February 24, 2009

"Repetition Patterns" now available for iPhones and Kindles

Repetition Patterns, by Ben Tanzer

Given that we're in the middle of a virtual book tour by Ben Tanzer in support of the CCLaP original book Repetition Patterns, it makes me especially happy to announce that the book is now available in a native version for the new Amazon Kindle 2, as well as two different versions for the Apple iPhone. For example, it turns out that longtime popular PalmOS eBook company eReader has recently made a version for iPhones as well; and that lets iPhone owners load up the same PDB version the center has been offering for Palm owners since the book came out last October. And then it also turns out that a market leader is finally starting to emerge from the crowded list of eBook-reader contenders at the iPhone App Store, none other than the continually more and more popular Stanza, because of both ease of use and a plethora of relationships with big publishers; and speaking of easy use, their desktop version makes it insanely simple to open an existing text file and resave it in the Stanza-friendly .epub format, which is exactly what I did earlier today with the original ASCII text version of the manuscript, and which is now also available to downloaders once they make it through the purchasing process.

And then turning to the Kindle 2, I was recently reading up on its specs and realized that it too has made it a lot easier now to upload your own content to your device, away from whatever Amazon wants you to buy officially through their store; in fact, according to the documentation I read, it'll open traditional PDFs easy enough, with the biggest issue actually being the unusual dimensions of the Kindle screen itself (4 by 3, just like pre-HD photos and videos, making it display most American PDFs [which are 8 1/2 by 11] strangely). Ah, but it turns out that CCLaP already offers a special 4 x 3 PDF of Repetition Patterns, one originally designed for the Sony Reader; and so that means after your purchase and download, you should be able to upload that PDF to your Kindle the same way you would with any other non-Amazon content (that is, by either emailing it wirelessly to the device for ten cents, or having Amazon convert it for free and email it back to your home computer, at which point you move it to your Kindle physically through its USB connection...or at least according to their user guide).

And speaking of all this, if you do happen to try out the book on your iPhone, Kindle or Sony Reader, won't you please snap a few photos and send them to [cclapcenter at gmail.com]? Since I own none of these devices myself, so far I've had to rely on the companies' online guides to theoretically assure me that the resulting files are going to work. I'd love to see some images of these files actually in use out there in the literary wild, and I'm sure the many small-press owners and self-publishing authors in CCLaP's audience would love to see such images too. Thanks in advance, my fellow etext nerds!

Oh, and P.S., if you're an existing customer and would like to download these newest versions yourself, simply go back to the webpage you were first told about when you originally purchased the book. Forget to write it down? Just drop me a line and I'd be happy to email you the URL again.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 1:51 PM, February 24, 2009. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Design | Literature |