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With all the good reviews this book received, I was excited to order and read it. What a huge disappointment! There are 110 "numbered pages."Of these, 4 are the index, 2 are the TOC, 2 are the copyright info, 7 pages are totally blank, 12 pages are at least half filled with pictures, most of which do not add any value to the content of the book. For example, do you really care to see a picture of an editor (a person not a tool), or a full page of what the Amazon Kindle looks like? Hello - you see the Kindle every time you sign on to Amazon! The remaining 79 or so pages are all large font with a lot of white space in-between. What this all boils down to is extremely limited content. The book is way over priced and I was very disturbed by the obvious tactics the author used to try to make the book appear larger. There is no way I would want to apply any of his techniques. Do you really want your readers to think you are also a rip-off?
Save your money and buy a self-publishing book by a reputable author. TheWell-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman is a good one.
I usually donate a book to the library if I don't want it anymore. This is the only time I have ever returned a book to Amazon - I did not even want to donate it!
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Initial post: Feb 18, 2011 10:04:13 AM PST
The book you recommend that people buy instead is from 2006. The first Kindle wasn't released until November 2007, and the iPhone hit the market much later. Clearly, that book couldn't have more information on self-publishing with Kindle or the iPhone than this book. So thanks for your review. I'm putting this on my Amazon Wish List. Can't wait to read it.
And if you're really going to judge books based on how many pages they have and the size of the text, I have one I think you'll love. It has over 1,000 pages, and the text is really tiny. Hope you don't mind that the pages are yellow.
Posted on Mar 19, 2011 1:42:36 PM PDT
Big Fan says:
Ms. Capri has but one review, this one. Perhaps she is related to
Peter Bowerman in some fashion.
Look forward to her comments on The Yellow Pages!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2011 8:13:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 28, 2011 8:16:46 PM PDT
Bowerman's book is one of the best I've seen for real self-publishing. Sure it's a few years old, but it's new enough to be extremely relevant. There is no decent book on Internet self-publishing. There's books on formating for Kindle, etc, but not on successfully publishing online. You're better off studying internet marketing in general than self-publishing books, unless it's from a proven expert like John Kremer.I agree about the number of pages. It is a growing trend and clearly indicates a lack of effort by the author. If it was highly specialized content and only 108 pages, better to publish it as an ebook and charge $20 to $40 for it. But this information is not exactly specialized or unknown. Do a little research on Google and you can learn all the basics of POD, self-publishing on the Internet, and Ebook marketing. When you pay for a print book (whether self-published or not) you expect a certain amount of content for the money. AND it's possible to only have 100 pages in a print book IF those 100 pages are fantastic. There's been plenty of examples of that in the past decade. But, when an author clearly takes common knowledge and throws it together fast to sell a book that's not good business.
Posted on Sep 21, 2011 5:40:32 AM PDT
Calamity Jane says:
Thanks for this review. The very first thing I noticed after accessing this listing is that the seller of the formatting instruction book couldn't even properly format the text meant to sell his book. The text is full of ">" marks. When I see such obvious errors, along with dozens of five-star ratings, it leads me to believe the seller's friends are trying to help the seller sell his book. Something's not right here.
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