Publishing Apps on Google Play Versus Apple App Store

A Rage Comics Infographic

This is why, when you’re crossing the great platform divide and producing both iOS and Android versions of your app, you should trial run on Google Play first. Then, when all the kinks are worked out, you can submit it to the time-consuming Apple process. We find that if you need to make revisions to the app after publishing, the time involved in the Apple process adds up.

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The Ebook Cover: How to Meet Requirements–Size, Format, Legal

As part of her series on ebook production, Anne has invited me to prepare some distilled guidelines for ebook covers. This is part one of a mini-series on the cover. In this segment, I tackle best practices in regard to the major marketplaces. Part two will be about graphic design.

Ebook Cover Requirements

Ebook cover example

You might not believe it, but you should be able to satisfy all major ebook marketplace requirements for cover size if you follow two simple rules:

  1. The small dimension (width) of your cover should be at least 1400 pixels, which sounds like overkill given that your book cover will almost always be displayed either as a thumbnail or at about 400-800 pixels when viewing the ebook on a reading device, but I guess we need to prepare for that one in a million ebook aficionado who insists ebooks are best read on a plasma television screen. (Okay, I exaggerate, but this does make the cover wider than the screen of my 13′ MacBook Pro.)
  2. Your cover must be taller than it is wide, like most physical books. Most stores will recommend that your specific ratio is close to 6:9, but will not enforce exactitude. Others such as Barnes & Noble prefer a tall aspect, but do not require it.

You should consult the literature for the marketplaces you plan to partner with, but if you make it bigger than 1400 wide, you should be set for most (I won’t claim all) stores, including these biggies: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Also I highly recommend picking a value somewhat above 1400 pixels but probably less than 2000. In resolution, bigger is better, but you aren’t going to be putting this on a billboard or a movie screen…Or are you? Continue Reading →

iTunes Producer ERROR ITMS-9000 calibre_bookmarks.txt

For our first test of direct Word docx to ebook conversion via Calibre and of publishing in the iBooks marketplace, we have been working with a tiny little novella called Runaway.

Everything about the process went pretty smoothly until we tried to upload the book for sale via Apple’s iTunes Producer.  The book popped into review and then out again with a validation error:

iTunes Producer error itms-9000

This was particularly odd to us because Apple’s validator is said to be based on a public validation tool that had already ok’d the same file: Continue Reading →