Global eBook Awards – judging soon to begin

Global eBook Awards NomineeThree of our titles were nominated for the Global eBook Awards. Judging is soon due to begin and there is still time for you to cast a vote on the awards website. Each of them is in a different category so you can vote for all of them if you wish. It only takes a few seconds!

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of our titles please do spend those few seconds voting. It couldn’t be any easier, just follow the links below:

To vote for Abiding Evil in the Horror category go to http://bit.ly/abidingAward

To vote for Devoted Sisters in the Suspense/Thriller category go to http://bit.ly/devotedAward

To vote for Crypto da Vinci, a Peter White mystery in the Mystery category go to http://bit.ly/cryptoAward

Thank you in anticipation ;-)

Alnpete Press eBook sales

It’s been an exciting time for us and our authors here at Alnpete Press, with the move into the world of eBooks being a great success.

   Alison Buck’s spooky horror novel Abiding Evil quickly went to the top of both Amazon UK and Kobobooks horror bestseller lists, it has also been No. 1 in Ghosts on both sites for ages.

   Sales in the UK, as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere have been strong on Kobobooks, but sales outside the UK have been negligible on Amazon. There is a distinct and very palpable antagonism to small independent publishers / authors, especially if they are non-US, (to the point of extreme rudeness in many cases) on the amazon.com customer threads which is clearly reflected in the sales figures.

   So, thank you to our new readers who are discovering our titles for the first time in electronic format. Tell your friends ;-)

Incoming Gibberish

One of the disadvantages of allowing comments on a blog is that you immediately become a target for spammers and others who are trying to build up a volume of links to improve the search engine rating for their own site. Now if they made some relevant or appropriate comment not only might you overlook their objective when moderating their comment, but indeed you might not even notice. But almost invariably they just make some boilerplate comment (even to the point of leaving in boilerplate variable placeholders sometimes!). Given the nature of our blog (i.e. to provide information relating to our authors and their titles) most of these bog-standard comments are so far from being even vaguely relevant as to be laughable. At least that makes the job of moderating much simpler!

   So far, the comments largely fall into four categories:

1. Stroking. Complimentary comments that are non-specific and are intended to appeal to the blogger’s ego (“Great post. I come back here regularly. I don’t understand why you’re not a famous blogger” etc…)

2. Poking. Uncomplimentary comments that are also non-specific but seem to be intended to generate a response (“I used to read your blog every day but the recent posts aren’t so good. What’s up dude?” and so on.)

3. Provoking. Questions or statements about the mechanics of the blog that are also intended to generate a response (“Hey dude, did you know your text disappears off the page in Chrome?” “Some of the pictures aren’t loading in my browser.” or even “I couldn’t find a way to submit comments” – my favourite ;-) )

4. Cloaking. Comments that aren’t even trying to be intelligible. Some appear to be randomly generated gibberish, many of which are clearly from sources that don’t speak English and have found a very strangely populated dictionary/thesaurus. (“This sounds sort of agitative pending me…can’t watch this…thank you!” “That is former groovy advice! ego be acquainted with he.”)

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“one of the finest horror novels I have ever read” Darkiss Reads review of Abiding Evil

On his website Darkiss Reads, Darkiss has reviewed Abiding Evil by Alison Buck. If you haven’t read Abiding Evil yet (why not?), then check out this review to see what you’re missing. Darkiss obviously enjoyed it! I’m sure he won’t mind us including a couple of extracts here:

“I will tell you right from the start that this is one of the finest horror novels I have ever read. There is no doubt in my mind that Alison Buck is one of the best writers of horror around today. Abiding Evil left me hanging on the edge of my chair so many times that the next time I read one of her books I may strap myself into my seat.”

“I don’t know why Alison Buck’s name is not better known. If this book is anything to go by she is easily as good as Stephen King or Dean Koontz.”

Thanks Darkiss, hopefully your review will mean that Alison’s name does become better known ;-)

Alnpete Press titles now available on German Kindle store

With the launch of the amazon.de kindle store, Alnpete Press titles are now available in the English Books section.

Nominations for Global eBook Awards

Global eBook Awards Nominee

Three of our titles have been nominated for the Global eBooks Awards:

Abiding Evil by Alison Buck

Crypto da Vinci by Simon Buck

Devoted Sisters by Alison Buck

Crypto da Vinci published just in time for Read an eBook week

If you’re still looking for an exciting new eBook to read for Read an eBook Week, you’ll be glad to know that Crypto da Vinci by Simon Buck has just been published as an eBook. It’s already on the Amazon Kindle Store and will soon be up on Kobo. If you like mysteries or thrillers, with some espionage, wit and a soupçon of whimsy thrown in for good measure, then you’ll love Crypto da Vinci, the latest in the Peter White mysteries.

Read an eBook Week 2011

eBook week 2011

Take the opportunity in this year’s Read an eBook week to read Abiding Evil or Devoted Sisters by Alison Buck, or Library of the Soul by Simon Buck on Kindle. Or if you prefer, Kobo versions of Abiding Evil or Devoted Sisters by Alison Buck, or Library of the Soul by Simon Buck. All currently available at GOOD PRICES.

What should determine the price of e-books?

On the FUTUReBOOK blog, in a recent post about app publishing and pricing, Simon Appleby mentions the dilemma facing publishers when it comes to pricing electronic editions of books:

While we know that e-books and enhanced e-books pose their own pricing challenges for the trade, at least there is a base expectation in the consumer’s mind that what they are purchasing has value as the fruits of someone’s labours – the debate is “cheaper than the book, but how much cheaper?”.

That is a good question, and I started to try and write a comment on his post but it developed into such a long comment that it became clear I should make it as a post here instead… Continue reading ‘What should determine the price of e-books?’

Simon Buck starts his own blog – Concomitant thoughts

Simon Buck has started his own blog called Concomitant thoughts. We’re providing the hosting but have no editorial input.