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This blog is for an old man who is getting on in his years (he shall not be named but some of you know who he may be).
Uploading books must be the easiest thing to do right?
Unlike movies and music which actually has to be converted from one form to another; and apps that need to be cracked; with books, well what do you have to do with books? Some would think you get a book, upload it to Kat and then throw a pretty picture on it and Boom.. done.
Wait a minute.. not so fast there with your misguided thoughts.
Sometimes it can be that easy, but most of the time there is alot of work involved.
First we have to find the book. You think we actually buy all these books we upload? If we could do that, I'd be laying on a beach in the Mediterranean with a beach boy bringing me drinks and feeding me grapes.
We have to search through a lot of places to find the free books or a complete series that we want to upload. They don't just fall on our laps.
Some people upload a variety of books from different genres but I prefer to stay within a certain genre unless I get a request for something different. That can be a bit trickier.
Once I find books that I want to upload, I have to add it to calibre, look through it to make sure it's complete and in almost retail shape. Most of the time, they aren't. The next part is what takes the longest.
Cleaning up a book: It involves opening the metadata on calibre and changing the book layout. Taking out extra spaces and correcting any large spelling errors or punctuation issues. That can be very time consuming depending on how bad the book is. Sometimes it's just a case of adding a cover to the book.
Another part is the dreaded DRM. That is where they put a 'lock' on a book so it can't be converted or used in any other way except on a certain reading application that the publishers approve. When this happens, we have to strip the DRM from the book so we can then change the format before it can be uploaded.
Once the book is prepared, readable and ready to go, then it gets uploaded. The rest is fairly simple, just a case of making the title, adding it to the seedbox if you use one of those and then uploading to Kat. Of course we want the book to look 'pretty and presentable' so we like to add a picture of the cover and a summary of the book. Some uploaders also like to add publication dates and the technical details of the book. We also have to find the ISBN number to create the metadata for the book on the site.
After all that is done, off to start again with the next book.
Hope this helps everyone understand the work that goes behind that book that took you 5 seconds to download.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some grapes to feed myself while reading a book.
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