The Author Speaks: on eBooks

One of the realities of modern authorship is that you can’t rely on just one format for your book. You can have a hard copy in print but you also need an audiobook and an eBook. Well, the audiobook is pretty well lined up so long as we can get the budget together to record it properly, but the eBook is a different story.

There are many tools available to make creating eBooks relatively simple and effective. I have taken the route of using IngramSpark’s system to create the Glenrowan eBook as it has quite a decent distribution model. As I write this, it has just gone live on at least two platforms (Amazon/Kindle and Rakuten Kobo) and should be going up on other platforms soon as it goes through all the necessary processes. There were some headaches getting it there but now that it’s up for sale it means that it has been given the all-clear by IngramSpark.

So, yes, there is now an eBook available but it has not yet rolled out on all of the platforms it should do, so keep an eye out for more information as it comes to hand.

In other news, Glenrowan is now on sale in Eltham Bookshop. So far this is the only brick-and-mortar store with a supply so that’s pretty exciting. If you happen to be within 5km of Eltham, you can pop down to 970 Main Road, Eltham, and you’ll even be able to see it in the window there. They have reconfigured themselves as a “takeaway books” service to compensate for the Covid-19 situation, which is one of the cleverest things I have seen come out of the lockdowns. This bookshop holds a special place in my heart because I was a frequent customer here in my younger days, wandering through the collection and positively drooling at the range they had on offer. Definitely one of my favourite memories. I look forward to being able to actually go inside once we get past these lockdowns.

That’s all of the big news for now folks. I will keep you up to date when there’s more to hand.

And for no reason, here’s Geoff Gilmour as Steve Hart trying on his unfinished helmet.

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