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DesignedToDeceive100Designed to Deceive

by John Hallam Lott

1077, Dover Castle – William 1st, King of England and Duke of Normandy is captivated by the presence of a stranger in the Great Hall. This young man does not know himself why he has been summoned or by whom. Nor could he guess how his incredible talents will be employed in the ensuing weave of murder, deceit and betrayal.

Black ProjectBlack Project

by Steve Mansfield-Devine

In this darkly funny novel, a tabloid journalist and an engineer engaged on classified government black projects come into contact with a strange secret. It both realizes their dreams and confirms their nightmares. It’s a story of paranoia, weird conspiracies, an out of control government and people pushed to the edge of understanding.

Twisting TalesTwisting Tales

by Clare Le May

In Twisting Tales, Clare Le May gives us a collection of gems. Mixing fantasy and the everyday, these short stories are a deceptively light read that is no lightweight experience.

Lady CaineLady Caine

by Steve Mansfield-Devine

A strange cast of misfits is on the hunt for a missing pilot – for what he has or what he knows. Each member of this weird posse poses a threat to the others. But their greatest danger comes from their own egos, paranoia, incompetence and inability to cope. The result is an offbeat thriller about the hilarious fringes of international drug crime.


Winter Beach

by John Hallam Lott

This collection of 26 poems ranges from the emotional, to the metaphysical and to those inspired by images and observation. It is designed to make you laugh, cry and think – but not all at the same time! Contains 15 illustrations.


MakeDoAndCook100Make Do & Cook

by Patricia Mansfield-Devine

Eat well while saving money. By understanding key foods and basic techniques, you can create excellent meals on the tightest budget. With tips on smart shopping, menu planning, essential ingredients and 100 simple and delicious recipes, this is the perfect guide for the cost-conscious cook, whether you’re making meals for one or an entire family.

Art & Photography

WideWorld100Wide World

by Doug Selway

For artist Doug Selway, sketchbooks have always been the rhyme and measure of his self-education. Wide World is a body of work that was six years in the making: leporello sketchbooks, drawings and paintings made between the London River in the UK and The Turnagain Arm near Anchorage in Alaska.




Why print books are bad for authors

I love the feel of a real book in my hand, and for all that I think e-books are a wonderful innovation, and the basis for a genuine revolution in publishing, I can’t resist publishing WebVivant Press titles in print as well. But it’s not really for the benefit of our authors. …

Listening to books

Not everyone wants to read – at least not all the time. Sometimes, it’s better to listen. Audio books are hugely popular – just ask Audible.com (now part of Amazon). And they have some real advantages, even for people like myself who mostly prefer to read. I have a friend, …

E-book improvements favour professional publishers

Creating an e-book is easy. Creating a professional-looking, classy e-book that stands out from the crowd takes skill and effort. And as e-book formats improve and start to offer greater flexibility and complexity, you’re going to need advanced skills to really exploit their potential. Not that long ago, Apple introduced …

The Kindle pricing problem

When you publish on the Kindle, you set your own price. But some customers will end up paying much more. All self-publishing platforms allow you to set your own price, and this is important because control over pricing is key to your whole marketing strategy. Alas, when it comes to …

Publishing workflow: e-books are easier with paragraph styles

Defining appropriate styles in your word processor or DTP software not only makes the production process faster, it helps avoid problems later, whatever technology you’re using to produce the final document (print or e-book). Although our workflow is largely centred around InDesign, what we’re about to discuss is highly relevant …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 3)

In this final instalment, we look at editing the table of contents file, toc.ncx, part of the ePub file package, as well as taking a quick look at CSS. Our examples are based on the files created for our recent free e-book, Make Do & Cook: Savvy Shopping. Editing toc.ncx …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 2)

In this second instalment, we look at editing the content.opf file – part of the ePub file package. Our examples are based on the files created for our recent free e-book, Make Do & Cook: Savvy Shopping. Editing content.opf The content.opf file is the main metadata file describing the publication …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 1)

At WebVivant Press, we use Adobe InDesign CS3 for producing both print books and ePub format e-books. InDesign (ID) is a great piece of software for laying out magazines and books. And for creating e-books it’s … well, broken. When you use the ‘Export to Digital Editions’ option from InDesign …

Zipping Epub files

The ePub file format can be an intimidating beast. But in essence it’s quite simple – a bunch of XHTML pages plus accompanying metadata in XML files all bundled up in an ordinary zip file. That’s good news because it means you can unzip the file, hack away at the …

Tax matters

Most Print On Demand (POD) services are based in the US – even those that boast UK and other overseas operations. Aside from shipping costs, this can have implications for authors who are not US residents. According to US tax laws, publishers must deduct withholding tax on any royalties paid …