eBook Resources & Reviewers

We’ve provided you some free resources to help you with the success of your book. We hope these prove useful to you. We do not endorse or make any claims to the results supplied by these third parties.

Amazon Resources

Author’s Central comes highly recommended. This Amazon service creates an author’s page to share the most up-to-date information about yourself.

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/

Kindle boards is aimed at eBook authors and Kindle reader devices. It includes discussions about Kindle in general and eBook promotion opportunities.

http://www.kindleboards.com/

Kindle Nation Daily provides information on free books, kindle tips, news, commentary and book promotion opportunities.

http://kindlenationdaily.com/

http://indie.kindlenationdaily.com/?page_id=642 (promotions)

Kindle Select allows authors to sell their books exclusively through Amazon. With this exclusive program, authors have some bonus opportunities to help promote the book and receive high royalties.

https://kdp.amazon.com/select

iReader Review blog provides a list of the best Kindle sites.

http://ireaderreview.com/2011/03/20/kindle-ecosystem-the-very-best-kindle-sites-tools-blogs/

Frugal eReader features eBooks for under $9. There are also free giveaways, author interviews and updated Kindle related announcements.

http://thefrugalereader.com/

Ereader News Today list free and bargain books for the Kindle. Authors can submit their bargain and free books to this site. Authors can promote their books too.

http://ereadernewstoday.com/

http://ereadernewstoday.com/authors-promote-your-kindle-books-here/

 

Kindleobessed is a blog that reviews self published books. They also review books submitted by authors and publishers.

http://www.kindleobsessed.com
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http://www.kindleobsessed.com/review-request/

Apple

Author and Publisher frequently asked question on how to work with the iTunes store.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/working-itunes/sell-content/books/book-faq.html

iTunes Promo Codes can be useful to obtain reviews for your book. Apple provides you with 250 promo codes which allows reviewers to download your book for free. After you sign up with Apple to sell your book you can get all the details about this service at their website.

https://itunesconnect.apple.com

General Resources

Goodreads is a website that networks books to writers and readers. Users can share good books and write reviews.

http://www.goodreads.com/

 

Netgallery provides digital review copies to professional readers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, reviewers and educators.

https://www.netgalley.com/

 

Goodkindles offers a long list of blogs and review sites.

http://www.goodkindles.net/2012/08/kindlebookreviewsitesandblogs.html

My Book Blog eBook Reviews is a blog site for readers and writers.

http://mybookblogebookreviews.blogspot.com/

Interactive eBooks is a website the reviews the latest interactive eBooks. This website allows submissions to review  interactive eBooks.

http://www.bestinteractiveebooks.com/

Google Adwords is used to advertise your business on Google. If you have an author’s website, this tool may help.

http://adwords.google.com

Kirkus Reviews has been a standard book review service for printed books for years. They also review digital independent books.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/author-services/indie/

Authors Guild is a author’s membership group that offers various services – website building, legal services, a place to announce new books, etc.

http://www.authorsguild.org/

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a nonprofit organization which acts as a network and provides information for writers, illustrators, editors, librarians and educators.

http://www.scbwi.org/

Absolutewrite is a bulletin board featuring books and forums for writers.

http://www.absolutewrite.com

The Indie Books Blog welcomes anyone to submit to the blog and have a book featured.

http://indiebooksblog.blogspot.com/

http://indiebooksblog.blogspot.com/p/get-featured.html

Social Media

Social Media can also play an important role in helping get the word out about your book. You might considering connecting your books to the following social media networks.

https://www.facebook.com/

http://instagram.com/#

https://twitter.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/

http://www.pinterest.com/

https://www.youtube.com/

https://plus.google.com

 

A Writer’s Blog as part of your website can be very useful to helping connect and update visitors about your latest efforts.

Useful Tools for eBook Creation

Dropbox is a free service that lets you deliver photos, documents and videos easily to other parties. You can use this service instead of sending large files by email.

https://www.dropbox.com/

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. This is a great free program for mac and windows.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ 

PDF Reader is usually already installed on most computers. If you need the latest PDF reader you can find it here.

http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Google Fonts provides an inventory of open source fonts.

www.google.com/fonts

Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition is PC software that helps you create, organize and enhance your images. It has a free trial period which will de-feature to minimal functionally once the trial has ended. You can purchase the full version if you find this software is useful for your work.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4357

Kindle Previewer is a free tool that emulates how books are displayed across different Kindle devices. You can quickly view your ePub books on this utility and have a very close representation of what it will look like on specific devices.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000765261

Readium is a free open source technology for viewing ePub books. The Readium web chrome extension provides a way to view fixed layout books on your computer. It does not run interactivity eBook functions.

http://readium.org/

Azardi is a decent program for viewing ePub books on your computer. You can view standard or fixed layout ePub books. It cannot run interactive features.

http://azardi.infogridpacific.com/

Adobe Digital Editions provides a way to view and manage eBooks.

http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions.html

IDPF is an organization that provides information and resources about ePub formatting, ePub conversion and ePub standards.

http://idpf.org/

ISBNs can be purchased at Bowker Identifier Services.
https://www.myidentifiers.com/

ISBN information can be obtained at the International ISBN agency.
https://www.isbn-international.org/

Copyright information and registering of copyright can be found at the copyright.gov website.
http://www.copyright.gov/

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