A long and painful process

By on February 15th, 2014
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David David Katzman reading in Brooklyn

A Greater Monster is now available in ebook format. PDF, EPUB, or MOBI (for Kindle and Nook) versions can be purchased directly from me here and the Kindle version is also available direct from Amazon here The EPUB is in the iBookstore here.

Due to the unusual graphic design in my book, it does not lend itself well to the reflowable text found in ebooks. For that reason, the PDF is actually the only one that exactly matches the print edition. I had to make some compromises in the other versions. It was a long and painful process to get them done, having fired two different ebook developers. It took me two and a half years, but I stuck with it. My third vendor finally delivered. If you are an author looking for a reasonably priced professional service, check out Aptara at aptaracorp.com. They were politely agreeable to my demanding perfectionism.

Oh, and here’s a silly interview I did a while back. It’s a game of “Would You Rather” on The Next Best Book Club blog.

I think I’d rather eat my own hand than go through that ebook design process again.

2 Comments on “A long and painful process”

  1. 1 Annabel Smith said at 5:57 am on July 20th, 2014:

    I can’t believe I just stumbled across this post. I am in the painful process of creating a non-standard ebook myself and I agree with you that it is a total and utter nightmare. There doesn’t seem to be much of a path to follow in this area of publishing so I feel like I’m just hacking through the undergrowth – with a penknife! I’ll definitely check out your book to see how it looks.

  2. 2 David David Katzman said at 6:04 am on July 20th, 2014:

    Feel free to message me if you want to discuss any issues. I found my vendor APTARA ending up doing a great job.