FAQ how to
Reading an eBook on BookRix is easy. Once you find a book you’re interested in reading, just click the book cover or book title and this will take you to the Book Info page. From here, you can either click on the book cover once more or click Read Book (this option is available on free books) or Reading Sample (this option applies to books for sale). Clicking either of these options will take you to our book viewer where you can begin reading.
Tip: If an author has placed their book for sale, they will offer a free reading sample. This is approximately 10% of the book. It is intended to get the reader interested in reading more.
Tip: If you have not finished reading a book and want to return to it, you can add the title to your favorites and it will appear on your profile page. The book will automatically be bookmarked for you.
When you’re reading a book within the book viewer, you will see two icons at the top of each page. The one on the left, shaped like a house, will take you directly to the BookRix homepage. The icon on the right, shaped like a list, will open the table of contents so you can easily move from one chapter to another. If you’re reading a sample of a book for sale, you will also see a Buy This Book button that will give you a list of online shops you can purchase the book in.
Of course you can. Just make sure that your book is ready for publication. Make sure it’s free of typos, has a high quality cover, a detailed blurb, etc. and then set a reasonable selling price and you’re all set.
Make sure you read through our formatting style guide HERE before putting your book for sale
Our free self-publishing services offers writers the opportunity to sell their eBooks in all major online retailers. The 'How to Format your eBook' guide provided here offers simple instructions to create and format an eBook using Microsoft Word. We also provide information on how eBook formatting is different from print formatting.
Almost all of the online retailers we distribute to (Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, etc) have standars in place for the ebooks they accept. To ensure your work is accepted into their shop, we recommend that you review our free guidebook to make sure you have everything you need.
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Click HERE to read through our epub style guide.
You can download free eBooks to your computer. When the download is complete, you will need to convert it to a file format that works on your Kindle. To download your eBook, go to the book page and click the Download/eReader button. From here, follow the prompts to download the book to your computer as an ePub file. When the download is complete, click here http://techsupport.foreverwarm.com/how-to-read-epub-books-on-your-kindle to obtain instructions to convert the ePub file to a Kindle-friendly format.
If your iPhone or iPod touch cannot be updated to IOS 4, you’ll want to install Lexcycle Stansa to read eBooks on your device. Lexcycle Stanza is a freeware program for reading eBooks and is available in two forms: Stanza iPhone/iPod and Stanza Desktop. Stanza iPhone/iPod allows users to manage their library of books on these devices. Click here to download Stanza iPhone/iPod for free:
You can enjoy reading eBooks from your Android device. Here are links that can help you get started:
For general eReaders, you’ll want to install Adobe Digital Edition to your computer. Please ensure that you assign yourself with a user ID (you will need this) and follow the instructions to download a free book. Connect your eReader device to your computer and launch Adobe Digital Edition. Your eReader icon will appear on the lower left panel. Drag the downloaded file to Adobe Digital Edition and then drag the image of your ebook to the eReader icon. When complete, close Adobe and eject/disconnect your eReader
Manage your eBooks
Calibre is a free and open source eBook computer software that organizes, saves, and manages eBooks, supporting a variety of formats. It also supports eBook syncing with a variety of popular eBook readers and will, within DRM restrictions, convert eBooks between differing formats.
Ok, so you’ve made all the necessary edits and spell checks. You’ve uploaded a high quality cover, and you’ve completed all the items within our Rejection Prevention section. Now you're ready to sell your eBook!
Once you have filled out all the required information in the Book Content, Book Info and Book Cover sections, please select All Shops* and then click Sell Book. Choose your sale price, check the box that you have read our Author Agreement, and then click Sell Book.You can also change which currency your book is sold in.
If any information is missing within the required fields, you will receive an alert indicating which sections require your attention. A pink line surrounding the Edit Book Content, Edit Book Info and/or Edit Cover buttons will direct you to the appropriate area.
*Remember - If you have already sold your eBook on Amazon, we will need the ASIN number associated with your ebook on their site in order to proceed.
Important: Your personal information within My Account Details must be complete in order for BookRix to successfully send your royalty payment.
Tip: If you are having any difficulty with your book formatting, please read through our ePub Style Guide
Tip: For tips on how to market your eBook, please visit our Marketing Guide.
Edit Book Content will take you to the BookRix editor where you can either upload a file or add text directly.
How to upload a file
BookRix makes it easy for you to upload your work to our site. If you already have a file in your computer, you can use the File Upload button which inserts the text into in our BookRix Editor. Currently we support the following formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, txt, .rtf, .epub. To make things even simpler, if you use the Heading feature in Microsoft Word, the heading text will automatically be converted into chapter titles. You can also include images in the file you are uploading.
Once you’ve uploaded your file, you can use our BookRix editor to make updates, modify your text or add new chapters to your book. Please see the section below for more information regarding our BookRix editor.
Important: If you choose to edit an existing book and decide to upload an additional file, it will replace all the previously stored book content.
Tip: To help you create a perfect ePub file and prevent getting your eBook rejected from sale, please carefully read through our ePub Style Guide
How to Use Our BookRix Editor
The best thing about our BookRix Editor is that it’s so simple to use. If you want to create your book from scratch, click the Type in Content button to begin using the BookRix Editor. This is the same page you would see after selecting file upload.
In this section, you can Add New Chapter, Delete chapters (select the trash can icon) and even change the order of your chapters. This can be done by dragging the arrow button near the Chapter numbers up or down.
Once text has been added to the chapter field, you can make other changes using the tool bar. Options from left to right: Alter text with Bold, Italic, and Underline; Change text alignment from left (default), center or right; Undo or redo an action; Add an image or link; Show/hide block elements (this displays each time of text inside a block). If you aren’t sure what a tool is used for, simply hover your mouse over the icon and a description will appear.
Tip: Always save your changes.
It’s not you, it’s your Browser Cache.
BookRix receives many questions regarding images on BookRix that may be changed in some places but not all places. For example, if you change your profile picture, you may see the change in postings but still see the old picture on your profile page. This is because your browser cache holds onto images for faster loading and when a change is made, this could take some time for the system to catch up with the change.
So the best way to fix this problem is to clear your web browser cache. To do this, go to Google and type in "How to clear browser cache using (enter your web browser here)". Follow the instructions provided, close your browser, reopen your BookRix account and see if your changes have taken effect. They should be there now!
Here's more information about browser caches:
What is "browser cache"?
Your browser (Netscape, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.—whatever application you use to surf the web) has a folder in which certain items that have been downloaded are stored for future access. Graphic images (such as buttons, banners, icons, advertising, graphs, and color bars), photographs, and even entire web pages are examples of cache items. When going to a page on a website, your computer will check its cache folder first to see if it already has those images and, if so, it won't take the time to download them again. This makes for a faster loading of the page. Cache folders can get quite large, however, and can occupy 40-to-50-to-100 megabytes or more of hard drive space, storing graphics for sites you may never visit again, so it may be wise for those with storage concerns to empty the cache periodically. That will also enable the browser to access updated web pages without the older cache item interfering.
Rejection Prevention - BookRix, as well as external shops, have quality control over the books placed for sale. Books that don't pass quality inspection will be rejected. When this occurs, they are not sent for distribution to our external shops and they cannot be purchased.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent your eBook from being rejected:
Put some effort into your eBook cover. A great cover can sell twice as many eBooks than one with a poor cover. It’s the first thing your reader sees and it’s often the first thing you book is judged on.
Be sure the images used on your cover (as well as images used inside your eBook) belong to you and are not protected by copyright. If you are unsure, we strongly recommend creating your own cover art or soliciting someone to create a cover for you.
Using a high quality image is essential for your book cover. Avoid images that are too small as these images can appear pixilated when enlarged for your book cover. Also avoid using images that contain text as it can conflict with the title of your book and look unprofessional.
Hate messages and/or symbols, sexually explicit images or images containing illegal activity are not permitted.
If you are looking for graphic programs, ideas, tips or even someone to create a cover for you, check out our Art Writers group on BookRix: http://www.bookrix.com/_group-en-teaser-room
For more helpful information about covers, please click here: http://www.bookrix.com/_title-en-bookrix-publishing-tips-tricks-part-3-the-power-of-the-cover
Grammar & Spelling
Good writing involves proper grammar and accurate spelling.
We recommend that you have various readers review your work prior to publishing it. These “test readers” should check specifically for grammar and spelling. Your book will be rejected if it’s poorly written, appears confusing or has too many spelling and grammatical errors.
If you need assistance editing your eBook, please join our “Editing 101” group here: http://www.bookrix.com/_group-en-teaser-room and our members can help you further.
If you feel as though you need some additional assistance, we encourage you to check out our Publishing Tips and Tricks series. Part 7 focuses specifically on spelling, grammar and typos. You can read it for free here: http://www.bookrix.com/_title-en-bookrix-publishing-tips-tricks-part-7-typos-type-nos
Blurb / Book Description
First impressions matter.
When a potential reader views your book, the first thing they read after the title is your book description. Don’t overlook this step. You want to entice your reader by being creative and using descriptive words. Focus on what you want to say, choose your sentences carefully, and make it count.
Books with generic or weak blurbs can be rejected. Put some thought this space. You have a minimum of 140 characters and a maximum of 3000. If you need some inspiration or ideas, look up some of your favorite books and read the synopsis.
Copyrighted Text / Images
If the image is not owned by you, or you have not received permission from the owner to use the image, don’t use it.
Books containing copyrighted material (text and/or images) will be rejected. If you do not own the rights to it, you are not authorized to upload it. Any copyright violation made by a BookRix member is their own responsibility and legal action can be taken by the copyright holder against you.
Author Name, Pen names and Anonymity
To prevent your book from being rejected in external shops like Kobo, iTunes and Amazon, a first and last name are required. A pen name can be chosen, however it must be a first and last name and cannot contain titles such as PhD, Mr., etc.
Table of Contents & Page Numbers
These are automatic. Manual input is not necessary.
A table of contents is automatically generated for your book (with a minimum of cover, body of your text and the imprint), when the chapter feature is used, and you will not need to create an additional table of contents. If you enabled the Chapter function and entered a table of contents manually in your text area, please remove the manual table of contents as this can cause your eBook to be rejected.
Page numbers are automatically inserted into ePub files and eReaders. Please remove manually inserted page numbers in your text, as having them can cause your eBook to be rejected.
External Links/ Shop Names
Avoid a conflict of interest.
Your eBook will be rejected from external shops if you post links to books and/or products within your book. In addition, you are not permitted to mention names of online shops. Books containing names to online shops, such as iTunes or Barnes & Noble, will also be rejected.
Authors are free to insert links to their author page, sources for education and finance, help sites, businesses, etc., However “Direct-to-buy” links are not permitted.
Word, Line, & Page Breaks / Formatting
Presentation is everything.
Words on a page attract a reader but the way they are laid out on a page is equally important. The formatting of your eBook is essential to it being well received.
Most external shops have formatting standards that they require all authors to abide by. Stores like iTunes will reject books that have more than 2 line breaks and/or page breaks. This extra spaceing can cause blank pages in an eReader. Colored or bold fonts can also cause a book to be rejected.
Most eReaders are designed to break words for you. When a word at the end of a line doesn’t fit properly, don’t worry. Continue typing and the BookRix editor will break a word when necessary. This also applies to hitting the “Enter” key on your keyboard and manually breaking a word. Doing this will distort your text and can cause your eBook to be rejected.
Keep it classic and clean and don't use the "Enter" key in excess as this will minimize your chances of getting rejected from the external shops.
Hatred is not permitted.
Books containing hate messages directed to any race, ethnicity, gender, political party, religion, etc., will be rejected unless depicted in the plot of the story.
Illegal activity is not permitted.
Books containing illegal activity such as pedophilia, how-to’s for crimes, etc., will be rejected unless depicted in the plot of the story.
Determine the appropriate price for your eBook.
A good thing to consider when pricing your book is the number of pages it contains. For example, if you penned a short story and intend to sell it for a high dollar amount, a potential buyer could be turned off by the price. If your book is priced too high, you may receive a message from us encouraging you to adjust it.
For helpful tips about pricing your book, please click here: http://www.bookrix.com/_title-en-bookrix-publishing-tips-tricks-part-10-pricing-your-book
Click below for more Publishing Tips and Tricks:
Link Cleverly, Earn More Money
The Power of the Cover
The First Words Matter
Choose a Good Title
Get a Good Review
Typos? Type No’s!
The Book Blog
Become Active on BookRix
Pricing Your Book
Every once in a while, there will be a small contest or writing challenge held in a group. It will either be hosted by BookRix, or by a user. Everyone is welcome to participate, just make sure you pay close attention to the contest guidelines.
Entering a Group Contest
If you are not already a member of the group where the contest or writing challenge is being held, you will first need to join the group. You can do so by going to the group’s page and clicking the Join Group button on the right. Then, scroll down to the submissions thread and enter your submission within the appropriate timeframe and be sure to adhere to the guidelines of the contest.
How to win a Group Contest
There are two ways to judge a contest: (1) A panel of judges, or (2) A Voting thread.
Sometimes group Admins or another type of panel will vote on the submissions instead of the community – creating a panel of judges. In this case, the announcement of the winner(s) will be posted within that group and around the site. Otherwise, a voting thread will be opened once the submissions period is over, if that is how the group contest is being run. You can vote within that voting thread during the time period specified in the guidelines. These types of challenges/contests are fun because they are intended for short writing submissions and don’t last as long as a major contest.
Creating Your Own User Contest in a Group
Feel free to do whatever you would like with your user contest. Anyone can host a user contest, and you don’t need to contact BookRix. If you’re an Admin or Moderator in a group, you can hold the contest there, or you can host the contest on your own profile. You can create your own contest/challenge idea, create your own guidelines, fix your own start and end dates, and provide your own prizes. You can even decide how the winner will be chosen (voting/panel of judges/yourself). Post the information about your user contest in the I Love BookRix Writing Contests group and BookRix will help by promoting your user contest in the sidebar.
Generally, this is how you should run your contest: First, the contest or writing challenge is announced and guidelines are set forth. Then, the entry/submission thread is posted. Make sure you mark the thread as Important (using the settings tool icon) so that it’s easy to find. Submissions can be entered into the thread by adding a comment with a link to your submission or by posting your entry directly in the comments (depending on the contest guidelines).