’m inundated with new ideas for stories. I guess the two are related. I need to regain focus somehow, but I’ve no idea how to do that. Associated, maybe, is an inability to concentrate enough to do any real reading. In the last two weeks, I’ve read maybe two pages of a novel and one page of an ebook! As an avid reader, that’s abysmal! I hope that this state of affairs changes soon…