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Monday, April 30, 2012

Three New Low-Cost Resources for Kindle Writers

I've seen three new Kindle-related resources over the last few days that look well worth checking out.

All of them are still under $12 but going up in price steadily, so I wanted to bring them to your notice as soon as possible.

I'll try to get around to reviewing at least one or two of these soon, but at these low prices you're not really risking a great deal.

Kindle Mania is a concise guide for aspiring Kindle authors. It includes profitable topics to write about, strategies to make your book stand out, the 'MAGIC' formula, formatting tips, pricing strategies, and some clever tactics to promote your book.

As a bonus, you also receive Kindle Ebook Generator, which is described as a 'point-and-click Amazon Kindle e-book creator'. Apparently it will generate up to seven chapters in Kindle-ready format. If your e-book has more chapters than that I guess you're out of luck, but for under 7 bucks at the time of writing Kindle Mania still looks a pretty good deal to me.

Quick and Easy Kindle Formatting Blueprint by Bryan Bowers is a complete guide to formatting your e-book for the Kindle and publishing it via Kindle Direct Publishing. It takes the form of five professionally made video tutorials plus two PDFs, and is being sold on the Warrior Forum as a Warrior Special Offer (WSO).

Bryan's guide takes you through preparing your e-book in Word (or a similar word-processing program), converting it using the free Calibre e-book software, and publishing it via KDP.

I've never used Calibre for this purpose - I've always used MobiPocket Reader, as described in my Kindle Kash course - but I know some people (e.g. my colleague David Robinson) prefer Calibre.

Another of my Kindle publishing colleagues, Rosa Suen, wrote about this package in an email to her subscribers recently...

' I tried using the Calibre software, and I love it. I've never used Calibre before. I followed [Bryan's] blueprint video instructions and converted two Kindle books easily with NO ERRORS at all with the Table of Contents.

'I like the Calibre software better than MobiPocket because Calibre gives me a perfect, linkable Table of Contents. I sometimes struggle with MobiPocket to get the clickable Table of Contents to appear on the Kindle device. When MobiPocket fails, then I end up creating my own clickable TOC using MS Word.'

So maybe I should check out Calibre as well!

In any event, if you want a guide to using Calibre to format your Kindle e-books (plus lots of other useful info), Quick and Easy Kindle Formatting Blueprint looks well worth the modest fee of under $11 at the time of writing. There is a 60-day money-back guarantee if you're dissatisfied with it.

Finally, Pinning Kindle Profits is a guide to using the power of new social networking phenomenon Pinterest to help promote your Kindle e-books. It's by Sam England and Pinterest guru Barbara Ling, and is currently also on sale as a WSO.

Pinterest has become massively popular in a short space of time. According to this recent article from Mashable, it is already generating 17 times the online sales revenue generated from Twitter.

Sam and Barbara's PDF manual sets out a 10-step system for creating engaging Pinterest boards to promote your Kindle e-books. One reviewer, Rob Howard, wrote:

'Sam sent me a review copy and I must say, it's damn good. Inside, Barb shows you how to utilize Pinterest and Kindle in a really neat way! It's very newbie friendly, she shows you 10 easy steps to setting the whole thing up and it can be done pretty quick.

'She shows you how to use Entertainment to grab attention of Pinterest buyers (people who would be interested in your book) to drive them to your Kindle product. She goes into details about how to do this and even provides other resources to achieve this!

'It's very well worth the measly 7 bucks it's starting off at. I highly recommend anyone interested in Kindle (even just promoting books that isn't yours) to pick this up!'

There are also eight additional bonuses, mostly Kindle-related. Again, for under $11 (the dimesale price at the time of writing) this one is definitely well worth a look. There is also a 60-day money-back guarantee on this offer.

I aim to publish a full review of Pinning Kindle Profits here soon, but I recommend buying now while the price is still low (and, indeed, before the product is withdrawn from sale).

Finally, of course, my own guide Kindle Kash is still available, and provides an in-depth guide to devising, writing, editing, publishing and promoting a Kindle e-book. I'm also offering four extra bonuses of my own to buyers from my homepage. Buy now and join the many hundreds of writers who have followed the step-by-step advice in Kindle Kash to create their own published Kindle e-book!

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Anonymous Sharon Hurley Hall said...

Thanks for these reviews, Nick. I've used Calibre as an ebook converter though never to format an ebook from scratch. I've just purchased the Formatting guide as I think that $10 is a steal.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Sharon. Glad you agree it's a useful and good-value resource.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Rob Innis said...

Very useful and interesting blog - ideal for us aspiring eBook writers. I have Calibre - but did not realise it was so powerful. Thanks.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Chris Miller said...

Great resources, I've always had to manually build my Table of Contents for Kindle outside of Mobi, now my head is exploding with all the things I didn't know that I didn't know. Thanks

5:54 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Chris. For the benefit of anyone else thinking of buying "Quick and Easy Kindle Formatting Blueprint", the special offer closes this Friday (18 May).

6:45 PM  

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