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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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Jun 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: required-reading, ya, sci-fi, dystopian, 2012

I'm really dissatisfied that the eVersion I got, was pictured with a delightful cover. the version after being purchased is just a crappy white page with the title plus authors name. this does not look pretty on the screen of my reader. disappointed Kobo. disappointed.

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message 1: by JBradford (new)

JBradford Here's one side of the issue. A lot of would-be authors get talked into self-publishing. They contract with a "firm" (which often consists of one entrepeneurial person, of course)which says it is going to guarantee the format is acceptable (often without changing a thing) and will provide a pretty cover, which they whip up using clipart in Microsoft Publisher, etc., and then "distribute" it by making it available on the Internet The cost is about $2,000, which IMHO is way overpiced. You got a double ride, because they did not even give you the cover. But cover, title, format ... it's the content that matters, isn't it? I recently read an E-book that was written by a father typing at the kitchen table while his two sons did their evening homework on the other side of the table. He readily admitted that he never "finalized" the novel (which was readily apparent, as it contained typos, mispolaced homonymns, etc.), but the point is that it was a fairly interesting story. Of course, I got it for no cost, so I had no complaints, anyway.

Elise P of course it is the content that matters! but cover art makes it so much more satisfying, what can I say I am superficial!

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