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Old 10-03-2011, 05:53 AM
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I'm going to sound like a snob but have been browsing epublishers and to be honest I've been seriously put off by the standard of many of their websites, my local swimming pool has a more impressive site than many of these people. While its not a crime to have a crap website I couldnt put something that has taken me a year and a half to write into the hands of an outfit that looks like they used one of those DIY kits.

Surely if you are going to tout yourself as an online publisher you need an online presence that says 'Take me seriously'.

Can anyone reccomend one?

By the way take a squizz at this link, very helpful in terms of what to look for and what to avoid.

http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writ...re/electronic/

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Nothing snobby about it; if you're presenting yourself as a business, why give the impression that you're a sloppy one? People do judge books by their covers, so why have a website that looks like it was built by a chimp in 1997?

The same, I have to say, applies to author websites - I've seen too many where the author has decided that they need a web presence, but having spent months or years writing their book(s) will settle for any old shit to promote it.
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I agree wholeheartedly. A publisher's website should be clean, simple, yet not dull and lifeless. It should be well-maintained and up to date, as well as easy to navigate. I like Simon & Schuster's website, especially; really professional and good-looking. Any of the e-publisher's you are talking about could easily learn something from them when it comes to web design.
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It should also be aimed at readers, not authors.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:27 PM
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Here's an indie epublisher.
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/

Here's another
http://adorobooks.com
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Originally Posted by Lin View Post
Here's an indie epublisher.
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/

Here's another
http://adorobooks.com
In my opinion, Engtangled Publishing has the better website.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:12 AM
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Well, they're bigger with more books.
Other than that, it's about the same thing.

But is that the point?

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:13 AM
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But they both look similar apart from colour. Or, am I missing some subtle web thing?

...will settle for any old shit to promote it.
Now I feel paranoid...





Edit; Oops, should've hit refresh before posting.
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They're both OK. The graphics are cleaner and a bit more professional on the Entangled site. The banner looks more integrated with the rest of the page.

Looks like they're both Wordpress templates, so the design is more or less the same. Wordpress and Jumla etc. are good in that it's easier to have something that looks professional -- but so many sites look the same these days -- it's kind of boring. On the other hand, there is a lot less total crap out there too -- so I guess it's a wash.

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:33 AM
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I've had the same website for four years. Maybe I should change it...

But then, I don't like the idea of having to mess around with moving/changing stuff so I'm probably too lazy to bother.
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