You're wondering why Barnes and Noble would be better than Kobo? Well... I'm familiar with Barnes and Noble. There's one right down on the Plaza. I've never heard of Kobo. Is it specific to Canada?
Yep, Kobo is Canadian. What I mean is once the book is available through the Barnes and Noble (or Sony, or i-whatever) website, is it more beneficial, such as being easier to download, than to get the book from Smashwords. So far, I can't seem to find any information about it.
Ah, I see. I know nothing about downloading ebooks, but I'm not sure why it would be easier to download off of B&N vs Smashswords since you've told your LJ followers where to find it... However, if it were on B&N or Amazon, the book would be searchable to people who follow your books but don't follow your LJ. I don't follow most authors' LJ accounts (yours was a happy but accidental discovery when I'd googled one of your books and discovered additional scenes), and Smashswords would not be the place I would think of to search for a new book.
Did you mention something about paperback possibilities? Despite the fact that I have already read your final story on LJ (and loved it), I hoped to put the final book on my bookshelf with the rest of its friends.
Just FYI, I'm still curious about this other cover that you nearly used...
I've finally updated my website to include the new info about Heroes' Reward, so hopefully it will be easier to trip over.
I don't currently have plans to create a paperback version. Believe me, I'd like a real book, too. I have six neat little paperbacks followed by a binder. Ugh. But from what I've seen, even print-on-demand seems like a painful process, and I don't think I could give them away for free.
I'm glad you liked it. :)
I did put up the original cover a while ago, but it ended up absolutely enormous and impossible for people to see.
Free? For a paperback? Oh, heavens no... I hear it costs quite a bit of money to put things in print. I'd expect to at least pay for the production costs of my copy and some extra, as I would for any paperback.
If you ever discover enough people interested in a paperback that you'd consider it worth the effort to produce a limited-edition set or set up a print-on-demand situation, please know that I'd be happy to provide money for my copy prior to production (I've found it's usually better to use actual money in hand than to expect reimbursement). And shipping from Canada to Missouri shouldn't cost all that much.
Yep, it lets more people find the book.
Shame Smashwords don't distribute through Amazon too - that's where I'd be looking if I hadn't found this.
I wonder if it's worth posting a comment on the reviews for Book 6?