TitlePager uses Bowker’s API to power some of the data that flows into the sites we make. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Bowker is the official supplier seller of ISBN’s, the Publisher of Books-In-Print, and other key bibliographic data. They power libraries, bookstores, and Amazon. They have information on every book in print and also every forthcoming book with an ISBN. In other words, they are the source you want to use when using book related data. So we naturally turned to them to power parts of TitlePager’s service. When you enter your ISBN we use their API to pull down your cover, your summary, and other bibliographic data that you or your publisher submitted. And they keep this data up to date. So we were really pleased that the chose to partner with us and also really pleased that they issued a press release about it too. Read their press release here.
Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about Five Books To Make You Less Stupid About The Civil War in The Atlantic. We noticed that the list didn’t have any links to buy or read more about the books so in less than 5 minutes total we made them and gave them all custom sub-domains. You can read more about the books here and buy them from any online store or your local if you like
Is this your first book?
The Billows book is not the first book I have written, but it’s the first one to be published commercially. In the late 1990s I authored a centennial history book of Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie (116 pages). That book was distributed only to club members and to some golf organizations, although it is now being sold as a used book by Abe Books and on Ebay (it has an ISBN). I have writing experience dating back to a high school newspaper and I started my post-college days as a technical writer. I have also had a few magazine articles published.
We wanted to make it easy for authors to include excerpts on their sites as a way for readers to sample books. Authors can upload a .pdf and it appears in an in-line reader that enables visitors to read on desktop, tablet, and mobile. Authors can use this for a sample chapter, a recipe, illustrations, graphic novel spreads, or something extra like a reader’s guide. It’s great to see TitlePager users like Clotilde Zehnder taking advantage of this feature for her book Arthur and Kip.
To add an excerpt to a TitlePager site you simply go to the admin and upload a .pdf. in the same area you would link a YouTube or Vimeo movie.
Lulu was kind enough to include TitlePager in a great Facebook Live Video about website builders for authors. Then they called us “the perfect website builder for indie authors.” As you make your site on TitlePager you can add an optional buy button, so all you need is your link to the Lulu store.