Apple iTunes Print Length problem

Worm in iTunes iBooks

Apple iTunes has a “Print Length” problem. Apple consistently fails to accurately report the number of pages in some ebooks, like my ebooks for children.

For example. my “If I Had A Tattoo” ebook is 17 pages in MSWord, but Apple reports only 3 pages in its “Print Length”; “Bubble Trouble” is 18 pages in MSWord, but Apple reports only 4 pages in its “Print Length”; “Doug’s Big Idea” is 25 pages in MSWord, but Apple reports only 4 pages in its “Print Length”.

The same misinformation applies to all my ebooks for children, and I suspect this “Print Length” problem exists for authors.

Why Apple even uses an oxymoron-like phrase such as “Print Length” to describe an ebook is beyond me.

I encourage all authors to check the “Print Length” number for their works to ensure an accurate representation.

To view a list of my ebooks on the Apple iTunes iBookStore click here, or type my name, Ted Summerfield, in the iTunes search box.

Nestor Nose Falls Asleep picture ebook for children.

Nestor Nose Falls Asleep

“Mommy, does a nose ever sleep?” That simple question leads to a tale told long ago to the mother about a nose named Nestor who fell asleep once, but only once. Nestor Nose dreamed of delightful characters, like an elephant with a twisted trunk that Nestor helped straighten out, but soon there were terrible monsters chasing Nestor and wanting to eat him. Suitable for 2-5 year old, this picture book contains 20 color pictures and the appendix has large black and white pictures for printing and coloring.

Available now in all digital formats at Smashwords, other retailers in 4-8 weeks.

Read a sample of Nestor Nose Falls Asleep, or purchase for $0.99 here. Link opens in new window or tab.

3 of the 20 color pictures in this ebook:

(Title Watermark across images does not appear in any picture in ebook.)

Christmas Tree for Santa & Icky Foods; 2 new ebooks for children.

I’ve published two new ebooks for children. Both contain color pictures as well as large black and white pictures, which can be printed out for children to color, at the end of the ebook.

You may view a free sample of any of my ebooks by visiting Smashwords. (Link opens in new window)

A Christmas Tree For Santa is another of my color picture ebooks for children. This story is about Forest Ranger ‘Ranger Rick’, who decides to take a Christmas tree to Santa because there are no trees at the North Pole. On the way, Ranger Rick runs into a thieving moose, a friendly polar bear, a vacationing penguin, Santa’s helpers, and Santa. This colorful picture book for children 2-7 also has large, black and white pictures in the Appendix for printing & coloring. This story is an adaptation of a puppet show I wrote many years ago.

You may download a free sample of “A Christmas Tree For Santa”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.

Icky Foods Make Me Sick

“Icky Foods Make Me Sick”is a colorful, picture coloring book is about a very young girl named Susie Snorz, who is very fussy about what she eats. Susie, who can’t stand to see her baby brother enjoy anything, gets really mad one day because her baby brother is enjoying something she thought would be icky. She learns new things can be good. Appendix contains large black and white pictures for coloring. Suits 2-5 year old.

You may download a free sample of “Icky Foods Make Me Sick”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.

Thelma and Ziggy, part deux

Thelma and Ziggy has been on Smashwords only a few days now and is doing surprising well. Thanks everybody!

Here are a couple of miniature sample pictures of the black and white pictures included in the appendix area of Thelma and Ziggy. The pictures in Thelma and Ziggy are full page size or nearly full-page size:

Golfing fish, from Thelma and Ziggy by Ted Summerfield

Butterfly from Thelma and Ziggy by Ted Summerfield

I include black and white pictures in all my ebooks for children so the pictures may be printed out and colored. I also included educational links for different animals in Thelma and Ziggy, so readers can discover more about the animals in the story.

You may read a free sample of Thelma and Ziggy, or purchase it for $0.99, here.

Doug’s Big Idea gets animated also.

This is the new cover for Doug’s Big Idea children’s color picture and coloring book.

Cover for Doug's Big Idea

Doug's Big Idea. At Smashwords, click on image to animate.

During winter I plan to learn more about animation and -hopefully – will create more intricate animations for my covers.

“Bubble Trouble” picture ebook fable for children

This isn’t a book about financial bubbles bursting, or housing bubbles busting. This picture ebook fable, for children aged 2 to 5 years old or just young at heart, tells the tale of a young girl named Glorybee Toebiter who loves to brag to everyone about how great she is at blowing bubblegum bubbles.

Nobody likes a show-off, and the kids around Glorybee take great pleasure when her bragging blows up in her face with dire consequences.

On sale now for $0.99 at Amazon/Kindle, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Sony, Diesel, Kobo, and other popular online stores.

Free sample of “Bubble Trouble” here.

Bragging can blow up in your face

New picture ebook for children, “Doug’s Big Idea”

I’ve finished a new ebook for children titled “Doug’s Big Idea”. It is a picture ebook for children 2-5 years old, although older children may enjoy it, about a young beaver named Doug.

The forest where Doug lives is destroyed by fire. But Doug has an idea that helps all the animals in the forest, and the forest itself. The picture story book follows Doug as he sees how thinking of others, and of the environment, can make the world a better place.

I hope to have it available on Smashwords and other outlets some time this week or next week.

Update, September 18, 2010: My picture story ebook “Doug’s Big Idea” is now available on Smashwords for $0.99, at Amazon/Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Diesel, and other popular online book stores.

Doug's Big Idea, by Ted Summerfield