For the love of all that’s holy, CHECK YOUR E-BOOK FILES before you take them live. I’ve read quite a few e-books from authors whose publishers are giants, yet their e-books are a hot mess. I’m talking about major conversion blunders that arbitrarily cut dialog, mid-sentence, into several carriage returns, so you’re not sure who’s talking. It looks
Then there are the quote marks around narrative instead of dialog, missing scene breaks, and a whole host of other problems.
From all appearances, publishers aren’t taking the time to test the e-book files before uploading them to online databases like Amazon and BN.com, so lots of authors have embarrassingly horrible-looking e-books. If you see your e-book is filled with a shop of horrors, scream at your publisher to fix them. I’m in the middle of reading an e-book, and I’d give my left ear lobe to tell the author – because I do know her – but I don’t want to offend her. What’s worse is I’m not sure her publisher would fix it – and it dearly needs fixing. I’ve never struggled so hard to read an e-book.
There is a well-known author whose e-books are horribly converted. I’m in the process of reading every one of his gazillions of books, and I have yet to find a clean conversion.
I know exactly squat about e-book conversion, but my very dear buddies in India know a bucket-load. I test the little blighters before I hand them over to Consortium for distribution because I really want our readers to enjoy their books – not wish they could rip their eyes out with a toothpick.