Entries in kindle owners lending library (2)

Wednesday
Feb012012

Does Amazon Kindle Ranking Affect Book Sales?

You bet your $0.99 book it does! With the creation of POD and eBook distribution companies like Lulu, CreateSpace, and Lightning Source (as well as Amazon's KDP platform and BN's Nook) the publishing floodgates have been opened wide, allowing anyone to turn author and make an extra dime selling their fiction and non-fictions works without seeking the traditional publishing route.

Therein lies the problem. EVERYONE is publishing a book nowadays (some great, many bad) which means readers must sift through thousands of books in order to find the ones they'll really enjoy. So, if you think writing a book, spitting out a print copy and slapping it on the KDP platform at amazon.com means automatic millionaire, think again. You're being tossed into the sea with every other author and you have to swim for the surface. Yes, there are the chosen few that have made it above water. So, what's their secret? The simple answer is: thousands of eyes on their books.

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Saturday
Jan142012

iPad 2 vs Kindle Fire: An Author/Reader/Musician's Review

As an author, book producer, avid reader, and recording musician, I decided it was my duty to do a review of the iPad and Kindle Fire for those of you who are on the fence as to whether to go team Apple or team Amazon. Ironically, I own the original iPad, a Kindle 3 with an e-ink screen, and most recently received the Kindle Fire as a present (not to mention my iPhone). Yes, I know that it seems like tablet overload, but I'm not complaining. I actually use every device I own, especially since I produce fiction books for 711 Press and write books for Vendera Publishing. So, if you're on the fence about which to buy, this review is a simple breakdown of my thoughts on each tablet, which I hope will help you decide the best choice for you. Let's start with the tablet screen:

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 If you prefer a larger screen, especially for watching movies on Netflix, the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad does offer easier viewing over the 7-inch screen on the Kindle Fire. At 132 pixels per inch via iPad versus 169 pixels per inch via Kindle Fire, I haven't noticed much difference in quality. So, if screen size doesn't matter, this isn't a deal breaker. Viewing movies on either screen is enjoyable. The quality is crisp and clean on both tablets. Speaking of movies, if watching streaming videos is your thing, Amazon Prime ($79.00 per year) does offer free movie streaming similar to Netflix, which is just one of the perks for Amazon Prime. (I'll discuss more perks shortly). 

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