8/10/2013

When I am King: Now Available for Android



When I am King...

I'll make my books available on the Google Play Store.

After a long delay and many weekends wasted fighting with my word processing program (A pox on you, Word!), I've managed to make my latest comedy book, When I am King... II: More Reasons to Put Me in Charge, available for purchase on the Google Play Store.

Better yet, I'm offering it at a steep discount relative to both the hardcopy ($6.95) and Kindle ($3.49) versions. For a limited time only (maybe), the book is available on the Play Store for just $1.99 (or whatever that translates to in your country or on your planet. I think it's worth 3 pigs in some South Pacific island nations).

This means that you can purchase the book for reading on any Android device, or in Chrome, or wherever Google books can be consumed.

For now, only the PDF version is available (that's what "Scanned pages" means on the Google Play page for the book). I'd like to say that this is because I worked so hard on the format of the original book that changing it would be an insult to the original typesetting, and that the book is best enjoyed in its original, intended format. I'll admit, instead, that Microsoft Word is so horrible at saving out HTML (who knew?) that the conversion to ePub has thus far defeated me.

On the plus side, the book actually does look quite good in PDF on large enough devices. That is, if your screen is large enough that you can read it without having to zoom in, it's a good reading experience. This means that it's great on tablets (7", like the Nexus 7, as well as larger models like the 10" Nexus 10), not so great on phones.

I will keep attacking Word and trying to get an ePub version out there. If I succeed, anyone that bought the original PDF version will also get the new ePub version. Wish me luck.

I'll also work on converting the original, classic book When I am King.... All I have to do is track down the original file. And fight with Word some more. I'm thinking of writing my next book with charcoal on parchment paper; I think that will be easier to convert to electronic versions than any book written in Word.
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