An eBook Rant!

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Pictures of my books for a change!!!!!!!!

As my blog says, most of me books are picked up off the free book list on Amazon, mostly the German one.  Most are well presented  but some send me to despair as it’s obviuos the author really has no idea how the book presents on a KIndle, and recently I’ve picked up some which seem to be photocopied sheets, which you can’t enlarge and so are unreadable – although I do only have a basic KIndle. Ok, so they are a bit better on the PC Kindle, but they’re still difficult to read.  The most recent being Christian Meditations by Tyng, Self Training in Christian Meditation by Rushton Burr  and the Duden Schulgrammatik Englisch.

The event of the 50 Shades of grey spawned a huge rise in the porn, and rip offs, the best was 50 Shades of Wey, which was about beer, thankfully these are dying down. It’s amazing how the classics are always there, such a Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, Robinson Crusoe, I bet someone is wishing they had bought the publishing rights.  Some people seem to have left their book permanently on the free lists.  There’s also a rise of collections of several books, and these can be infuriating as when you read the book details, all there is are more ads for more books!

This also led in a rise of book covers with models posing a scene from the book, some a bit near the knuckle for my own taste, but I always associate these pictures with being a tacky MIlls and Boon type book, so I rarely look beyond the cover. The Chick lits still seems to have drawn/painted covers, but they seem to be coming less and less on the lists.

There are now specific eBook publishers, and for these I hold my main rant. So often you think you are picking up a novel (and It doesn’t say not so on the cover or details, just on the contents list and who looks at these – obviuosly not me), only to find a novella which then has a third of another book as a taster. There is one English firm who is a culprit on this -should I name names? It’s great in some ways, at least it helps with the marketing but………. I find it infuriating, and when I looked at the website, I see they ask specifically for novellas (money making) but also have slave labour interns, which explains some of the unprofessional proofing that is in some, e,g Wendy Lewis’s Town and Country.

The main difference, is the rise of the Novella, no bad thing, but please cough up on the page that its so!

It’s all a grwoing market, and obviuosly, I’m looking at the amatuer end, there are some gems, and I’ll keep on being a skinflint!

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