Over on the Self-Publishing Review, my Adventures in Self-Publishing is still front-paged and generating some nice contact, public & private. Go me! But I’m still not rich yet. So anyway(s), as discussed, I’ve signed up with Smashwords to distribute my Acts of the Apostles. It’s been accepted into the iPad store, for which iPad-hater Cory Doctorow would give me a “boo-bad” and iPad hater-hater Jeffrey Zeldman a “way-to-go”, I expect. DOCTOROW-ZELDMAN STEEL CAGE DEATH MATCH! Or not. So long as they both keep saying nice things about my books it’s all good, as the surfers say.
So far, my Smashwords results not all that impressive: 82 downloads and zero sales.
On the other hand, the book is only available on Smashwords so far, not on Amazon or iPad. Maybe best-sellerdom is right around the corner!
Further reflections on Smashwords, iPad, OpenLaszlo, self-publishing, etc, etc, below the fold.
I’m trying to reformat my PDF of Cheap Complex Devices into Microsoft Word so that I can feed it into Smashwords’ “meatgrinder” conversion tool, one output of which will be a much inferior PDF of my book, thereby perhaps gaining some sales at the expense of destroying the look & feel of the book, one of its coolest aspects, in my not so humble opinion. I’ll blog about that whole process at some point. Anything for a buck, what-what? It’s a further ramification of the whole ontological quexion of “what am a book?” or rather, “what are a book?” as touched upon here.
I guess the iPad is causing a big open-versus-closed kerfluffle, since it’s a closed system but brags on (or brags “about”, for you coastal elites) not including Flash because Flash is a closed system. As Cory might say if he were 14 years old, hypocrisy much, Apple?
As for me, I don’t want an iPad not because I don’t want an iPad, but because I don’t want anything right now that isn’t food, shelter, or electricity. Buy some of my books, people! When I can haz dispozable income, then we’ll talk iPad.
I do hope the non-Flashness of the iPad will give a boost to OpenLaszlo. I loves them though they hurt me so, now I’m going to pack my things and go.