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Writers' Cafe / Kobo pulled a B&N
« on: August 29, 2019, 11:14:46 pm »
For some of you who haven't checked in to your Kobo account frequently, do not be surprised if your bookmark no longer works, and you have to jump through a thousand hoops to find your account, books, etc. They changed their log-in, and if you try to do it through your FB or other social media portal (you have several of those options instead of just Kobo), it will take you to a registration page.

B&N pulled this sort of thing about a year ago when they changed their web platform.

As an aside, it's just another reason why Amazon seems to rule the roost -- other retailers' interfaces often seem downright clunky.

Oh, yeah -- minor point. When I finally got in to Kobo, my books were gone. It's awesome.

Earlier this year, MS announced it was closing the eBook section of Microsoft Store. It was discussed on here at the time, and it seems most of us either weren't aware of Microsoft's eBook store, or figured it wasn't of importance because it didn't present an opportunity for indie authors to publish, like the other platforms do.

That said, it appears that this month not only is the eBook section of the Microsoft Store shutting down, but MS will be refunding all of its eBook customers because they will no longer be able to access the books they purchased.

I don't know how that works out for the producers of the books (authors, publishers, etc.), but either way it's an interesting glimpse as to what could happen if an eBook retailer closes shop.

Writers' Cafe / Cancel Culture cancels a book
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:08:39 am »
While going through the NY Times to research a news item, I found this article by accident. It's about a book written by a guy who may or may not be an independent one -- that isn't exactly clear. Being that he seems to have unilaterally pulled his book from sale soon after releasing it, my guess is he was an indie author of some type.

Apparently his YA book had some cultural difficulties (he set a love story between two American youths in war-torn Kosovo, and it was apparently historically inaccurate and culturally insensitive to the realities of the war).

Someone on a review website (Goodreads, apparently) slammed it, which caused a ruckus there, and then the equivalent of a Twitter rampage finished the book off. The author pulled the book from sale. Apparently there are a few other authors who have pulled books because of this sort of thing: it's apparently called "Cancel Culture". Anyone heard of this?

Obviously, it is something of which indie authors should be aware -- in the day of social media, one's book can get a lot of heat. Any thoughts?

PS -- this was edited because Edge sometimes acts goofy, and you hit the spacebar and something posts instead of placing a space. Minor browser glitch.

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Previewer 3's deficiencies
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:54:30 pm »
Anyone else use the Kindle Previewer, the one that you download onto your computer?

I've used them ever since I started writing, and found the program useful for final editing, i.e., seeing if your formatting works, etc.

The new Kindle Previewer, Kindle Previewer 3 -- well, it's relatively new -- looks great, but sucks for editing and reviewing.

My main complaint is that it shoves the main reviewing panel off to the right side of your computer screen. Makes looking over your manuscript for final errors very laborious.

There doesn't seem to be a way to adjust or defeat that "feature". Anyone else notice this? Is there some trick to center the preview screen that I haven't been able to find?

So I find myself using Kindle Previewer 2 and putting up with the frequent reminders to update, that the Zon has wonderfully inserted into that program.

Oh well.

Writers' Cafe / Windows 10 Upgrades, Kindle Previewer stops working
« on: May 28, 2018, 03:57:42 am »
Like some PC and laptop owners, I have Windows 10 on mine and so far it's been OK to use.

Periodically it updates, and for the past year or so, I haven't seen any glitches.

But this last upgrade has caused some definite issues.

First, there was an issue posting on some forums (which partially cleared up -- probably "improvements" to the Edge browser); then I noticed IE disappeared (had to search for it using File Explorer). And now, Kindle Previewer, which worked perfectly for two years since I installed it on my laptop, won't launch. The on-computer "Troubleshooter", of course, is useless.

Any on else with a Win10 PC encounter this problem?

I still have no idea why a program that worked fine on Windows 10 for over two years (when I loaded it onto this laptop from Amazon) decided to unwork. I think the upgrade did something that changed settings, or it changed how the Previewer would work with the upgraded Win10 system.

But, just in case any others have encountered this issue, by accident I managed to get it to work.

I had to right click on the file icon as it was found in File Explorer (I ignored the shortcut in the start menu, although this could possibly work by right clicking on the start menu Previewer icon), and sort of tell the computer to open it in a previous OS version. As there was no option for Win10 listed (just Win8, Win7, Vista, and I think XP), I said "I don't Know" which OS I was using, and it chose XP compatibility for some reason. And right now -- fingers crossed -- the Kindle Previewer works.

I have DLed the latest version off Amazon to my desktop. May have to resort to reloading the Previewer if this old one I've got decides to stop working.

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