Living in Italy, obtaining books in English has always been an expensive and/or slow process. I decided to get myself a Kindle last fall to see what the experience is like, and, in short, I fell in love with it – I never lack for things to read any more!
In any event, while looking around at various things for the Kindle, I bumped into the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing program, and started wondering about publishing a few things of my own. I don’t consider myself a very good writer, but having lived in Italy on and off over the years, think I have a few interesting things to recount, regarding my experiences and observations here.
Investigating the technical requirements for Kindle publishing revealed that the process is not very simple and straightforward. There are a lot of tips and tricks necessary to get the formatting just right – stuff you see missing even in professionally done Kindle versions of books.
Being a programmer, I started thinking to myself that I could build a simple system to make things easier, and to take some of the drudgery out of the whole process. I mean, if I find it a bit of a pain in the neck to go poking around in various XML and HTML files, what are things like for someone who simply has a story to tell, and doesn’t know their XPATH from their anchor tags?
Working nights and weekends, I’ve gradually been improving what I named LiberWriter over the past months, and I’m proud to say that it’s already attracting satisfied customers!