iMemories Gets The Thumbs Up

August 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Recently I fleshed out my YouTube channel with three very old videos of rock bands that I played bass for, one from 2003, one from 1993, and one from nearly 25 years ago, in 1988. One day I went to watch the 2003 video of Ironhorse Exchange and to my horror my VHS player jammed on me, and I thought my only video remnants of that stage in my musical career were gone forever.

Thankfully that is not the case! iMemories came to the rescue. Their premise is simple: send them your old videos, slides, photos, etc. etc, and they’ll convert them to a digital format for you. Once they do that, the digital output is available for download, but if you would like, they will also print DVDs of your digital treasures as well.

There are definitely some cost points: the prepaid box they send you to ship your videos to them costs about $25, and the conversion of each of the 4 DVDs cost about $10 each and took about a week. But once done, I was able to download the digital output to my PC at no additional charge, since I am capable of printing DVDs myself. For the uninitiated DVDs can be designed and printed for a nominal fee per DVD.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that after two weeks I had full digital copies of my videos. The only thing I’m waiting on now is for them to return the originals to me, which they do…free of charge.

Categories: Informational

My poetry book now a published eBook

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

So I’ve gone ahead and published my book as an eBook via Smashwords and Amazon Kindle for the low low price of $1.99. Hopefully that means all of you who couldn’t afford or didn’t want to wait on the print version can now find it via your eReaders.  I also took a stab at designing the cover for it and I think that came out pretty good too, encompassing all of the main themes of the book.  If you do get a chance to read it please let me know what you think!

Categories: Informational, Writing

Republishing my poetry book as a true eBook

August 19, 2012 1 comment

So I am thinking about republishing my book of poetry as a true eBook instead of a print version that doubles as a downloadable PDF. Several friends of mine use Smashwords to do their eBook publishing as it posts the book to various publishers including Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBook store. I suppose the question I need to answer is whether it is worth it or not to take the time to reformat the book to Smashwords’ style specifications in the hopes of attracting actual sales.

One would think that a more affordable, usable, eBook readable format of the book would sell better, but one never knows.

In any event I’ll keep everyone posted if/when it gets published. In the meantime, if any of you graphic design types out there would like to do a quick side project and design my eBook cover image, feel free to let me know, I would even be willing to pay a small fee for your time!

Categories: Informational, Writing