Tome Builder Progress Report: April 2017

April 12th, 2017

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Right now I’m working on improving Tome Builder’s code architecture. I was working on adding support for print PDF books by creating a table of contents and improving the look of published books. But I was having trouble because the code was a mess. So I’m taking a step back, improving my architecture and cleaning up my code. I hope taking this step back will pay off in the future.

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Commonly Misused Words: Brake and Break

March 20th, 2017

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Brake means to stop or to slow down.

Press the brake pedal to stop the car.

Break has multiple meanings. In most cases if you mean something besides stopping or slowing down, you want the word BREAK.

Break a leg.

Break the vase.

Take a break when you feel tired.
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Commonly Misused Words: Than and Then

March 14th, 2017

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Use the word THAN when making comparisons.

She wrote more than 20 books.

It's better to be safe than sorry.

Use the word THEN to refer to the next step in a sequence.

I ate breakfast then brushed my teeth.

He flew to Chicago then drove to Milwaukee.
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Tome Builder 0.2.5

March 8th, 2017

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Tome Builder version 0.2.5 is now available. You can download it at the Tome Builder website. PDF outlines now include all section headings.

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Places to Publish: Paddle

March 6th, 2017

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Paddle is a platform for selling digital goods. It’s similar to FastSpring, which I covered in an earlier article. While Paddle is geared towards people selling software, you can use Paddle to sell ebooks from your website.

Pricing

Paddle takes 5% of the sale price plus 50 cents. If you sell an ebook for $10 on Paddle, you receive $9.

Strengths

You get to keep more money from each sale than you keep with Amazon or Apple. In my $10 ebook example, you get 90% of the book price. That’s 20% more than Amazon and Apple give you.

Weaknesses

Paddle doesn’t print books. Use Paddle to sell your ebook and a print on demand publisher like CreateSpace to sell a print version of your book.

Summary

If you want to sell ebooks on your website, using Paddle is a good way to get more money from those sales.

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