21 Aug 2014
One of the strongest requests since we went to a self-publication model for Football Outsiders Almanac was for us to produce a Kindle (.epub) version of the book for download. We've never been able to do it because of the way Kindle handles text. It simply isn't built to deal with tables, and our book has a ton of tables.
Well, the folks from Createspace decided to help us out this year and worked hard to make the Kindle version happen. It took a lot of extra time and we weren't even sure it was going to be possible, which is why we weren't advertising this when the book first came out a month ago. But you can now buy it here.
A couple of notes:
1) The way we handled tables for the Kindle version is that they are essentially in there as images. That means the text in the tables is really, really small. As far as I know, it can't be tweaked larger and smaller like the rest of the Kindle text. That's the trade-off for doing it in this format. Just be aware of that going in. (Update: Apparently, images within digital text can be clicked to get zoom options.)
2) If FOA 2014 seems expensive in Kindle version ($15.99), it's an attempt to balance out against the sales of our PDF version. Frankly, we make a much larger royalty off the PDF and if you don't care about the filetype you are reading on your tablet, we would rather have you buy that one.
3) We've set the Kindle version this year so that anyone who bought the physical book can download the Kindle version free. Unfortunately, it looks like this only works for people who bought their book through Amazon itself, not Createspace. Sorry about that. We don't have a way to automatically set things so that people who bought from Createspace (or who bought a PDF from us) can get a free Kindle version.
Kindle people, if you do grab this, let us know what you think of it. The plan next year will be to get the book done earlier, and everyone will know this option is available although it will likely come about two weeks later than the physical book.
11 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:19pm by v3456d
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