Ebook Formats

Happy June!

Happy LGBT Pride Month!

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Happy National Donut Day!

So pretty soon I’m going to be putting one of my books–Brynne, Non-Vampire–on some other ebook stores. Right now I only sell my ebooks through Amazon, but for a while now I have been considering trying a couple of other ebook distributors. I’m thinking of going for iBooks, Google books, and Kobo. Are there any major ones I’m missing here? My goal is just to extend my reach. The only reason haven’t done this before is the added work for what I assumed would be minimal gain, since most people seem to read Kindle books on whatever device they own. But now I can see an advantage to reaching out to those who don’t read Kindle books, or even those who do but would rather read through the native format for their device.

Of course the downside to this is that I will now have to produce a well formatted epub version of my book, so it is a little more work. I think the last time I ran my conversion and checked it with Epubcheck I found some errors that I just could not get it to stop reporting, even after I thought I had them corrected. But I will put in the effort and make this work.

Another option I’m considering is putting that book somewhere on my side, to be read online. Sort of in a blog format. I know there are a lot of downsides to this, not the least of which is some people would be annoyed having to click through to the next section, but it would still be available for purchase at various outlets, and I will be putting additional handy links to the various retailers once I add them. It’s just something I’m considering.


Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I loved this movie. I don’t know why it didn’t do better in the theater, and I’m kind of baffled by any negative reviews I see. Actually, most reviews I see from people who actually have seen it really did like it. I think Alden Ehrenreich did very good as Han Solo. I was actually a little skeptical of his casting when I first heard about it, but once I saw him in the role it made perfect sense. He had a less-perfected, less-practiced swagger that a young Han would have. He was a good selection.

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I liked the way they actually made a lot of what a lot of us knew about Han through the expanded universe into canon. Now we officially have Han rescuing Chewy from slavery, now we know Darth Maul actually survived being hacked in two by Obi-Wan. Though now Darth Maul is just Maul, no longer a Darth, and is now leading The Crimson Dawn.

I absolutely loved the way Han ended up winning the ship from Lando. This explains so much about their relationship! And we still know they end up being closer, even actual friends, after this because of what we see in Empire Strikes Back.

Another thing I loved was just exactly how Han did the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs (if you round down), and we also know exactly why the navigation computer on the Falcon is so good. We also learn why Han doesn’t trust people, because he has been betrayed by his mentor and by his girlfriend in this one. A girlfriend he had spent years trying to get back to and rescue!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and somehow still gotten this far (didn’t you see the spoiler sign!), GO SEE IT! Seriously, you’ll enjoy it.

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Everyone have a wonderful weekend!