Posted by: anitanolan | October 20, 2010

E-Book Information

At the “Getting Published” class I teach each spring and fall, I’ve been noticing a trend. I’ve been getting more questions about self-publishing and e-publishing. I try to keep on top of these topics.

Here’s an interesting article that appeared in the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The longtime barriers to book publishing are rapidly disappearing. Anyone is able to publish an e-book at the world’s largest bookstore, Amazon, and make money off of it, without ever dealing with printing costs or a pesky editor. If you’ve got a novel to publish — or a long essay, or a bunch of disjointed quotations, or anything else really — there’s no reason not to publish it.

Theoretically, all if this is true. The reality? It’s not so simple — although it’s getting easier all the time.

As you might expect, there’s a difference between signing on to Amazon, setting your book’s price at $9.99, hitting an “upload book” button, and actually having an e-book that’s got a clean, professional look.

That’s not because it’s a hassle to submit your book to Amazon or other sellers of e-books, but because the formatting of e-books still requires a certain amount of technical savvy. Put it this way: It’s easier to set up an amazing-looking blog than it is to format an okay-looking Kindle book.

Here’s a link to the rest: Before You Try to Publish, Know the ABCs of e-books

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