Some Tools For the Online Book Writer

I spent the morning changing my PubIt! Account at Barnes & Noble to NOOK Press. Although I have only two of my five Ridgewood Chronicles books there, I plan to add the others soon. I also brought down the prices to $0.99 per book. The new prices may take a day or two to appear at B&N.

Meanwhile, I am still having issues with their Nook for PC app, which I downloaded three months ago. Customer complaints are years and many about this app, and B&N seems unable to offer a fix. The basic problem I am having is it will not automatically list the ePub books I own. I have to add each book one at a time to my library. Another problem is it will not stay synced with books that I am reading in my library. If I stop at a page in the middle of a book, it will not bookmark that place, but start at the beginning the next time I open the book.

Overall, I like Amazon’s Kindle app for the PC. I have used their app for two years and I have never had a problem. However, it will not open ePub books, so I have resorted to using Calibre’s e-book management app to convert my ePub books to formats that Kindle can open.

Calibre is a great app for anyone who has a huge e-book library. I like that you can edit the book descriptions, as well as choose from various covers. Or, if you are creative, you can design your own covers.

Now, the clock is telling me that I must return to working on my novel, which will be available at Amazon and B&N. Stay tuned.

My Opinion Of Microsoft’s XPS and Blio

My new laptop is made by HP and came from the store with plenty of apps and add-ons cluttering its hard drive. One of those apps was Blio—a free e-reader, which I cleared along with most of the other apps I don’t use. Naturally, I played with Blio and the rest before I deleted them.

As an avid reader, I thought I would like Blio. I have plenty of e-books I transferred from my old PC, so I put them into my Blio library. Plus, Blio promised new books would be added to their library soon, including new releases, best sellers, hot new fiction, and e-books for under $5. I was elated until I tried to open one of my uploaded books with Blio.

After searching online, I learned that Blio uses Microsoft’s XPS document format for its e-books. I have several e-books in XPS format, so I told Blio to open one. It didn’t work. In fact, it refused to open any e-book in my library.

What good is an e-reader if it won’t read e-books?

Blio did, however, open the books I downloaded from the Blio store. However, some books were formatted improperly and had blank pages and missing text. Wow! Unprofessional.

So, after deleting Blio from my computer, HP sent me an email today about Blio, telling me how wonderful an app it is.

It isn’t. Which is why I am checking out Calibre, an app that appears better equipped at managing e-book libraries.