Category Archives: Kindle

How to open an ePub or Mobi file on your iPad using Dropbox

One of the best ways to proof the ePub and mobi files we send you is to view them on the device most people will likely be using when they purchase your eBook.  The iPad is probably the most popular eReader on the planet (next to Kindle).

Here’s a little trick on how you can open an ePub file in iBooks or a mobi file with the Kindle Reader (on your iPad):

  • Step 1: Create a Dropbox account (don’t worry, it’s free).
  • Step 2: Install the iBooks and Kindle apps onto your iPad (if they aren’t on it already).
  • Step 3: Install the Dropbox app on your iPad (it’s free too).
  • Step 4: Transfer the ePub/Mobi files to your dropbox folder (I’ve likely shared a dropbox folder with your files in it if you asked me to).
  • Step 5: Open your dropbox app on the ipad and click on the epub or mobi file – then open it with the appropriate app (you do so by clicking in the upper right hand corner of the iPad screen).
Here’s a short video tutorial to walk you through the process:

One important caveat if we revise your file and want view the newer version:

IF I send revised epub & mobi files, you must first delete the old file off your iPad BEFORE loading a new file from dropbox.  Otherwise, there’s a good chance both iBooks and the Kindle reader will keep reverting to the original file. So here’s how you delete the old files: select ‘Edit’ on the iPad iBooks app (in the iBooks Library view), click on your thumbnail cover, and the hit ‘Delete.’  You delete a book from your Kindle library in a similar way.

How that helped! Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

How your Kindle edition can get you more reviews on Amazon

Do you have as many Amazon reviews for your book as you’d like?  As a publisher of over 50 books on Amazon, I can share first hand that there is indeed a direct correlation between the number of reviews a title has and that title’s book sales.  The more reviews an author has (good or bad), the more he/she will sell. How many reviews?  I recommend getting as many as you can, but a good, realistic goal is 1-2 per month.

So how do you go about getting yourself more reviews?  By issuing a call to action!  Thankfully, Amazon does this automatically on its Kindle books with a pop up screen at the end of the Kindle book asking the reader to leave a review (& providing a live link to make it easy for them to do so). Of course that assumes they get to the end of your book.

So I recommend you provide your readers an added incentive to post an honest review earlier in the book.  Perhaps halfway through. Tell them that you would be grateful for their authentic feedback (whether it’s good bad) and that you are willing to provide something in return.  I say honest because I’m not going to just give someone a 5-star review because they asked me to. Why? If your reviews are only good reviews,  they won’t carry as much weight when readers see your other reviews.

This is yet another good reason why it’s important to have your book available on Kindle.  If your print & kindle editions are properly linked, any reviews left on your Kindle edition will also show up on the listing for your print edition.

Still struggling with getting your book up on Kindle, Nook, or iBooks? Hire us and we’ll take care of the ebook layout and conversion for you – usually with 10 days, and we guarantee you will be pleased with the result (often our clients like the eBooks we create even better than their print edition). I’m proud to share that most of our business today comes via referrals, so you can move forward with confidence because we will do whatever it takes to make you glad you hired us (& thus refer future clients to us).

Gmail on your Kindle

Don’t have a data plan on your cell phone?

Want to know a cool work-around of how you can check your email on your Kindle? It works whether you have a wifi or 3G connection.  Check your gmail!

This is from the perspective of using the 3rd Gen (graphite/grey screen) Kindle device (with the built in keyboard).

Just go to the ‘Menu’ from the home screen and choose ‘Experimental.’ You can launch the web browser from there.  Next, go to gmail’s page for mobile devices:

I even used it during a recent trip to Mexico – the international 3G network worked like a charm!

Any website that supports mobile devices is probably going to work well for the Kindle browser.  Often, if a mobile version of a website exists, it’ll appear as http://m.<website>.com – for example: is one I use a lot.  So even if you are not a gmail user, you still might be able to utilize the ‘experimental’ browser on your Kindle to check your email.

You probably won’t be composing too many emails on your Kindle, but at least you have an option to find out if something important is sitting unread in your inbox.

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All the major marketplaces now offer affiliate programs for authors, publishers, and anyone else who refers a sale (allowing you a way to provide your readers an incentive).  Click on the links below to sign up today and earn more profit from your ebooks!

Did you know that Kindle Expert also has an affiliate program?  You can earn $25 for any client you refer who hires us to help them with their ebook conversion.  To sign up and learn more visit our affiliate page.

Amazon is on the verge of breaking 1 million titles on Kindle!

Screenshot taken on 7/18/11

You probably don’t watch these #’s as closely as I do, but I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that Amazon is about to break 1 million titles (ebooks) in the Kindle store.  Are you one the early adopters who’ve managed to get your own book on the Kindle platform? If so, I bet like a lot of us, you are selling more Kindle books than you are in print.  Over 1000 new titles are uploaded everyday to Amazon, therefore, I predict that Amazon will break the 1 million ebooks threshold before the end of this month.

To help celebrate this milestone, we are offering $30 off on our mobi & epub conversion services until there are 1 million titles available for sale at Amazon.  You’ll also receive a comp pass to our next Amazon optimization webinar ($47 value) when you hire us to do your conversion. Mention this deal when you contact us and we’ll knock our fee down by $30, which will make your rate only $299 in most cases (that includes both mobi & epub versions).

There’s never been a better time to jump on board as I’m certain a lot more attention will be on the Kindle once they break a million ebooks, and when they do, be sure your book is available!  We’re here to help, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

PS: We now offer ebook cover services, as I’ve vetted some extremely talented graphic designers who are eagerly awaiting more work.  Check out some of the recent work at:

PPS: I also offer a great option for you Do-It-Yourselfer’s – There’s now a template in Microsoft Word or Open Office that allows you to do your own ebook conversions using tools you are already familiar with.  The file can be uploaded directly to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and I show how a small tweak allows you to create an epub version that you can also upload to Apple, and every other marketplace accepting ePubs.  Using our template will cut your time in HALF as it’s been optimized through the process of over 100 conversions (& literally hundreds of hours of trial & error). It comes with the same level of support from us that many of you have already come to know and love.

Need help finding better keywords to sell more ebooks?

If you have worked with me, you already know how important keywords are when setting up your book on any of the marketplaces.  Keywords determine how often your book shows up in each marketplace, so it’s vital that you take time and choose wisely!  This is one of the major reasons I advise my clients to avoid using 3rd party aggregators.

Amazon allows you to use up to 512 characters for your keywords,  so be sure to make full use of all the space they provide to fill your listing with relevant keywords.  Barnes & Noble only allows you to use up to 100 characters for your keywords, so be extra careful with that limited space they provide.

Here’s where you list your keywords in the back-end of your Kindle book listing:

There are two great tools I recommend you become familiar with as you get seek out relevant keywords; Google Insights & Netspeak.  There’s tons of great resources around the web on how to use Google Insights & Google will show you how when you visit their site. on the other hand has little documentation to go off, so I created this video walk-through to show you how I use NetSpeak to come up with keyword ideas for the titles I setup:

Let me know if you need my help in optimizing your marketplace (Amazon,BN,Apple,etc.) listing for you, I do charge a very small fee, but I’m confident that the resulting increased book sales will provide a quick return on investment (ROI).  Alternatively, you can attend our next webinar and learn to do it yourself.

Fixing a common issue – What to do when your physical book & ebook are not associated with each other on Amazon

What do you do when the digital version of your book isn’t being associated with the physical version of your book? And why is this a big deal?

If you have any reviews and/or tags on your print edition, when the two are linked, the same reviews and tags will be reflected on both listings.

Because someone who finds your physical book on Amazon may pass on it because they don’t see a ‘read it on your kindle now’ option!

Because the default search at Amazon and BN is still for physical books… and print books still get the greatest visibility for keywords entered from the default search bar.

So how to fix the problem?

One important caveat: Be sure the titles on both editions (physical & ebook) are an exact match (title & description) – Amazon won’t link the two unless the titles are an exact match. If they aren’t a match, than first edit your title in your Kindle bookshelf (it will take 24 hours for the new title to take effect). Once you are certain both titles match, here’s the process you will need to follow to get the problem fixed:

  1. Check to see if your print edition reveals that your book is also available on Kindle (in the example below, it is not).
  2. Make a note of your ISBN # (print edition).
  3. Make a note of your ASIN # (kindle edition).
  4. Notify Amazon of the correction through the contact us tab (available after you log in to your KDP account.

You will need to provide Amazon KDP support with both the ASIN # of your Kindle book & the ISBN # of your printed book. The ASIN is your unique identification number that Amazon uses to catalog your title.
Here’s a graphical step-by-step:

Step 1: Confirm if the print & kindle editions are already linked (In this example, they are not)

Step 2: Make a note of your ISBN # for your print edition

Step 3: Locate & Write down your ASIN # for your Kindle edition

Step 4: Go to the Contact Us page from your KDP account

Step 5: Provide the Title, ISBN # & ASIN to Amazon so they can correct the problem

Hope that helps you get the issue resolved if you are one of the many authors dealing with this issue. If you haven’t yet hired us to help you with your ebook conversion (to Kindle, Nook, Ipad, Sony Reader, Google Books, etc..) feel free to contact us to find out more. We also now provide MS Word and Open Office templates (optimized for the marketplaces) if you prefer to do the conversion yourself.

Putting your book & ebook sales on Autopilot (Part 1 of a two part webinar)

I am very grateful for the opportunity to address the National Speakers Association last week, and I’ll be giving Part 2 next month that will dive deeper into the marketing side of what we do at 50 Interviews.  Hope you enjoy it and I welcome your feedback. FYI, it’s about an hour long. You can hear the audio and the slides advance automatically when you hit the ‘play’ button:

Putting your book & ebook sales on Autopilot

Our next AuthorSwap begins May 3rd and I hope you can join us (you’ll be glad you did)!

How to send a mobi or doc file directly to your Kindle

Many of you who’ve hired us to convert your title to a Kindle-ready format will benefit from knowing how to send the .mobi file we provide directly to your own Kindle.

Option 1:

The quickest, easiest way is to simply install Amazon’s Send To Kindle application for PC or Mac.

Option 2:

This was the process we all used before the Send To Kindle app existed:

  1. You will actually attach the mobi or doc file and email it to the email address associated with your Kindle device. In order to find out what your unique email address is, log into your Amazon account at:
  2. Next, add your own email address (ie. as an ‘approved sender’ to your Kindle device (you only have to do this one time for each email address you plan to use).
  3. Email yourself the .mobi or .doc file you want on your Kindle to: [yourid] (free) or [yourid] (small fee).  You don’t need to put anything in the subject or body – just attached the file.
  4. Wait 2-5 minutes and sync your Kindle (hit the Menu button from your home screen) over WIFI (if using or over 3G (if you sent it to
  5. If you need more help or want to know how to transfer the file using the USB cable that came with your Kindle, there’s more help on how to do so at:

Enjoy your Kindle and read more!

Brian Schwartz,

How to upload a new/revised version of your book to Amazon KDP

I know many of you will want to upload a new version of your book to Amazon Kindle on occasion after you’ve made some improvements, done some additional editing, or simply added new content.

Doing so is fairly simple. Below are three screen shots that provide a step-by-step walk through on how to upload a revision to an existing title via the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) platform.

STEP 1: Login to your KDP account

STEP 2: Upload your new file

STEP 3: Set pricing, save & publish!

Hope that helps! If you do need our help fixing a file you’ve already created, we’d be happy to assist further. Simply submit the file you’ve been struggling with and we’ll get back to you with a price of what’ll take to fix it (in most cases, we’ve been able to provide fixes to the file for the most nagging issues for under a hundred bucks). provides fast, high quality digital conversions for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and more to authors & publishers.  To date, we’ve helped more than a hundred authors publish their books to the digital marketplaces for a low one-time fee… allowing the author to retain 100% of their royalties.