How to Consider Someone Else's World View

Unfortunately, I have a bit of bad news regarding my novel and the Google Play store.  I know more than one reader has been waiting to get my book until it’s in the Play store, and I should point out that I’m a Google fan. I love my Android phone, and I use Gmail, and many other Google products, every day. I am predisposed to like Google, but honestly, getting a book into the Google Play store is a monumental pain. I burned an entire morning of my productive time with Google’s sign-up page open in one tab and four more tabs of their contradictory instructions. At the end of that, I hadn’t even successfully gotten the name of my book into their system.

If Google were the industry leader in e-books, I could see them figuring their system was good enough, but they aren’t. The estimates I’ve seen put them in 4th place, with something like 5% of the market. Every other system I have used has been much, much easier to deal with.

To those who have been waiting for my book in the Play store, I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it happening. The book’s available as a hard copy, on Kindle, NOOK, Kobo, Smashwords (DRM free), and will be in iBooks and Sony as soon as it works through the approval process. 

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has checked out Rick's advice column, and for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

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Reader Comments (28)

Rick could start a religion! Not that anyone would turn up to services, too depressing.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

That's a bummer that the Google Play Store process is so f***** up.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Ollie

Why not offer to pay someone $5 on and get them to put it on Google Play for you? There will be people on there who know how to do it.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave Haslett

First you get squeezed through a sphincter, and then you get eaten? Eww.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

So, reincarnation is like the human centipede?

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter1415dr

As a musician, I recently ran into an Android fan who prompted me to put my album up on Google Play. It was a painful process! For each music track, the upload page took forever to load, would get ~98% complete and then fail with a cryptic error message. Googling through forums didn't help. Eventually I gave up on doing the upload myself, tracked down the appropriate one of Google's support web pages to report errors (I think the one you want might be under "books:contact" starting from here: ) from which I filed a complaint. A google support engineer asked me for a screenshot of the error and some clarifying info; I gave it to him, and about 5 hours later he said they'd fixed something that was broken about my account - they never actually told me what it was. A few days later I tried the upload again and it worked perfectly.

So: if you whine at google they MIGHT make it all mysteriously Just Work for you. At least, that was my experience. Good luck!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Raphael

Panel 1.

...and scene.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

I wouldn't mind belonging to the Church of Rick.

I could skip his services just as easily as I do for my current alleged religion.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Damn. Sorry to hear it didn't work with Google. Is there a way to get the Dead Tree form outside the US? Or are any of the other versions readable on a regular laptop?

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

I have to work with a number of people that could be explaind but the sphincter treatment...

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

There's a Kindle app for Android -- that's how I read much of the book, actually (with "Kindle" on my laptop, and "Kindle" on my Android phone).

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobW

@Paige, I ordered and received the book through I plan to read it on my vacation - which starts tomorrow :-)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLen

"Then, when all of your nutrients are gone, you're ejected, flushed back to the cosmos."

Clearly, if Rick's theory was true, the cosmos would be riddled with corn.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

I'm a Kindle user ( not only the actual device on my PCs at home and at work), so Google Play is not abig seal, it's just one less retailer to flock your wares. I think your covered, unless you start selling PDF s of your book direct from your e-mail account.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

@Daniel "Church of Rick"

I don't think I'd attend, but I would surely buy the t-shirt. :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

What, Google puts out a crappy product that they never bother to test, figure that it's good enough for them and therefore good enough for the world, and are arrogant enough to not even bother to properly support it all the while somehow convincing everyone that it's the bees' knees? I NEVER.

Android is pretty much the only Google product I use anymore, and most of that is because it's open enough that I'm not tied to any one company's decisions for what's best for me. The other Google stuff I use is purely in service of the Android device, and even then I try to limit my exposure.

(I've had bad experiences with Google both as a user and as an interview candidate. So I'm a weeeeeeeee bit biased.)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

I'll add that to my old friend Eric's "Maggots in the Dunghill" theory:
We're the little maggots, and life is a big dunghill. Any time we manage to eat our way up through enough dung to get a breath of air, another load of dung gets dropped on us.
I don't like that one, but it seems to make sense.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

So death is The Big Flush. Ew indeed.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I suggest actually selling 'church of Rick' t-shirts...

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

Just finished "...the Wizard" while on vacation. As a Seattleite, the minute I got to the part about the little donut stand at Pike Place Market, I knew I was hooked. My pointy hat is off to you Scott. Bravo!
Looking forward to any sequels.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Your book is great - Even us Aussie's like it :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntonC

Google does many things well, but they're always a bit more complicated than they should be. Perhaps if they hired some average Joes to work at the Googleplex (think of a reverse IT help desk, where the IT people constantly send help tickets to laymen to figure out why it doesn't work for the average user) they could make everything much smoother.

As far as this comic goes, it seems that Rick is gaining some serious notoriety now. He may end up getting his very own website one of these days.

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFakeScott

@1415dr - You didn't have to go there. Really. You didn't.

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I'm not sure that the mouth has a sphincter, if that's where we are (or were). There's a sort of flap thing to cover or uncover the air tube, whose placement is on lists of God's Greatest Mistakes, way too close to where food and drink comes by. I think the top end of the stomach officiallly ain't a sphincter either, which seems to mean that when mine doesn't work so well (reflux and such), it's just too bad.

Douglas Adams may have invented the proposition that travelling faster than light in hyperspace is like getting drunk, from the point of view of a glass of water. Or it may be inspired by how a black hole star sucks you in, which is, non-isometrically. If that means what I think it does.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie


Sorry to hear about the Google Books hassle, I was waiting for that but have bought the paperback from Amazon UK via your link instead - KERCHING!

May 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStefing

Your continual misuse of "their" as a non gender specific, singular pronoun in the narration has become unbearable. For this exacerbation of the common ignorance that grows daily, I will no longer read your strip. Congratulations you've driven off a fan. (Please note that I do not object to your use of "their" in the character dialogue, only in the narration, which should be grammatically correct.)

We're definitely sorry to see you go, but I'm afraid this bird you cannot change. We try to avoid most big grammar peeves (I cringe every time I see "alright"), but this particular one has 600 years of usage behind it. ~Missy

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelyob

The dialogue in the first panel could have been written by Ambrose Bierce. Nice!

January 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfaraday
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