Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

Digital2I’m very excited to announce the release of the new updated and expanded 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should.

If you purchased the old 1st edition of Digital, you can grab the 2nd edition for free (instructions below). You won’t actually be able to purchase the new edition from Amazon if you bought the old one, so please follow those instructions to get your free copy.

For everyone else, you can check it out at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords (and all the other Amazons too).

I’ve news below on a sale I’m running on the companion book Let’s Get Visible, and explain below how this launch has been a bit of a disaster, but first here’s the blurb for the new edition of Digital:

Let’s Get Digital covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical, hands-on advice, sharing the very latest best practices on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing.

It gives you proven marketing strategies that won’t eat into your writing time and are actually effective at selling books. It also shares tips on platform building, blogging, and social networking, and explains which approaches are best for selling fiction versus non-fiction, and what writers should really focus on.

This new updated 2nd edition now has more options for those on a tighter budget, teaches you how to get your book into print (and why that helps selling e-books), tells you why you should start a mailing list immediately, and shares the pros and cons of going exclusive with Amazon. And that’s just for starters…

Praise for Let’s Get Digital:

“Let’s Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing.” — JA Konrath, bestselling author of TrappedOrigin, and Whiskey Sour.

“Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips… this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read.” — Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series.

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Let’s Get Digital 2 available for $4.99/£2.99/€2.99 from these retailers: AmazonAmazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords (and all the other Amazons too).

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visibleLARGETo celebrate the launch, I’m running a 99c sale (save $4!) on the companion book Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books. You can also grab that one at Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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You might be curious as to why I’m making the 2nd edition free to all purchasers of the old edition. I spoke about that decision in more detail here, but, in short, I’ve sold around 12,000 copies of the 1st edition, plus had maybe 30,000 free downloads on Amazon.

In other words, that’s 42,000 people who won’t be able to buy the book.

I know that most of the sales of Digital were down to my fellow authors recommending it to others, and the intention was to thank them (you!) for supporting me over the last three years.

However, the launch has been disastrous.

Readers were supposed to be able to download the updated 2nd edition easily via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in their Amazon account, but that’s not how it turned out at all.

It seems that when people do that, they get the OLD edition, but with the NEW cover – which is the worst possible outcome, because they will think they have the new edition and wonder why it’s all so out of date.

I’ve been working with Amazon since Monday morning to get this fixed, but haven’t made any progress yet. I’m really sorry about this, but getting your free book is going to be a little more hassle than I had planned.

UPDATE: It seems Amazon has fixed things at their end so that you can now download the updated 2nd edition via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle). Once there, search for “Digital” in the box on the right. To the left of the book title, click the button. Then click “Deliver” and in the pop-up menu, select your device and click “Deliver” again. The new edition should appear on your device once it synchs. You should be able to tell it’s the 2nd edition by the title/copyright page (which says 2nd edition published September 2014) or by the Table of Contents (in the 2nd edition the first chapter is called “Appetite for Disruption” rather than “Challenges Facing Publishers”).

If that’s not working, you have two options:

  1. Call Amazon Customer Service and they will push the actual 2nd edition out to your device. Here are the numbers (toll free in US & Canada): US: 866-216-1072 Canada: 866-321-8851 UK: (0203) 356 6212 International: +1-206-266-2992.
  1. Email Amazon and request same. Phoning is probably better to avoid (potentially) successive rounds of emails and/or delays, but it’s an option to avoid the expense of a phone call, especially for international peeps, or those without Skype. I’m hearing some people are getting the book quickly by phone, but others are taking up to 10 or even 20 minutes. I’m really sorry about that.

If those options aren’t suitable/don’t work, comment below and I’ll just send you the mobi file and you can sideload it to your device. And if you think it’s crazy that there’s no other solution at this moment other than potentially thousands of people calling Amazon… then I totally agree with you.

I appreciate that the above options aren’t perfect, but it’s the best that I can do until Amazon gets this fixed at their end (and for anyone that thinks I get special treatment, let’s just call this Exhibit A). I will update this post when Amazon actually allows direct downloads from your account, and, again, I’m sorry for the hassle. This was supposed to be easier…

It has screwed up the launch quite a bit, but the worst part is that I’m only going to hit a certain amount of people with my posts here and on Facebook etc. It’s incredibly frustrating to think that lots of readers might go and download what they think is the new edition, only to get the old one (and think I did little or nothing to update it).

By the way, you should be able to tell by looking at the Table of Contents whether you have the second edition. There’s way, way, way more stuff in the update. In short, if the first chapter proper is called “Challenges Facing The Publishing Industry” you have the 1st edition. If it’s called “Appetite for Disruption” you have the new 2nd edition.

If you aren’t too annoyed with me about this screw-up (which I would totally understand), I could really do with your help getting the message out to those readers.

Despite flagging same on the product page, some purchasers of the 1st edition seem to be unaware they can download the update for free (and are actually prevented from buying it), and think there is some problem. f you could share a link to this post in your writer circles, or among those you know who purchased the book, I would be eternally grateful.

To make it easy for you, here’s a tweet you can re-tweet with a simple click (on the retweet button below the attached book cover):

For those that bought Digital 1 elsewhere, here’s how you get your free update: 

For Nook/iBookstore/iTunes users:

You should be able to download the update automatically. Nook owners can do it by archiving the old edition, and re-downloading the new version. The process for the iBookstore/iTunes is similar.

For Kobo users:

You should already have received a free coupon directly from Kobo allowing you to grab Digital 2 for nothing. If you didn’t receive one, check your spam folder. If it’s not there, comment below and I’ll send you the file.

For Smashwords users:

You can easily download updates from Smashwords (winning the tech race on this one!) by going to the book’s page and clicking the button which says “Download full versions of this book” (beside the button to sample).

For paperback purchasers:

If you bought the paperback from Amazon, you can get the e-book version of the 2nd edition free via Amazon’s Matchbook program. (Note: The paperback version of Digital 2 will be out in a couple of weeks.) 

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Again: my sincerest apologies for this monumental screw-up. I know some people are annoyed, and they have every right to be. I can only apologize. And if you are having trouble, please comment below and I’ll just email you the file.

Just give me a little time to respond because I’m getting slammed by email (and I have a visitor from Ireland, meaning I can only send out files in bursts). I’m doing the best I can, and I’ll update this post when Amazon gets it fixed at their end.

*wipes brow*

Anyway, I do hope you enjoy Digital 2, and that it’s worth all the hassle getting it.

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UPDATE: I added this above also, but it seems Amazon has fixed things at their end so that you can now download the updated 2nd edition via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle). Once there, search for “Digital” in the box on the right. To the left of the book title, click the button. Then click “Deliver” and in the pop-up menu, select your device and click “Deliver” again. The new edition should appear on your device once it synchs. You should be able to tell it’s the 2nd edition by the title/copyright page (which says 2nd edition published September 2014) or by the Table of Contents (in the 2nd edition the first chapter is called “Appetite for Disruption” rather than “Challenges Facing Publishers”). And if you have any problems, comment below.

About David Gaughran

David Gaughran is Irish, living in Prague, and the author of Mercenary, A Storm Hits Valparaiso, Let's Get Digital, Let's Get Visible, and this here blog.
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62 Responses to Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

  1. Alex Roddie says:

    Hi David, I’d like the second edition in Mobi format, please. Hugely enjoyed the first. Sorry you’re having such a tough time with the launch!

  2. Would love the second edition to compliment the first…sounds like a bit of headache for you but I’m on your side…cheers Melinda, Queensland, Australia

  3. Carmen Grau says:

    Hi, Dave. Sorry about the launch disaster. I would appreciate it if you sent me Digital 2 in Mobi format. I read your earlier post a few days ago and was going to wait until Amazon resolved the issue, but since you offered… Cheers from the other side of Australia (Dunsborough, WA)

  4. I solved the problem a third way – I just bought a new copy. So there!

    Sorry you’re having so much trouble with this, but it’s a lesson to us all in trying to do second editions of anything!

    • foxolio says:

      It makes you think, definitely! Like…does this mean every time I’ve been updating my eBooks, the people who already bought it aren’t getting updated at all? Or is it mainly affecting 2nd editions?

      • I suspect it’s only second editions, but that is a worrisome thought – that people didn’t get the updated version of the same edition. Yikes!

      • It’s a learning experience for all involved, I think it’s fair to say. I’m not pissed with Amazon at all. The system wasn’t exactly optimized for this kind of thing, but I was trying something a little different so that goes with the territory and they have been great at sorting out the (multiple!) issues that cropped up since last Wednesday (I uploaded early specifically because I expected at least something to go wrong… but not necessarily *everything* LOL).

        I’ll probably do a dedicated post on this, but, in short, readers will NOT see the updates unless you actually go through a Kindle Content Quality Team review (and it passes that review – which seems to require a minimum of 15% new content). Until you pass that review, even if readers try and download an updated version, they will get the old version.

        The messaging around this (both on the author side and on the reader side) is one of the things I’ll be suggesting improvements on. If you have anything to add to the list, let me know.

      • (And thank you Sharon!)

  5. Lorenz Odu'u says:

    Hey…. am looking forwarding to reading it.

  6. foxolio says:

    Could I get a copy in the mobi format please? Thank you! Again – sorry you’re having so much problem with what in theory should have been an easy task!

    (Just to let u know: I had my kindle on automatic update, but that didn’t update the book at all. Usually it does when books update. And re-delivering does what u said still – new cover old contents. Very strange indeed!)

  7. Lee says:

    Hey, it worked! Amazon told me there was an update, I pressed the button, and a new edition loaded. (The interior of the book reflects the new date.) Will wonders never cease?

  8. PJ Sharon says:

    Yikes! Bummer, David. As if this business isn’t tough enough. best of luck with the clean up:-) Just remember, in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a bump in the road…probably more like a pot hole, but nothing life threatening:-) Best of luck with sales!

    • You are right. Stress levels have been remarkably close to zero, undoubtedly helped by everyone being extremely cool about the extra hoops they are having to jump through. That made things A LOT easier on my end and I really appreciate that everyone. Thank you.

  9. D. Frank says:

    Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men… Relax. Stuff happens – and if there’s a way to screw things up, the Internet will find it. I’m happy to wait for Amazon to get its act together btw. Appreciated the first book – delighted to get the second free.

  10. As I am in Australia David, I would appreciate if you could send me the mobi file. My email address is sheba at ekit dot com
    Will get hold of Let’s get visible now. Best wishes. Katie

  11. Reblogged this on Wo3lfMad and commented:
    ‪#‎Writers‬! The new updated edition of David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital is now available at Amazon. I’ve learned a lot from the first edition, and I’m sure a lot of other ‪#‎authors‬ did too, so make sure you get this updated version with all the latest bits of information on how to launch your writing career.

    “Let’s Get Digital covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical, hands-on advice, sharing the very latest best practices on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing.”

    Also: “It gives you proven marketing strategies that won’t eat into your writing time and are actually effective at selling books. It also shares tips on platform building, blogging, and social networking, and explains which approaches are best for selling fiction versus non-fiction, and what writers should really focus on.”

    There are plenty of other reasons, too, why you should get Let’s Get Digital. Go check it out, read what it is all about, read the reviews. It’s a good book to have as your partner as you venture into the publishing unknown.

    I’m certainly updating my old copy.

  12. Tweeted! Best wishes David.

  13. rasanaatreya says:

    Hi David, getting only the First Edition. Would love a copy at rasana@RasanaAtreya.com. Thanks!

  14. Guy Morant says:

    Hi David,

    I had bought Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible, and I was looking forward to with the the new updated edition. I succeeded to get it using the following method :
    – first suppress the book from the device
    – then update the book in my (french) Amazon account
    – then sync my device to get the new edition
    Hope it will help.

  15. Well, I got the second edition through Amazon too! Thanks! The easy way is working for some of us anyway…

    (Not to get off-topic, but do you know if there’s a certain amount of changes you have to make to an ebook before Amazon will offer updates? I recently fixed a formatting glitch and added to the back matter in one of my books, but there’s no update being offered for it.)

  16. Jake D. Parent says:

    Hi David,

    Sorry to hear Amazon is giving you such a hard time. I wanted to let you know that I tried contacting them and the customer rep told me he could not find any updated version. Here is the transcript of our conversation, if it’s helpful:

    You are now connected to Regie from Amazon.com Me:Supposed to get an updated version of an ebook I purchased, but was told by the author that I have to contact customer service in order to do so. Regie:Hello, my name is Regie. I’ll certainly try to help regarding your concern. No worries I’m here to assist you to update your content on the book. Let me go ahead and check this one for you. What is the title of the book? Me: http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-Publishing-ebook/dp/B005DC68NI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1NSVSK5BHZ5WBTFWJZWA Regie:Thanks! I’ve checked the book here on my end and I can see here that there is no latest update to the book. Me:yes there is Regie:I’ve checked the book here on my end and I can’t see any update. There are two reason why there is no update on the book. First the book automatically updated it and the second one is that the author didn’t process the update on the book yet, Me:There is even a note on the page that says there is a new edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/147521… (See full link) Regie:I can see here also. However on the book content I can’t see any update on the book. Me: http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-Publishing-ebook/dp/B005DC68NI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid= ok. so…. Regie:I strongly recommend to contact the author about it and tell him/her that there is no update on our end.

  17. Jake D. Parent says:

    Update to this… It actually now appears that the update happened automatically on my end. I have the 2nd edition on my kindle reader app without having taken any additional action.

    Best of luck David. Sorry you have to go through this headache after putting so much hard work into a great book.

    -Jake

    On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Jake D. Parent wrote:

    > Hi David, > > Sorry to hear Amazon is giving you such a hard time. I wanted to let you > know that I tried contacting them and the customer rep told me he could not > find any updated version. Here is the transcript of our conversation, if > it’s helpful: > > You are now connected to Regie from Amazon.com > Me:Supposed to get an updated version of an ebook I purchased, but was > told by the author that I have to contact customer service in order to do > so. > Regie:Hello, my name is Regie. I’ll certainly try to help regarding your > concern. > No worries I’m here to assist you to update your content on the book. Let > me go ahead and check this one for you. > What is the title of the book? > Me: > http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-Publishing-ebook/dp/B005DC68NI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1NSVSK5BHZ5WBTFWJZWA > Regie:Thanks! > I’ve checked the book here on my end and I can see here that there is no > latest update to the book. > Me:yes there is > Regie:I’ve checked the book here on my end and I can’t see any update. > There are two reason why there is no update on the book. First the book > automatically updated it and the second one is that the author didn’t > process the update on the book yet, > Me:There is even a note on the page that says there is a new edition. > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/147521… > (See full link) > Regie:I can see here also. > However on the book content I can’t see any update on the book. > Me: > http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-Publishing-ebook/dp/B005DC68NI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid= > ok. > so…. > Regie:I strongly recommend to contact the author about it and tell > him/her that there is no update on our end. > > On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM, David Gaughran <

  18. Between some other writer bloggers talking about this very same subject and you. And a fellow artist doing a book of collages, it has me thinking. I am visual artist. Are this little signs I should be doing a book as well? Nice post!

  19. Anna Dobritt says:

    I would like the .mobi format please.🙂 Great book btw

  20. Thomas Scott says:

    David: It looks like Amazon got the message because the update seems to be working just fine now. The process was absolutely seamless for me, as it appears to have been for a few other people who have responded as well. Thank you for your efforts, knowledge, and help along the way.

    Best,

    Thomas
    Author of The State Series
    http://thomasscottbooks.com

  21. I was able to update my edition without any problems. I went into my Amazon account — to Manage Your Content and Devices — and clicked the update button next to the book. The second edition downloaded to my Kindle app without a hitch.

  22. vickietaylor says:

    The update process definitely has not been fixed everywhere or for everyone. When I go into “Manage My Content” it doesn’t show that there is a new version available. I tried going through customer service, and they responded quickly but only the old version was delivered again (with the old cover, by the way). Going through round two with them right now because if it’s their problem I’d really like to make them fix it. Making them jump through hoops may be what it takes to get more priority on the matter. And for what it’s worth, I had the exact same problem with another book earlier this week so I don’t think it’s just you at all. Looking forward to reading it!

  23. tony10000 says:

    I was able to download my update from Manage Your Content and Devices.

  24. Al Boyle says:

    David, I downloaded the second edition without incident using Manage My Content and Devices. Thanks for everything you do! Best of luck with the launch!

  25. susan kaye quinn says:

    Realized I had the Nook version (I didn’t own my kindle when I bought this the first time!)… so just went ahead and bought a new copy on Amazon.🙂

  26. Alexis says:

    I would love the mobi file – alexis@troublesometots.com – thanks!

    Not to add to your logistical woes but I purchased the V1 paperback via Amazon and when I go to Amazon.com (US) V2 does not appear in the matchbook option😦

  27. Stacy Claflin says:

    I emailed Amazon, but then after reading the comments here, I went back to Manage My Devices and found that I had the option to send the new edition to my kindle. It showed up right away!

    Thanks, David! Also, I tweeted your message. Best of luck with the rest of the launch.

  28. A.J. Ramsey says:

    David,

    Just wanted to add my experience matches a few others. I simply updated via Manage My Content and Devices and the 2nd edition appears to have been pushed to my paperwhite. I hadn’t actually read the first version yet since I just bought it a week ago in anticipation of the second edition, but the file now has an introduction to the 2nd edition, so I assume that means I have the right version now.

    Now I’m going to get reading. Thanks.

  29. I need a mobi copy. Looking forward to reading the new version!

  30. I’d like a mobi copy please.

  31. K.M. Weiland says:

    That sucks. Sorry you’re having to deal with that. I loved the first edition. A mobi copy would be great.

  32. I should have caught up with everyone above this comment ^^^ that needs a book file. I’ll respond more individually in a bit… some other stuff to take care of. And then I’ll catch up with anyone new at that point. If you didn’t receive an email with a book file, comment below. — Dave

  33. You have an interesting counter-problem (though it might be with my computer rather than with you, and it’s more of a minor glitch than a problem). The updated second edition from iBooks came through just fine; the inside content is correct. However, while the inside cover of the book is the correct one (it has the red “UPDATED SECOND EDITION” banner across the top), the outside cover (the one that shows up in my iBooks Library on my MacBook laptop) is still the one from the first edition. As I said, though, this is minor. Perhaps your formatter merely needs to re-load a new separate cover image with iTunes Producer.

    By the way, I am one of those who also had no problem with my Amazon update. (Yes, I own both editions. What can I say? I like your stuff.) Best wishes.

  34. I just went to “Manage Content and Devices” on the German Amazon, searched for your book and got the update notice. Had it sent to my Kindle right away, and it shows the updated interior and the updated cover. So it seems all is well now.
    Thank you for being so generous!

  35. I tweeted this, and also I was able to get the latest version via Amazon.com without issue. This is the notice you get when you get the update:

    “Please note: When we send you the updated version, you will no longer be able to view any highlights, bookmarks, and notes made, and your furthest reading location will be lost.”

    Congrats on the new edition, David. Looking forward to reading it.

  36. Robert says:

    Hi Dave, my copy also updated to 2nd edition flawlessly by pushing the indicated update to the Kindle app on the iPad – many thanks. I shared the new edition on my Facebook profile, will do all I can to spread the word!

  37. 1st edition free update worked fine from manage your content and devices on my Amazon account. Click, go and am now reading immediately on my Kindle Fire. Many thanks

  38. Calling from the UK – the 2nd edition (I checked the ToC) downloaded without a hitch. I think Amazon has sorted the glitch. Hurrah!

  39. I’ve updated the post above with the following (and thank you to everyone for letting me know you can now download the update automatically.

    UPDATE: It seems Amazon has fixed things at their end so that you can now download the updated 2nd edition via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle). Once there, search for “Digital” in the box on the right. To the left of the book title, click the button. Then click “Deliver” and in the pop-up menu, select your device and click “Deliver” again. The new edition should appear on your device once it synchs. You should be able to tell it’s the 2nd edition by the title/copyright page (which says 2nd edition published September 2014) or by the Table of Contents (in the 2nd edition the first chapter is called “Appetite for Disruption” rather than “Challenges Facing Publishers”). And if you have any problems, comment below.

  40. Okay, I should have caught up with everyone above this comment (as of 8:48 GMT) who needed a file sent. Anyone else (or anyone I missed), comment below!

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  42. Right, that’s it! I hate you for all the time and effort you’ve put into updating this book, and blame you completely for Amazon’s screw-ups. I’ll never read another word you write, to punish you for going to all this trouble. Serves you right, you hardworking, sacrificing, slacker. :0)

  43. Jason M says:

    Is the second edition not available in paperback? I’d love to get this, but not much into reading on an e-reader. Are paperbacks available for the 2nd edition?

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  45. Mirtika says:

    Yay. Already went and got the update for my Kindle via content managing. Thanks. Second item I updated this week. I wish Amazon would have something on the manage page that alerts you when you go there at once in red or something all that can be updated….instead of waiting for emails that might get buried in my gmail.

  46. Peter Grant says:

    The Amazon auto-update feature worked fine for me. I’m sorry you had so many problems with this one, but thank you very much for making it easier for your readers to get the update with your detailed explanations.

  47. Carla Krae says:

    Is the newest version of Visible the one copyrighted 2013? Just want to make sure I’m up to date on that.

  48. Sever Bronny says:

    Huge congrats, David! Looking forward to reading it🙂

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