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Aug 6, 2014

E-Book Authors Are Under Fire? Yes There Are In My Opinion

Some E-book authors didn't even understand! Whenever you are publishing a book under ANY self-publishing platform what you've currently using; most of them have guidelines when publishing an E-book; some people has claimed these guidelines are violating their publishing rights. And many of their self-publishing accounts are terminated without warning, or with a neglectful matter.

Some E-book authors are so upset because, they don't want technological measures applied to their work,--after they chosen Scribd to sell their work,--after selecting desired vendors by any self-publishing platform. At this case, I listed my E-book to Scribd, and somehow it's placed under technological measures, the screen-reader what I'm using on a Chromebook discovered garbled text. Scribd's copy-protection is actually violating the CC-license what I've just applied to my book earlier. This is a bad thing if you are publishing a book that is licensed under Creative Commons licenses. What a violation they've just did! Free Software Foundation has condemned use of DRM or other copy-protection schemes as unnecessary.

What to write about your E-book? Use your imagination

When you first start writing your E-book, it's a hard work. All you have to do just use your imagination. If your book is about fairies, religion, education, non-fiction, etc. Well; there's some limits when writing an E-book, you have to be extremely careful, otherwise your published E-book will be canceled, and land you in court,--or worse.

Be wise when writing about any subject with your book.

When writing an E-book, make sure it matches the correct audience. But some of the following won't be accepted for most self-publishing platforms.

  • Don't write an E-book that promotes predatory activities. Most people will report your E-book as unsafe, in some cases; you will be reported to law enforcement.
  • Avoid writing an E-book that promotes illegal weapons, harmful substances that are controlled by the government, or any other illegal items.
  • Don't write E-books that is built to promote death threats. That can lead you to prison, or worse. It's against the law to launch this kind of this threat.
  • Be careful when using copyrighted material,--after you obtained permission from the copyright-owner. You should only get permission from a copyright-owner that you've trust. Some copyright-owners spoof individuals to fool them they have permission to use their material. If you are using CC-licensed content, or any other open-source content, check if the license is legitimate.
  • Never EVER write an E-book that promotes child pornography (period). That's what some people didn't EVEN understand! If you did it, you are behind bars,--resulting your earnings from your work being shut off. And your self-publishing account via any platform will be terminated,--for good.
  • Think before you use public domain content. Some copyright scammers make public domain content unreliable for any use.
  • Accessive foul language may result your E-book being recalled from their online book stores.
  • Be careful when writing non-fiction stories, such as an investigation at the factory-farm, or slaughterhouse; be sure to write a notice at the beginning of the story to let others know if your work contains text or images that may be sensitive to some viewers. For example, if you writing a non-fiction book that spreads the word about animal cruelty on factory-farms, and slaughterhouses, you applied this message: "The text or images that you'll about to see may be sensitive to some viewers. However, we need to spread the truth about animal cruelty, wishing for you to stop it."
  • Think before you write a book that is only for adults.

If you are a wise creator who is wise about writing E-books, and you're always careful, that can be the another story.

If your E-book is read by your audience, they always make sure your content in your book is safe for everyone seriously! You'll never know if your Work will be reported as unsafe. If you had an E-mail link available, your audience can leave feedback, that way; if they experienced any problems with your book, they can send a report to you.

You can do any of the following:

  • Edit some mistakes in your book.
  • Remove some content what your audienced believed something's not right.
  • Fix paragraphs.

If you are writing a book about your imagination, make sure your storyline is entertaining, informative, educational (optional), and useful.

If you are writing a book about your business, make sure it's legitimate.

If your books contains a how-to guide, make sure it's easy to understand.

Each of us have ways to share stories as we write E-books, whenever it's long or short.

If your book has over 20 pages, or longer, make sure your chapters are setup,--so it's easier for some readers can continue where they left off. Most long books are read by some people who are interested with your book. You don't want your book to be boring!

If you are blind, you can write textual E-books, those books don't have images at all. Since textual books are smaller in size than books with images; they don't hog up disk space for most E-reading devices.

It takes lots of time to write your book, if you are writing a long book, it takes longer time.

If you are about to publish your first E-book; think before you do so! Always read the guidelines of the Self-publishing platforms,--before you sign up for an account. If you believed some guidelines violates your rights, you can contact the administrators for assistance. Or consider creating a petition,--if there's a problem with their guidelines.

If you are playing by the rules that are equal for all self-published authors, that's important to make sure if your account is in good standing.

Don't participate in any MMF schemes!

Avoid participating in these unlawful schemes. Some people are tired of waiting for their royalties to start,--after they published an E-book. And they really wanted to start it up. But that's not the way how it goes.

Your E-book will only be discovered by any of the following:

  • The Reader goes to the bookstore and finds your book what he/she wants to read,--after you published it. That can take some time.
  • Your work is purchased by an individual who has interest of your E-book what you've just wrote.
  • Your earnings start to run,--after your book is purchased by the purchaser who is interested of your book.
  • Your net earnings is calculated by any self-publishing platform what you've currently using. Based on their Terms & Conditions; they state how your earnings are handled, during deduction of your gross earnings.
  • If you receive earnings each month, it's sent to you via the net earnings by any format,--after it meets the required amount, for example: at least $20.

That's organic traffic for your E-book, but you can still promote your own project by writing highlights about your book on your blog, and linking to them by any vendor what you've just chosen. I'm currently using Draft2Digital. I'm always patient to wait for my work to be discovered.

In some cases, people might not buy your E-book just yet,--due to the following:

  • Visitors are busy purchasing other E-books from a desired vendor what you have chosen.
  • They're busy reading other E-books what they have interest to.
  • They're busy finding some E-books that are DRM-Free because, they don't want to sign up for Adobe Digital Editions. You can work around this by republishing your work as DRM-Free.
  • People are busy purchasing public domain E-books, instead of copyrighted E-books. Or in some cases, books that are CC-licensed.
  • Visitors are busy purchasing some E-books that don't have any adult content.
  • Some of the visitors who are at the vendor's website can't afford to purchase your E-book. They go four a cheaper version of your work, orother work written by other authors.
  • Some people don't have an E-reading device at all!
  • They're not interested with your E-book.

People are so upset because, they don't like organic traffic, and they are trying ways to get their earnings turned on via the following:

  • submit a link to their work to third party promotion sites that aren't legitimate.
  • Purchase your own copy of your work. That can be a problem because, if you want your earnings to be valid, don't purchase your own content.
  • Hire a person to purchase your work, and promote it to other sites, others discovered your work, and purchase it like crazy!
  • Artificially boost traffic to your content what you've just added to their listings.
  • Encourage someone to purchase your copy of your work without any interest or value of your work.

That's not the way how promoting your E-book goes, and that's not the way how to turn on your earnings. That's the known sign of a MMF scheme, or pyramid scheme, or worse!

Stay focused on publishing interesting, useful, informational, educational, high-quality content. The more as you publish unique content, your work will be discovered! Don't focus on the SEO, or your ISP. Update your work often, and fix errors as you write your E-book.

Don't spam the search engines, be creative.

If your CC-licensed E-book like mine is infected by Scribd's technological measures, most likely they violated your license!

I created a petition to demand Scribd to keep technological measures off CC-licensed E-books via Change.org; I was so upset, their Book ID system and copy-protection system,--resulting garbled text what my Chromebook's screen-reader discovered via a previewer when testing my work. I felt ripped off by this DRM-like scheme what they currently had.

Who in the right mind to apply this form of DRM on to a CC-licensed E-books what I've published? If you an author who is so concerned liked me; it's time to take action against this form of DRM that is preventing my work from being read by screen-readers,--due to garbled text, this form of copy-protection has to go!

Scribd is treating readers as nothing more than criminals. This form of practice is infecting E-books still. DRM is defective by design, and it can cause customers to boycott content that is infected with DRM.

I don't do it to readers, that's bad practice!

I felt bad for this blogger who ended relationship with Scribd because use of open-source content online that's been placed in Scribd's copyright-protection system filters, Or Book ID.

Since Scribd has a bad copy-protection system, it still infringes copyright, or generate fraudulent claims of copyright infringement. I E-mail them to keep my work out of their Book ID system. But my work is still might be submitted to Book ID without my consent. I responded to an automated E-mail, and updated my support ticket,--telling them: "This is NOT a DMCA notice." Well, I'm actually boycotting DMCA. The safe harbor provisions is nothing but a sunken lie! I've managed to check my E-mail for any response from my support ticket.

Not even 1 administrator on Scribd didn't even pay attention to these CC licenses, and other open-source licenses on certain content. And there's no accessibility found on Scribd, and it's all visual. That's a severe violation of accessibility laws around the world.

I've also contacted Free Software Foundation to send the report about Scribd's defective copy-protection system that has the another form of DRM that is built to inhibit copying CC-licensed content, and that can also wrongfully inhibit fair-use. However; the fair-use doctrin is broken, and outdated. Our copyright system is still broken.

What a CRAPPY copy-protection system what they had developed!

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