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Jan. 11, 2014

An article has been added on “Line Breaks on Kindle,” with tips on avoiding awkward line breaking.


Jan. 11, 2014

An article has been added on “Proofing for Kindle,” with tips on previewing and testing your Kindle book.


June 14, 2013

Info has been added on Aaron’s books on Kindle publishing, From Word to Kindle, Pictures on Kindle, and the upcoming HTML Fixes for Kindle. Also, a number of older articles and features have been trimmed off.


Sept. 12, 2012

A new article on this site is “Counting on Amazon”, a report on the Great Amazon Counter Experiment.


Mar. 16, 2012

A new article on this site is “Is Lightning Source Cheating You?”, excerpted and adapted from POD for Profit.


Jan. 18, 2012

The article “Linking to Amazon” has been updated with a new, super-short link format.


Oct. 13, 2011

The blog post “The End of an Era, or Moving to Plan B” has been expanded and converted to an article, “In Pursuit of Plan B.”


Apr. 19, 2011

A new article on this site is “Saving The Sea King’s Daughter,” on how one intrepid children’s author reprinted his own picture book by self publishing with print on demand.


Apr. 14, 2011

The blog post “Better Color from Print on Demand” has been expanded and converted to an article. To better coordinate with it, the article “Living Within Limits” has been slightly revised.


Jan. 7, 2011

A new article on this site is “CreateSpace Connections,” on the Expanded Distribution Channel and its tie-ins to Lightning Source, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor.


Mar. 3, 2010

Info has been added on Aaron’s new book, POD for Profit: More on the NEW Business of Self Publishing, about publishing through Lightning Source. Also, the article “Lightning Source 101” has been reposted in a new version, this time adapted from the new book.


Feb. 8, 2010

The settings have been revised in the article “Living Within Limits,” on the 240% total ink limit now being enforced by Lightning Source for book covers. Also, the downloadable color profile has been tweaked to match. Both now aim at 238% coverage to allow for a rounding error that could send black just over the 240% limit.


Jan. 1, 2010

A new article on this site is “The Stigma of POD,” with thoughts on print on demand, Lightning Source, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. (This is expanded from an earlier blog post.)


Sept. 4, 2009

A new article on this site is “From Word to Kindle,” on formatting Kindle Books with Microsoft Word.


Aug. 7, 2009

A new article on this site is “Living Within Limits,” on the 240% total ink limit now being enforced by Lightning Source for book covers.


Jan. 5, 2009

The whole of Aaron’s Publishing Page has been moved to a new site of its own, www.newselfpublishing.com!


Nov. 9, 2008

The Other Resources page now includes a list of consultants who can help you work with Lightning Source.


May 8, 2008

The article “Book Covers vs. Lightning Source” has been removed following contact with Lightning senior technical staff. The issue is discussed in the updated post “Lightning Source and Book Covers” on Aaron’s Publishing Blog.


Dec. 19, 2007

A new article on this site is “Book Covers vs. Lightning Source,” on what Lightning does to your cover files and what (if anything) you can do about it.


Dec. 12, 2007

Posts about Word 2007 from Aaron’s MS Word/Book Design Blog have been consolidated in a new article, “Books, Publishing, and Word 2007.” The rest of the posts from that blog have been merged back into Aaron’s Publishing Blog.


Dec. 7, 2007

Some articles have been moved to a new section, The Inside Story.


Sept. 25, 2007

A new Aiming at Amazon Hall of Fame lists books self-published with the help of Aaron’s.


Apr. 27, 2007

Aaron’s MS Word Blog has been split off from Aaron’s Publishing Blog. The new blog features updates for Perfect Pages, including info on Word 2007.


Apr. 12, 2007

A new article on this site is “Lightning Source 101,” a primer on Lightning Source Inc. and its role in print on demand and self publishing. This is an adapted excerpt from Aaron’s book Aiming at Amazon.


Feb. 20, 2007

Aaron’s Publishing Blog has been added to handle essential updates to Aiming at Amazon and Perfect Pages.


Jan. 11, 2007

A new article on this site is “Amazon Etiquette,” on minding your manners on Amazon.com.


Jan. 5, 2007

The article “Linking to Amazon” has been updated with info on using the new 13-digit ISBNs in Amazon links.


Nov. 13, 2006

A new article on this site is “Linking to Amazon,” on how to create the shortest, simplest links to your books on Amazon.com. The article is updated and excerpted from Aaron’s book Aiming at Amazon.


Sept. 1, 2006

Info has been added on my new paperback, Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing.


Jan. 24, 2006

Info has been added on my new paperback, Perfect Pages: Book Design, Typography, and Microsoft Word, the successor to Books, Typography, and Microsoft Word.


Feb. 18, 2005

A new article on this site is “Pathways to Book Printing,” on choices for self publishing.


Feb. 13, 2004

Other Publishing Resources has been expanded with resources for using Microsoft Word. See the “typesetting” sub-categories.


Feb. 10, 2004

Other Publishing Resources is a new listing of helpful Web sites, email lists, providers, organizations, and periodicals.


Dec. 14, 2003

Everything is new!