After a weekend with a learning curve akin to the North Face of the Eiger, finally the new, improved, validated (all singing all dancing) epub files have gone back to the distributor. Fingers crossed, breath held and we’ll see when they are available for purchase.

In other news a big thanks has to go to Elijana without whose great ebook  none of it would have been remotely possible and which is definitely the best 86p ever spent!

And Cally Phillips has a short story up on McStorytellers website. Shame it’s not MacStorytellers but whose to quibble. The Stabbin’ O’ Rizzio is up there for all to enjoy.

From 1st December you’ll be able to download a free ebook VOICES IN MA HEID from www.hoampresst.co.uk  in the news section. It’s up there for just a month so get yourself over there and tell your friends.  Not exactly Christmassy fare, but how fussy can you be with something for nothing.

More news soon about THE SPRING COLLECTION from HoAmPresst.

Another interesting date and supposedly the date Brand Loyalty comes out as an ebook. In reality though ebook publishing is stranger than whether things go faster than the speed of light…. and while the ebook is out on Amazon Kindle (my least favoured choice of how to purchase it) it hasn’t yet come out on the other platforms, in the other retailers or formats or whatever terminology is most appropriate….. who can tell? I’ve given up with it. Suffice it to say, I’m constantly checking and as soon as you can get this in epub and download on something other than a kindle, I’ll post here…. of course if you are a kindle person you’re laughing already!

Click on this link to get directly to the Kindle version of Brand Loyalty – available now and 11/11/11 is a great day to buy it!

Will have noticed that you can now actually download BRAND LOYALTY and THE THREADS OF TIME in Kindle format despite the official publishing dates being 20/11/2011 and 01/12/2011 respectively.  They are priced at £3.83 each (just don’t ask me why, I cannot understand how the pricing works, but I can tell you this figure is arrived at as part of some complex maths by the retailer/distributor.  I can only tell you that 20% of price is VAT, 40% goes to retailer, 20% of what’s left goes to distributor, leaving me the creator and publisher with a small enough sum that I can probably count it and definitely not get rich off my readership!  Sigh. However, let’s look on the positive side. You CAN now buy ebooks if you have a Kindle e-reader or use a free Kindle app on smartphone or pc.  The other format (epub) will be up and running soon, very soon (I am assured!) and I’ll alert you all when it happens.  

Brand Loyalty will soon be available (digital gods notwithstanding) for ebook/ e-readers.

If you are a slave to Kindle you’ll be able to get it from Amazon with ISBN 978-0-9566838-2-3  it will work on kindle devices and on any of the free kindle for pc/smartphone apps.

If, like me, you’ve managed to avoid their sales pitch, you can get it as an epub book – this will work on all other e-readers and should read on smartphones too  ISBN 978-0-9566838-9-2

The date of publication is set for 20/11/2011 (obviously!) and who knows what the price will be.  All I can tell you is that the RRP including VAT (digital books are not exempt from VAT) will be £4.99 but you should get a decent discount from this price.  (more about pricing in another post)

When I have proper information of the hows/whys and where’s of downloading, I’ll let you know.  I hope I’ve cut a distribution deal which means that however you want your digital media you should be able to get it from somewhere.

I’d just suggest that you look BEYOND the world of Amazon if you possibly can, and if have any interest in keeping the world Ultimate free for just a few more years!

The next ebook to be published by HoAmPresst will be The Threads of Time (originally published 2003) and this is due out on1st December 2011.

The Amazon/Kindle version is  ISBN 978-0-9566838-1-6 and the

epub version is ISBN 978-0-9566838-6-1

Of course if you want to KEEP IT REAL you can buy Brand Loyalty for an Xmas present from the HoAmPresst site direct (please do that rather than buy from Amazon!) http://www.hoampresst.co.uk/shop.html  and there are about 5 copies of first edition of  The Threads of Time left for purchase  as well.

Next year will see the e-publication of CHASING WAVES/BENITO BOCCANEGRA’S BIG BREAK in January and I’m working hard to keep a more or less one a month publication schedule throughout next year.  All you have to do is download them!!!

As a piece of anti Amazon advertising I can say that I’ve got a KOBO. They are a Canadian company and you can buy them from WHSmith (a British company) both of which I found more palatable.  The Kobo Touch is equivalent to the Kindle touchscreen which WE CANT GET in UK yet. (and around the same price) Getting hold of books isn’t a hardship and although they don’t make the big fuss of discounting etc that Amazon do, you soon notice most of that’s a sales pitch and you can pick up whatever you want at a reasonable price and still access all the free ‘classics’ you want.  It just requires moving away from the sheep/lemming like attitude we seem to have in this country at the moment that Amazon Kindle is all there is, simply because it’s the most obvious.  Take the road less travelled folks and consume your digital media another way!

A year to the day that Brand Loyalty launched in paperback and finally confident enough that it’s  going to happen, HoAmPresst announces that Brand Loyalty will be available in e-book format soon, with official publication date of 20/11/2011.

The process has been laborious. Not only learning how to do the conversion (then doing the conversion to a range of formats) but also trying to avoid becoming a slave to Amazon in the process.  Happy to announce that HoAmPresst has signed a distribution deal with our printers who are also moving into e-publishing and fingers crossed that the process will be as simple in that respect as getting published print work from them has always been.

The price (including VAT) will be £3.99 (can’t even begin to work that out in dollars or euros at the moment) and the e-book will contain a considerable amount of ‘extra’ information so that you get more for less!

More detail will be posted here, on facebook and at our website http://www.hoampresst.co.uk  and on facebook in due course.

To buy your copy the quickest way is to follow this link

http://www.hoampresst.co.uk/shop.html

It really is that simple!

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