FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I find this book on Amazon or Apple Books?

Kindle wants you to use Amazon to buy all your books. Kindle is owned by Amazon. We think Jeff Bezos has enough of everybody’s money and so we feel strongly about using Gumroad.com for our platform. Gumroad charges less than 10% of the purchase price, which includes all credit card transaction fees (Apple is not so dominant in the eBook space, but selling there would also be much more expensive than Gumroad).

What file type should I download?

The ePub file format is best for people who read on iPad or other Apple devices because it’s the preferred format for the Apple Books app. It’s also supported by Kobo e-reader and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Kindle can also use ePub files, but most find it’s better to use MOBI format on Kindle.

The MOBI file format is the native format for the Kindle line of eBook readers and Apps. This is the best format for viewing A Damn Fine Hand on a Kindle device or App.

The PDF format is widely compatible across devices and apps. But it does not support many accessibility and preferential features like font sizes and layouts, so most people find that one of the other formats work best for them.

How do I get the Mobi file into my Kindle Library?

We have found that the most reliable and simple way is to email the .mobi file, as an email attachment, to your Send-to-Kindle email address. Instructions for this are available at https://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email

Amazon also has help pages to show you all the other different ways to add a .mobi file to your Kindle library, at https://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/

How do I get the ePub file into my Apple Books Library?

An ePub file downloaded in Safari on an iPad or iPhone that has the Books app installed will automatically ask if you want to “Open in Books”. On the Mac, you may also see this prompt, but can also right-click the ePub file and select Open With -> Books. Also, you can use AirDrop to send the ePub file between devices to open in Books.

If you have Books enabled in iCloud, your ePub file and all reading progress and annotations will be sync’d between devices. On iPadOS and iOS, this setting is found in Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> (scroll down to… ) Books. On macOS, it can be found in System Preferences -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> iCloud Drive -> Options -> (scroll down to… ) Books.

Why Gumroad?

We’ve been longtime fans of Gumroad and many creators there. Gumroad says, “Creators deserve to get paid for their Work. Gumroad makes it easy.” The details are important. The Gumroad system is simple and reliable, and flexible enough without being too complicated. Also, Gumroad charges less than 10% of the purchase price, which includes all credit card transaction fees.

What is the author working on next?

Author Joell Dunlap is working with Trafalgar Square Books to write a story of Square Peg Foundation in four parts. It will be a collection of stories gathered from 20 years of running Square Peg Foundation.  

Joell is also working with her friend Peter Finch on a screenplay titled “All Along.” All Along is an autism story about a young man and his efforts to communicate with those he loves. 

What happened to the Facebook page for A Damn Fine Hand?

Funny story – Facebook decided that the word “Damn” violates their rules for language and shut down the page. Scandalous! 

How can I help promote the book?

Putting a review on Goodreads is really helpful https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57672950-a-damn-fine-hand?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=rAiDtaRc4w&rank=1

Sharing www.adamnfinehand.com on your social media is wonderful. 

If you have a favorite podcast and think that having author Joell Dunlap as a guest would be interesting, reach out to joell@squarepegfoundation.org.  

Suggesting A Damn Fine Hand for your bookclub is a wonderful way to promote the book. 

What’s the story behind the cover art?

The cover photo was taken by Joell Dunlap with an iPhone 11. The horse is ULuckyDevil a resident of Square Peg Foundation in Half Moon Bay, CA. What you can’t see from the photo is that ULuckyDevil aka Neil is missing an eye. Neil raced unsuccessfully at Southern California tracks and was retired to Square Peg where he will live out his life as a sanctuary horse.