Self-Publishing and Distribution Guide

The link below is to an in depth article that takes a look at self-publishing and distribution – well worth a look.

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Taking a Look at Blurb

The link below is to an article that takes a look at the self-publishing site Blurb.

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Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks


Amazon announced Thursday that it’s making it possible for authors to create and distribute digital textbooks using its self-publishing tool, Kindle Direct Publishing.

The e-commerce giant expects the new initiative mostly to be used by independent authors, particularly those who have regained the rights to their textbooks, or smaller publishers. The self-published textbooks, Amazon expects, would be purchased and read mostly by higher education students.

“A professor might have an extra packet for their class that they could upload and make digitally available,” says a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Textbook writers will be paid on Amazon’s familiar royalty scheme: for all textbooks priced under $9.99, authors will earn 70% of the royalties. For all textbooks $10 and over, authors receive just 35%. That model helps Amazon encourage authors to price their books under $10. However, it’s unclear whether that model will disadvantage writers of textbooks, which are traditionally much more expensive…

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Amazon launches KDP Kids, a tool to help authors self-publish illustrated books


A whole lot of people think they have a book in them. And even more think they could write a children’s book. Amazon made that a little easier Wednesday with a new tool, KDP Kids, that aids in the creation of illustrated ebooks.

“No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated Kindle book for kids,” Russ Grandinetti, SVP of Kindle, said in a statement. (Of course, you will still need to have the illustrations at hand and in digital format. Amazon’s not doing your artwork for you, at least not yet.)

KDP Kids largely consists of a free software program, Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, that is downloadable to Mac or PC and lets authors “import artwork from popular formats, including jpg, pdf, tiff, and png,” add text to the pages and preview how it will look across Kindle devices (clearly, illustrated books…

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Overdrive and Smashwords

I have a ‘membership’ with Smashwords – why? I don’t know. I never use them anymore and barely ever did. The link below is to an article which really sums up my view of Smashwords as it covers the partnership between Overdrive and Smashwords.

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A Step by Step Guide to Evaluating Your ePub Files

The link below is to an article/tutorial that looks at how you can evaluate an ePub file on a kidnle, iPad and Smartphone.

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