Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

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Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:10 am

Yesterday, my first Kindle e-book became available on Amazon. Here is a link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/COLLIER-TO-CAST ... to+castles

It covers my first 17 years at sea in ships ranging from North Sea colliers to Union-Castle liners. The listing has a sample chapter and full details. It is illustrated with about 30 black & white photographs.

I really prefer "real" books, but they seem to be on the decline these days, so Kindle is just an experiment!

It covers service in the Rhodesia Star, Joya McCance, Frederick T. Everard, Wandsworth, Richmond Castle, Transvaal Castle, SA Vaal, Windsor Castle, Reina del Mar,SA Oranje, Nina Bowater, Pendennis Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Good Hope Castle.

A synopsis and sample chapter is shown on the listing.

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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Gail » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:38 pm

Putting that one down on my wish list.
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:52 am

Thanks,
I believe it has already started to sell, but whether it will be a success or not, who knows?
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:37 am

Bob,

It's good to hear that some of your work is being digitised, will there ever be a chance to purchase some paper versions in the future?
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:28 pm

It is hard to say. Conventional publishers are completely out because they are too slow for me! I completed my St. Helena book in 1999 and it was not actually printed until 2006! :shock:

The next book I produced was "The Voyage Is Done & The Winds Don''t Blow." I paid for 50 copies to be produced to a very high quality, but there was not a great deal of interest in them, although there are now only six copies left.

The sad fact is that very few people are interested in the Merchant Navy these days and even well-established famous maritime authors seem to be having a thin time of it.

I suppose the Kindle version with me is a case of "If you can't beat them, join them!" The opportunity arose when a Kindle publisher approached me only a few weeks ago and the Colliers to Castles e-book is the result. It has already started to sell! I will admit that I do not like Kindles at all and don't even have one. I had one briefly, but it was too small and inconvenient. :(

I produced my other e-books specifically for computers in Acrobat Reader. (They are set out like a normal book with colour pictures etc). They may even be printed! When I read e-books, I put them in my laptop. I then place myself in an armchair with a cushion on my knees and the laptop on top of that. I find that they then become very easy to read, turning the page by hitting the carriage return button. I have a piece of card on the front of the laptop, stuck on with bluetack. When I stop reading, I just note the page number on it. When I return, I can go straight to my place! :D

If Colliers to Castles sells in sufficient numbers, I may use the income from it to produce a real copy of it!

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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Gail » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:55 pm

shipbuilder wrote:The sad fact is that very few people are interested in the Merchant Navy these days and even well-established famous maritime authors seem to be having a thin time of it.

I will admit that I do not like Kindles at all and don't even have one. I had one briefly, but it was too small and inconvenient.


How strange. With the UK's maritime history I would think there would be an immense interest in the story of merchant ships. It appears that here in the US there is a recent surge of interest. I am seeing more books of merchant ships (and more and more WWII ship books) such as the "City of Columbus". I would venture to say quite a few are published by British publishers (e.g. The History Press) but their topics are American ships. Interest in past and present American Merchant Marine is on the mend, in general. The academies are filled up! So much to the point that their housing some of the students on the academies' training ships.

I own a Nook. I enjoy it, but there's nothing like having a hard copy book in one's hands.
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:27 pm

Bob,

Why not put a link in your forum signature to the page, so people can see it every time you post?
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:07 pm

JG
I am always trying to get people interested in the MN, but have very little success. I think I must have been rejected by most of the major maritime publishers in the UK. Sometimes I think they should send me a book of rejection slips to cover my next dozen manuscripts! :lol:

The Colliers to Castles book has had numerous rejections and I abandoned it years ago. But a couple of weeks ago, a Kindle publisher approached me and asked if I would like to submit something. I dredged it up from the depths of the hard drive and it was accepted immediately! :o It all went through very quickly and it appeared on Amazon on Friday night!

Andrew,
I have no idea how to add a link in my signature. I have just looked at the control panel and can see no way! :oops:

I am very computer literate for most things, but still find areas that baffle me!

Bob

PS
Forgot to say that most UK publishers are mainly concerned with warships and navies and battles etc. I specialise in Merchant Ships!
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:09 pm

Bob, I could do it for you, it would be a pleasure!
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:09 pm

Andrew.
Thanks - I have sent you a PM (I think :oops: )
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:20 am

Bob,

I've done it, is that okay?
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:52 am

Andrew,
Yes, that is great. Many thanks, much appreciated.
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:07 am

shipbuilder wrote:Andrew,
Yes, that is great. Many thanks, much appreciated.
Bob


No problem Bob, I hope it works!
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Re: Colliers to Castles - Kindle e-book

Postby shipbuilder » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:28 pm

I have just made up a U-Tube slideshow of Colliers to Castles:
http://youtu.be/3TvDYry5SPg
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