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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 09:21:38 AM »
On the subject of Independence Day, Kobo's running a sale this weekend.  Some of my stuff's in it.

Trilogy box set is on sale
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 09:20:42 AM »
I am mostly rereading mystery series. I just finished Mark Schweitzer's liturgical mysteries and I'm only about halfway through the Nero Wolfe series.

I have two tablets with only one series per tablet so when the battery gets low, I switch tablets and series. I have to decide what series I'm going to replace the liturgical mysteries. I'm thinking of Catherine Aird's Calleshire mysteries.
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Thanks, guys. I did both. Got my spouse to enroll in a free-two month KU subscription and download the ten books that are in KU. Then I tried the "Edit Content" trick on the others and got exactly the information I needed about which file version was on Amazon.

What I will do with it is a different story. I do not format my own books, and in the past I've had my formatter update them. As I got busy and the formatter did, too, not all of them got updated before that formatter turned me loose. Starting over with a new formatter who says any changes in a book he did not format would require a complete reformat, I don't know if I'm walking into the a spiderweb for the future. Plus the idea of paying all over again for formatting is daunting. I don't know enough about formatting to understand why a file would have to be reformatted from scratch. I've been considering sending one of my books as a revised Word doc to D2D instead for their free formatting, although I'm not sure how much prep work I would have to do in advance, such as not indenting the first paragraph in a chapter, and the like.   

I'm not sure of the value of all the updates I've done in the past, either. At first it was just dealing with a few typos. Then it was updating my Books By pages with links in the frontmatter and backmatter to encourage instant purchases. Then I changed covers and needed to remove the old cover design credit from my copyright pages and have the old embedded cover removed. Then I added some first chapter excerpts at the ends of some of the books. Then I finally got it together to produce a free novella as a newsletter signup incentive, and I had that, with the cover of the novella, added to the frontmatter, and I also updated my link to Mailerlite from MailChimp in both front and back. A lot of fiddling, but my old formatter would do it for peanuts.

That's a lot of activity. I felt my edits to text were important, but I don't have evidence that all these pleas to sign up and to write a review and to buy the other books I have out have produced much of anything.
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The Christmas Tale premade cover is sold! Check out my gallery if you're looking for a cover.

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I could go into Bookshelf>Edit Details and see the file name, but as you know, that will cause Amazon to want to re-approve it. Even though I'd like to believe that Amazon will not take the book off sale while it is deciding all over again to approve publication, I don't want to take the chance this weekend.

Is there another way? I went to Content & Devices>Read Now and what came up on my Kindle for the computer was my original text, even though it has the correct, newer cover.

Is this another instance of Amazon never updating the file it sends to new purchasers? Others have said here previously that it won't bother unless there are substantial changes. But if that is so, how does anyone ever update a file to eliminate typos? Which is what I did a couple of years ago, but now I'm wondering if Amazon ever bothered to acknowledge the update and what can be done about it.

If you add a timestamp to your file you can just click "Edit Content" and view it to determine whether they have the right one. They show you the file name. No prompt to save and no changes register that would require a review.

But as others have said, if you already downloaded/purchased the book prior to the changes, they don't automatically push the new edition out to you (or any other reader who bought prior). You could try from another account, or you could check the "Look Inside" from the book's sales page.
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Mine's back to free again.  Will check the Kobo title/subtitle to make sure it's identical - thanks for that.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on Today at 03:26:48 AM »
A few old quotes and a few thoughts on this more subdued July 4th: Independence Day--Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2020/07/independence-day-life-liberty-and.html
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I tested it and you can do this ^^ and launch previewer as well, reviewing your ebook, as long as you don't "save" or "save and continue".
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There's a neat trick where you can look at your ebook contents and then click the back button or close without saving. It be nice if KDP just had a review mode, but I find that doing this works just as well and doesn't re-publish. As long as I don't hit the save or save and continue button, the book won't go through the re-publish mode. Check your information by going direct into "edit contents" and, after you check your information, hit the backward button or just close the browser (if you're worried it'll still re-publish, you can test this on another book first).
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Vijaya on Today at 12:33:00 AM »
It may be heresy in these contentious times, but tonight, thinking about tomorrow's holiday (here in the U.S.), I'm reading David McCullough's 1776. Tomorrow night I'll do my usual 4th of July viewing of Mel Gibson's The Patriot.

Happy 4th of July!

Reading Canticle for Leibowitz.
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