Amazon Allowing 3rd Party Sales of Books

It has come to my attention through a news feed that Amazon has allowed 3rd party sellers to sell books published on Amazon’s site. Some of these sellers are counterfeiters. Other sellers take book orders and then purchase the books through Amazon or Ingram Sparks and then have then shipped to their customers, taking the profit.

I have argued with Amazon to stop this practice, but to no avail. Thus, I need to warn my customers of this practice. I did not authorize the sale of my books from those 3rd party vendors. However, I cannot stop Amazon from using their site for this practice to proliferate.

The news feed showed counterfeit books being sold by some of the third party vendors. The quality is not as good because they have poor printers.

If you use Amazon to purchase books, be sure to order only from Amazon, not the other sellers listed. There is no guarantee that the book you get will be authentic otherwise. And if it is counterfeit, then it is an illegal copy.

I will also stress that if you purchase an eBook digital version of one of my books that you do so directly on my website at rjseney.com. That will assure you that you will receive a current copy and it has nothing else added to the file that could compromise the integrity of the file or your device.

RJ Seney Books Available In Paperback Internationally

ZyLor Books has made all RJ Seney books available to print via Ingram in the following countries:

·       United Kingdom

·       Canada

·       European Union

·       Australia (GST Exclusive)

·       Brazil Printer Network

·       Germany Printer Network

·       Russia Printer Network

·       South Korea Printer Network

·       Poland Printer Network

·       China Printer Network

·       India Printer Network

·       Italy Printer Network

All RJ Seney books can be ordered directly through Ingram at all U.S. bookstores. Libraries can also order copies from Ingram as well.

Printed copies and an eBook version can still be ordered from Amazon.com.

The RJ Seney website will continue to offer a broad selection of eBook formats for purchase and download.

I want to welcome my newest international visitors this week from the Republic of Korea, Ireland, China, Brazil, and Uganda. With the increased coverage of printing services, it should be easier to purchase my books in these countries.

Losing Humanity series breaks world record!

Little did I know that I would be writing the largest novel written in the English language. But that is exactly what I have done. One other novel came close, if their “estimate” is accurate; however, based on a comparison of pages, it isn’t even close.

I have said all along that the Losing Humanity series was “epic”. Now there are statistics to prove it. The series has 944,044 words and 2,182 pages! Those are solid numbers. Also keep in mind, if looking at the page counts, that the calculated number of pages are from the paperback versions that are formatted for a 6x9 inch book. The eBooks on Amazon list the number of pages to be more. The statistics for other novels for comparison were retrieved from Wikipedia.

As I have said before, this book is epic in every way. The storyline is superb, the characters develop before your eyes, and it weaves together real life, science fiction, romance, music, history, and tragedy. You will be immersed into a world unto itself. However, it is more than a story. It is a real reflection of humanity, and at times, a vision into our future.

The Losing Humanity series is unlike any other novel written. It isn’t a “quick fix” novel that you will soon forget. You will earn your way through this story. There are no shortcuts. And while you are on your journey, you will learn many things along the way. This story gives you as much as it demands from you. The one certainty is that when you finish the series, you will think differently. You will begin to see things you never notice before, but were always there. And you will ALWAYS remember the world of adventure that has been created for you in this story.

Epic? Well… that might be an understatement.

Audio problem with YouTube and mobile devices (tablets, eReaders, and smartphones)

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and your new year is off to a great start.

Work has already begun for me and I have delved into the bowels of mobile tablet technology to research some lingering issues with audio on mobile devices. As much as technology has progressed, there are still many sticky wickets.

The Yeath trilogy uses audio to play music in the books from several internet sources. One of those sources is YouTube. I have discovered that YouTube has a policy that it does not want videos to play in the background on mobile devices. As soon as you touch your icon to get to the home desktop or the icon to see your running apps, it pauses the video. This is extremely frustrating when one needs to read the book while listening to the audio part of the video.

There is no fix and no solution on the horizon. There were three apps that played YouTube files that had this problem solved, but YouTube caught up to them and forced them to adhere to the same insanity. In my opinion, it was done to kill the three developers. One app is no longer available on Google Play.

Because of this restriction imposed by YouTube, I will continue to search for audio from other websites and no longer use YouTube as a source. Unfortunately, some of the music in the Yeath trilogy is not available in a place other than YouTube. You still have the option of purchasing the music from Amazon or iTunes if you need background audio while reading. Fortunately, there are only a few YouTube links in the books where this will be a problem. If you find another free source to play a piece of music used in one of my books, I would very much appreciate you notifying me about it. I can easily apply updates to the books on my website and will send you an updated version with the new link(s). With that said, I only use links to sites that adhere to music licenses and pay fees to the artists. I also do not use sites that require a person to subscribe to them with a username and password. Ease of use to paramount to the readers.

On another note, I have tried a few free eBook readers for Android 5 tablets and phones. I am finding a mixed bag. So far Moon+ Reader is the best, however, it forces you to see an ad for ten seconds when you close the book. I believe you can upgrade to the pro version for a small charge and it may eliminate the ads. Check into that first before taking my word for it. I have also tried the Aldiko reader app. Do not waste your time with that one. It cannot format correctly and cannot play the audio pronunciations in the appendix. It also only supports two eBook formats. There are many other reader apps one can use on their device. If you find that your default one does not do the job for you, look around for another app.

Happy reading!