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General Q&A about the craft of professional writing, editing, and publishing. Questions about all types of writing are welcome -- fiction, technical documentation, scholarly articles, poetry, scriptwriting, blogs, and more.

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How to convert .epub to .pdb for testing

I've seen some conversion sites that can convert .epub files to .pdb files but I was unaware of a source library or a way to convert a file locally for testing on the Nook. So my question is: Do y...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ‭

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Public domain search tools/websites

Is there a united resource or program to search public domain works? By united I mean it searches in more than 1 website for my search term.

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by user47449‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by user47449‭

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What is "text to speech"?

I see some kindle books advertised on Amazon that say "text-to-speech: Enabled" what is this? How is it different from an audio book?

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by James Jenkins‭

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What is "Read an Ebook Week"?

I was just sitting down to start shopping at Smashwords, and found this listing. A quick look on line seems to indicate this is some kind of world wide deal. What is "Read an Ebook Week"? Where...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Are there any ebook search engines?

Are there any websites that work like ebook search engines, where you can perform a search over multiple stores and have the results sortable and/or filterable for file format, price, presence of D...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Sekhemty‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by Sekhemty‭

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What was the average income from ebooks for independent authors in 2013?

Ebooks have been a boon to independent authors, providing a path to audiences, unmatched in the history of publishing. The field is rather new, and currently there is not even Wikipedia page Indep...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page?

Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page as far as usability ease of reading of large ebooks (e.g. hundred+ pages)? I can see at least three distinct factors playing into t...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by DVK‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by DVK‭

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How does DRM impact the sales of eBooks?

DRM (Digital rights management) is a somewhat controversial anti-piracy measure. There are strong arguments on both sides of the debate, this question is not about the should/shouldn't debate. It...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by James Jenkins‭

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