Many of you have missed the e book versions of our magazines and let's admit our attempts to resolve the matter have been less than speedy. I don't have good news for you yet but we have made some progress and now your feedback is welcome.
Andy established TTA's presence on the Smashwords e book-publishing site and I have uploaded some material. Aside from the obsolete story I used to teach myself how to prepare, format and upload files onto the site, there's also the TTA Press Template, a protomagazine I used to check my expertise. This seemed successful so up went Interzone 230 and, later, a version without interior illustrations: Interzone 230 w/o graphics.
That first file is free and the two versions of IZ 230 are set up to allow a free sample download of 90% of the magazines. The IZ 230s aren't fully free as that may cause legal complications with F'wise. Anyone can download 90% of eIZ 230 for free. Ignore the Template.
At first Smashwords seemed slow on the upload, and re-upload (I had to correct errors before re uploading) as each attempt took a few days. After that they were available, from Smashwords only, for around two weeks while their systems converted the files to suit other ebook sites such as iTunes. Once converted it took a further 2 to 4 weeks before they began to appear on the other sites. As yet they don't appear on Amazon but Kindle versions are available from Smashwords. Initial uploading is faster now as queues have diminished.
Andy will have to set up a separate account at Amazon for our magazines to appear on the 'official' Kindle site.
If you don't have an e reader but would like to have a look you can download a Kindle and/or an Epub emulator from these links. Adobe Digital Editions
Kindle for PC (Mobi)
There are other emulator links on the Smashwords FAQ.
I've asked a few people to look at our efforts and had some feedback but we would like more before uploading further issues. One comment from George Berger was that he couldn't download from iTunes as the screen flashed up copyright restrictions. George lives in Sweden, which might explain that. He can get the files direct from Smashwords though.
We'd be interested to know if others find similar problems.
One IZ 230 file has colour images the other no graphics. Does that matter or is there a preference for no images to reduce file size or phone bills? Obviously the images will not show colour on Kindles, yet, but they should on iPads or iPhones. Alternately we can always put the art for each issue on the TTA website.
The Epub emulator shows page numbers (which aren't in the files afaik) in odd places but does that continue on devices like the iPod or Nook?
The Interzone 230 w/o Graphics ebook lacks its own ISBN and is on fewer sites than its illustrated twin.
TTA on Smashwords here
TTA on Barnes and Noble here
IZ 230 on itunes
Keyword searches on the iTunes site did not find 'Interzone' and 'TTA Press'.
or search for 'TTA Press' on the site.
The initial test file also ended up on iTunes
but don't expect a classic.
Thanks to multiple Interzone contributor Keith Brooke of Infinity+
for his advice with setting this up.
Sorry this is so long.