ISBN “Multiple formats” option misunderstood by many indie authors

The International ISBN Agency, and its national agencies such as Bowker in the U.S., have repeatedly insisted that the correct use of the ISBN system requires each format of an ebook be identified with its own ISBN, as is the case with print books. Thus a Kindle file should have its own ISBN, the ePub its own too, a PDF yet its own, and so on. However, some indie authors who have purchased their ISBNs from Bowker in the U.S. insist they can assign a single ISBN to cover all Read More …

Two more InDesign CS5 Export to ePub bugs to report

In The Global Indie Author, I illustrate how to make an ePub with InDesign CS5, and indicate there are only a few bugs to fix: the defective date code and the inability to embed fonts. Having now converted the more complex book design of The Indie Global Author, which makes use of dozens of external and internal hyperlinks, I have two more bugs to report: all internal hyperlinks will be missing their location code; and external hyperlinks that contain an ampersand (“&”) cause InDesign to stop parsing the file and Read More …

The Battle for eBook Supremacy: Amazon versus everybody else

While self-publishing my novel, Baby Jane, to Amazon’s Kindle was relatively easy, publishing to the other devices is proving more challenging. Sony, who own the eReader, Apple, who own the iBookstore, Kobo, which is mostly owned by Indigo Books and Music Inc., and Barnes & Noble, who own the Nook, have all adopted business policies that exclude small publishers and self-publishing authors or, as in the Nook and iBookstore, have installed barriers that make it difficult for non-Americans (or non Mac users) to sell on the their sites. Sony and Read More …