I forgot!

Posted on Thursday 05/12/2016 01:52:54

…that not everyone I know here is also on Facebook.

So, for anyone unfortunate enough not to already know, you may download a free, FREE, copy of my Kindle eBook, Excerpts from a Butler’s Journal if you do so before the end of the week (midnight on Friday, US Pacific time). Leave it any later and you will have to pay $1.99. So get it now!

  • lunamor Says:
    I already downloaded the free one. Now I just have to remember to charge my Kindle!

  • blackbird Says:
    I'mma wait to buy it, cuz us writers have to get paid! ;)

  • blackbird Says:
    *I'm going to

    *because

    *we

    *should

    Sorry, Simon.

  • snow Says:
    Me too! I'd rather buy it from you!

  • Simon Says:
    Aw! You have touched me! *dabs tear from eye* I shall forever be in your debt!

    I shall be even more in your debt if you write a review, even if it’s a sneering, condescending one.

  • blackbird Says:
    Oh, I'll write a review. YOU JUST WAIT AND SEE.

    *evil cackle*

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    What if one has a Nook?

  • lunamor Says:
    Then one should stop living in the year 2012.

  • snow Says:
    hahaha!

  • Evil Fury Says:
    LOLOL
    I'm laughing at Luna even though we, too, have a nook. I think. Hell, I don't know. I've never used it.
    Simon, this is awesome!!!! I'll have Matt order it when he gets home!!

  • Simon Says:
    Steve, I suspect you of drollery, but I’ll answer that anyway.

    When I created this masterpiece I decided to write it manually to meet the ePub 3.0 specification, since (a) ePub is a widely used, non-proprietary format, which meant I could write all the code for the component files myself, and (b) ePub books can be directly converted to Kindle format. I settled on Kindle for the final form because ePub readers are notorious for being buggy, and not supporting various formatting standards even where they’re part of the specification. Amazon’s Kindle isn’t without its problems, as earlier models don’t support the full set of formatting styles of the later ones, but at least current ones are standardised.

    As you’re all probably aware, you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book; free Kindle apps are available for all platforms.

  • Simon Says:
    P.S. Since it contains colour images, I’d actually recommend using something like Kindle for PC rather than a monochrome Kindle, as it’ll allow you to get the best out of it. Reading it on something like an iPhone, on the other hand, while it will obviously work, will mean pictures may be too small to see properly. Such are the author’s recommendations; I endorse them entirely.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Simon, it was a serious question. I own a Nook Color.

    Thank you for making me feel bad about reading, Luna.

  • lunamor Says:
    You should feel bad about reading on a Nook.

    Nuk is also the name of a baby pacifier. When you say them out loud, they sound the same.

    You read on a binky, essentially.

  • CaptainMando Says:
    Steve, if you have a smartphone, you can download the Kindle app and read it on your phone.

  • lunamor Says:
    She's only being helpful because you haven't insulted marching bands lately.

    You're off your game, Fritz.

  • snow Says:
    I have the nook, kindle, and iphone books apps all on my phone.

  • Simon Says:
    I should stress that when I say I don’t recommend reading it on a smartphone on account of the small screen size, what I actually mean is “Please get my book regardless, please, I beg you!”

    Steve, I’ll email you a copy of the ePub version (and to anyone else who’d like a copy). The ePub 3.0 specification was introduced in November 2014, but, as is often the way with these things, hardware is sometimes slow to catch up with new specs, so I can’t guarantee it’ll display entirely correctly – but I think it’ll probably be fine.

    An example of this is that, despite having it validated by the IDPF online ePub validator, the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions can’t even open the file – whereas the previous version could. That’s the kind of thing I was trying to avoid by making it available only in Kindle form.

  • snow Says:
    Reading on smartphones isn't that bad. Most will let you blow up the font size. And I bought an iphone 6s, the big daddy. lol.

  • lermontov Says:
    I shall track it down dear boy

  • Simon Says:
    I was going to say ‘You won’t regret it, Lerm!’ but then realised you might, so I’ll confine it to ‘You may not regret it.’ Here’s the Amazon Australia link.

    Snow, it’s mainly the images. There aren’t that many, but most of them are my own drawings, and several have handwritten captions, which may be too small to read on small devices. But they’re not crucial to the plot, or I would have altered them to type, so it’ll be okay. Just sub-optimal, in business-speak – or, in Amazon terms, resulting in ‘a bad user experience’.

  • snow Says:
    I just tried to go online and buy it. It says Not Available for Purchase. ???

  • snow Says:
    Wait, never mind. I had to go through the 'merica link. lol.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Maybe it was sold out?

  • Simon Says:
    Yes, it’s still available, though now at the outrageous price of US$1.99, AUS$2.62, CDN$2.50, £1.49, €1.99, or ¥212.

    There’s only been one review so far, on the Japanese site. I’m very disappointed in you all. Very disappointed. I may have to start snubbing people.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    $2.50 in Canada? Wow they have Monopoly money up there.

  • Simon Says:
    That or they charge considerably more for books than in the US, due to the low proportion or people who can read.

    I don’t know about in the US, but in the UK and Canada sales tax is levied on eBooks (as opposed to printed ones); it’s 20% in the UK, which can be something of a deterrent with more expensive books.

  • lunamor Says:
    But on the up side, you get universal health care! Who needs to read when you can have a heart attack and it won't bankrupt you?!

  • Simon Says:
    This is true, though not how it is usually presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

  • snow Says:
    As soon as I read it, I will leave a thoroughly deserving review! ;)

  • Simon Says:
    Thank you, Snow. I would greatly appreciate it. There’s something terrible about the ‘Be the first to review this item’. It’s like saying ‘No one has read this book’.

  • snow Says:
    I'm about a few hundred pages of finishing the book I'm currently reading. Then I'm all yours. <3

  • lunamor Says:
    I have started reading it but it takes me awhile...I'm currently in the middle of two other books!

  • Simon Says:
    Haha. Thanks, ladies. I am familiar with the symptoms of multiple-book-disorder. You are forgiven!

  • snow Says:
    I just finished the first short story. Love!!

  • Evil Fury Says:
    I know Matt was going to wait until after the free period to buy it but I'll remind him!

  • Simon Says:
    Thanks, Snow. That one was written for Insane-Li’s 19th birthday – Insane-Li being Emily, the girl who people felt I shouldn’t be online friends with, on account of her age. Five of the stories were in fact written for various of her birthdays, following her request made in her journal that I write an entry for her 16th birthday. That’s why several of them are of the boy-meets-girl type; she wrote quite a few like that in her own journal.

    Susan: please do. I’m afraid I can’t guarantee either of you will like them – everyone’s tastes are different – but there’s a fair mixture of genres there, and hopefully Matt will at least enjoy some of the more tongue-in-cheek ones. Many of my stories only had two or three readers on Journalspace, and I liked the idea of more people having the chance to read them now.

  • snow Says:
    So far I'm really digging it!

  • Evil Fury Says:
    I remember a couple of the titles from JS. Seems like forever ago! I'll be glad to revisit your stories. You've always been such a great writer.

  • Simon Says:
    Thanks, Susan. It was quite a while – 12 years in some cases!

  • Nightbreed Says:
    I think I have the whole thing memorized, by now. :-) I know your book better than I do my Bible, that's for damned sure. (o^^o)
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