New Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology ebook

Smashwords Forum Writers is the publishers’ name for a new anthology ebook by Smashwords Forum authors Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, Şerban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.

“Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015” is comprised of eleven contributions ranging from short stories, an essay, chapters from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retelling, to paranormal romance. It is available now for free from Smashwords using Coupon code BU68H

 

Free isn’t always free at Amazon

Amazon is turning me into a prostitute by pimping my free goods. Sheesh.

I publish some of my ebooks on Amazon as well as through Smashwords. I was shocked to discover Amazon was selling my free ebooks in some countries.

Amazon has a “gotcha” when it comes to offering an ebook for free for their Kindle devices. But even though your retail price is free it still shows a price of 99 cents on your KDP author pages. This creates a ‘problem’.

An author can’t offer their work for less than 99 cents on Amazon KDP author pages – where prices for other countries are set – and Amazon takes that “price” and applies it to the other countries in which your work is sold.

BUT, AND IT IS A BIG BUT…

Amazon treats some countries more favorably than others when it comes to Amazon’s sense of free.

My “Cookbook by Ted” has been free since I first published it on Smashwords in 2010. Unfortunately it wasn’t free on Amazon for the first couple of weeks, until the Amazon robot confirmed the book was indeed free at retailers like B&N, Kobo, Apple, etc.

I checked my Cookbook at Amazon US and Amazon sites in other countries. It turns out free isn’t always free. I’d hate to be Kindle users in those non-free countries who have probably been getting ripped off for years by Amazon.

Cookbook by Ted at Amazon dot com is free, as it is in France.

But it isn’t free in Germany or England.

Now I could be completely wrong about how Amazon figures its prices, and maybe the VAT applies somehow somewhere, but I checked “If I Had A Car” – another free ebook I publish.

While one free ebook (my cookbook) is actually free in France, another free ebook of mine (If I Had A Car) isn’t. Huh??? How come free isn’t always free with Amazon?

How come there are different types of free by Amazon? Even in the same country web site by Amazon.

I checked my Amazon sales for my free ebooks and it turns out I’ve actually sold some free ebooks in countries outside the US.

I’d happily allow Amazon to refund those sale to anyone and everyone who can get Amazon to refund the money on these free ebooks. Heck, I made them available for free with no intent to profit. After all, I’ve not received any monies for these free sales so refunding money to purchasers shouldn’t be a major hassle.

I wonder if the Amazon Kindle Select free ebook promotion days cross the pond and make the same ebook available for free in other countries when offered for free in the US?

Jargon word search puzzles for May 2011

Six word search puzzles, in easy, medium and hard levels, using jargon words in this free printable puzzle magazine ebook for May 2011.

Many of the words are computer or Internet jargon, and sometimes computer programming jargon.

You may download this free puzzle magazine from the 2011 puzzle magazines link, or here…. jargon word search may 2011

Kakuro cross sums free puzzle ebook for May 2011

These six kakuro cross sum printable puzzles for May 2011 are all hard level puzzles.

Instructions and solutions included with this free puzzle magazine ebook. Puzzles published under a Creative Commons licence.

You may download these hard level kakuro cross sums puzzles from the Free Puzzle Magazines > More Free Puzzle Magazines 2011 page, or here….. kakuro-cross-sums-may2011

6 crossword puzzles for April

I’ve published six (6) printable crossword puzzles for my free puzzle magazine ebook for April.

You may download this months free puzzle magazine from my 2011 sub-section of the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link at the top of my blog, or you may download it here…. crosswords april 2011

Cookbook on Kindle not yet free

Update: A Cookbook by Ted is now available for free for Kindle devices from Amazon here.

Amazon has a minimum price of $0.99, so when I published “A Cookbook by Ted” for the Kindle ebook reader I had to set the price at $0.99.

It seems that other Amazon Kindle authors had the same price problem, but forums indicate that an Amazon web crawler will eventually notice that the book is available for free and change the pricing. I don’t know long it takes for the Amazon web crawler to update my ebook, but I hope it isn’t too long.

A Cookbook by Ted; cover

Cover for cookbook by Ted

 

Three printable word search puzzles for February 2011; prescription and illegal drugs

Three word search printable puzzles in easy, medium and hard levels of play for February 2011.

Theme for these three puzzles is “Prescription and illegal drugs”.

You may download them from the 2011 free puzzle magazines link here.

Happy puzzling. Ted

Musical word search – easy

An easy level word search puzzle in the shape of a piano and containing song titles of popular songs.

This free puzzle magazine in PDF ebook format may be downloaded by clicking on the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu and then choosing the “2011” link. Or, download it here…… pianowordsearch

Hard word search puzzle in different shapes

4 hard word search puzzles in different shapes, with solutions, in this January 2011 free puzzle magazine.

To download this free puzzle magazine click on this link…. wordsearchjan11

Marriage puzzle word search ebook

This free printable puzzle word search ebook using words related to marriage contains 3 games; easy, medium and hard.

To download this free puzzle magazine ebook click on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the menu, then choose the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link and look for the marriage word search. Or click on this link….Marriage Words-dec2010

Turkey words word search puzzle

Turkey graphic for turkey word search puzzle

What a turkey

This word search puzzle is a hard level game, with words related to or associated with the word “turkey”. Turkey could mean “an unlikeable person”, or an “event that fails badly”. Or there could be words such as “land”, because the country Turkey has land (duh), and the edible fowl “Turkey” walks on land and sometimes flies over land. Oh, and the word “fowl” would be a useful word for this puzzle.

This is a single puzzle, which you may download from the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link found under the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu, or simply by clicking on…. turkeywordsearch-dec2010

Automotive related Question and Answer word search. Hard.

Here is another word search puzzle using automotive related words, this time in a Question and Answer format. Some solvers may find this quite challenging, which is why I made it.

I give you the definition of something and you try to find the answer in the puzzle grid.

This is a single puzzle, which you may download from the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link found under the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu, or simply by clicking on….. automotiveQA-dec2010

Happy puzzling, everyone. Ted.

Weather Terms word search puzzles

This free puzzle magazine for December contains 6 printable puzzles in easy, medium and hard levels.

The words and phrases in the puzzles are weather related terms, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

To download this free puzzle magazine click on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the menu, then choose the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link and look for number 9. Or click on this link…. weatherTerms-dec2010

World’s Toughest Word Search Puzzle?

This word search puzzle is a Question and Answer puzzle, which may prove problematic for some people.

It is also a puzzle where the solution words in grid are phobias and the puzzle word list contains definitions for those phobias.

To solve this word search puzzle, simply find the phobia in the grid that matches the definition.

This may or may not be the world’s toughest word search puzzle, but it will keep you busy for a little bit of time.

You may download this free puzzle magazine for December by clicking on “Free puzzle magazines”, then “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link. This puzzle is #8 in the list.

Or, you may simply download it here…  worlds toughest word search dec 2010

 

Fungus word search printable puzzle magazine for december

This free puzzle magazine for December is a printable puzzle containing 12 word search games using various “fungus” as the words. Easy, medium and hard levels of play.

You may download this free puzzle magazine for December by clicking on “Free puzzle magazines”, then “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link. This puzzle is #7 in the list.

Or, you may simply download it here… fungus-dec2010

Automobile related word search free puzzle magazine

My latest free printable puzzle magazine contains 10 word search puzzles, all related to the automobile engine or servicing. Most of these puzzles contain phrases instead of a single word for the puzzle word.

If you’re tired of regular puzzles, try this one.

To download this puzzle you can click on the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” dropdown link in my “Free Puzzle Magazines” menu link, or just click here….autowords-nov2010

Joint Words printable word search puzzle

This is a medium hard word search printable puzzle ebook containing words sometimes meaning marijuana, pot, cannabis, or reefer. Hint: only one of the words “marijuana, pot, cannabis, reefer” is used in puzzle.

You may download this free puzzle from the second “Free Puzzle Magazine” dropdown link here, or from this link: joint words-nov2010

Brain game challenge

If you enjoy regular word puzzles then you may enjoy this Icelandic Word Search puzzle magazine.

My latest free puzzle magazine ebook for November 2010 is an Icelandic Word Search printable puzzle magazine, containing 18 word search puzzles comprised of 6 easy, 6 medium level, and 6 hard puzzles.

Download this free puzzle magazine containing 18 printable puzzles, by clicking on “Free Puzzle Magazines” link in the main menu and then clicking on the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link. Or by clicking on the following link: icelandic-word-search-nov2010

Enjoy solving puzzles? Try these Arabic language word search puzzles.

3 Arabic language word search printable puzzles in this free puzzle magazine. One easy, one medium level, and one hard level puzzle.

Download this free puzzle magazine either from the “More Free Puzzle Magazines” link under the “Free Puzzle Magazines” header link, or by clicking on the link I provided here… arabic ws-oct2010

Surgical Instruments printable word search puzzles

I’ve added a “Surgical Instruments” word search puzzle to my Free Puzzle Magazine section.

This printable word search puzzle may be found in the “second” section of the free puzzle magazine. Move your mouse over the “Free Puzzle Magazines” link at the top of the page, hold the mouse there for a second or two until my section page link titled “More Free Puzzle Magazines” appears, then Click on that link to view more free puzzles.

Or, if you want this free puzzle ebook now, click on the following PDF link…. surgical instruments-oct2010