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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2013 03:16 pm
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Kindle Trials

Having moved from a monochrome Kindle to a colour Kindle Fire (because the former's case cracked, twice so in the end upgraded) I decided to try some books with pictures, so naturally went for railways.

Quite a few are self published, which is fine for minority audiences.

So far I have bought a couple on gauges and one on Railways of the Scottish Islands. Generally fine and at the prices charged I do not feel ripped off or anything.

Only quibble is a technology one. One the Kindle at least a picture in the text seems to be set for portrait viewing. Turning the machine to landscape doe not provide a larger image.

Anyone else views on Railway eBooks?

Anyone out there published/hoping to publish there own eBook?

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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2013 11:03 pm
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I'd like to publish via the Internet, however I don't really have the time so that's pretty much a distant dream. Perhaps with the newest railway I'll document the construction through the blog then turn that same material loose on amazon.com.

Considering that ebooks are just in their infancy, the market is small. However I can say that I have been seeing these online copies much more. Model railroader went one step further last spring and made a completely online magazine with apparently plenty of extras you don't usually get with print copies. Trouble is that their e-zine subscription is very high for something that could easily be deleted with one crash of the computer.

The only other publication that I can recommend is on http://www.carendt.com. The link to the ebooks should be on the main page of the website. Carl Arendt's books are spun from various models he and many other modelers did that operated on layouts less than 24 square feet in area. If I wasn't doing 1:20.3, I'd likely go for something like what is seen on that website.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 5th, 2013 06:03 pm
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I subscribe to one on line e magazine. It is this one:

http://railwayherald.com/

They started as a freebie but then started charging. 18GBP a year and approximately fortnightly. Roughly about quarter the price of a printed magazine which for the obvious work involved and the quality of the output I find fair. It is of course UK orientated but with regular overseas news.

I find it provides all the news I need on the current railway scene here in the UK. Naturally it has a fair dollop of the UK heritage scene but balances this well with current technology.

So far I have found nothing else from any source or on any topic  that I would pay for . It is a good example showing what can be done.

By the way I have no connection with them at all.

Works on Windows, Linux and Android even my Kindle Fire.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 5th, 2013 08:52 pm
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There is also Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine, free:
http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/8934
Jose.

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There is another free magazine available:
http://oscaleresource.com/
Looks good. Jose.



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