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Ebooks - from the price to a latte and muffin to the cost of a bag of chips

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Thursday, October 15, 2015,
We've done something quite radical, scary almost!
We've reduced the price of all our older ebook fiction to 99p. You might ask why, and the answer is simple - the costs involved in producing an ebook are all up front, before publication. Once production costs have been earned, then why not share in the proceeds?
Our ebooks are usually priced from £2.99-£3.99 - the cost of a latte and a muffin in the standard High Street coffee shop. We keep the costs down because we want readers to try our fi...

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Ebooks - the coffee and muffin test

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, March 25, 2015,
They have the same number of words, they tell the same story, yet they are often half the price. Ebooks are so much cheaper than paper books. And they should be - you can't pass them onto friends and you can't store them on your bookshelf. 
Personally, I still read mostly paper books, but occasionally a link crosses my tablet and I get the whiff of a read that looks interesting. I read the blurb, the reviews and then I look at the price. If it comes under the cost of a coffee and a muffin, I u...
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Print on demand ideal for many African countries

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, November 28, 2012,
Ebooks for Africa! Tablets for Africa!
We hear a lot about digital technology being transported to Africa, and it's a wonderful ideal. The problem is that much of the telephone fibre in Africa is just that - made for telephone usage and unable to support the passage of bulky data (think of the old days of internet dial up).
So while ebook technology may not yet be appropriate, there is another digital mechanism that is ideal - the Espresso Book Machine! This physical printer operates like a ven...
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Do ebook consumers dip into books the way music fans select tracks from albums?

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, October 16, 2012,
I remember a time before itunes and CDs when music came on vinyl albums. Oftentimes you weren't keen on all the musical tracks, but you listened anyway and oftentimes those unpopular tunes grew on you. I'm not the only person who sat in a bedroom listening to every single track on an album while reading the cover from top to bottom - including the copyright details - while the eighth, ninth or tenth song grew more appealing.
Today when we download digital music files, we pick only the album tr...
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E-books - the evolution continues

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, July 10, 2012,
Another month and more updates on the evolution of E-books.
Faber Factory have organised a conference to brief members on new aspects of E-publishing.
Many of us are keen to know how the Waterstones-Kindle alliance will play out. Will Waterstones continue to sell ePub books alongside Kindle books? (For the uninitiated, Kindle uses a different e-book formatting programme from the rest of the industry - hence Kindle can only read Kindle books). If Kindle books are sold onto Kindle devices in shop...
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Ebooks and VAT

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Thursday, July 5, 2012,
Tax on books is a terrible thing - especially when it's a full 20 percent.
No matter what you think of progressive and regressive taxes, £1 tax on a £5 book is excessive.
Fortunately, we don't pay tax on paper books, but it is a different matter when it comes to Ebooks. Apparently they are treated as computer games - hmm!
Ebooks are not cheap to produce. Editing and typesetting must still take place and then they have to be 'converted' to ePub. I'm not exactly sure what this process involves -...
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