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Category Archives for "Ebooks"

PublishDrive announces ebook, print, and audiobook distribution

Self-Publishing Industry News, Carla King, Self-Pub Boot Camp

PublishDrive is an ebook distribution company that competes with other services like Smashwords, Draft2Digital, StreetLib, and IngramSpark. They’re differentiating themselves with deep reach into the Chinese English-speaking market via their partnership with Dangdang (the Amazon of China), ebook marketing options, and an Amazon Advertising tool you can access within your PublishDrive account. Carla King and Kinga […]

Walmart eBooks takes on Amazon Kindle: What does it mean for authors?

Introducing Walmart Ebooks

Walmart and Rakuten Kobo have joined forces to create Walmart eBooks by Rakuten Kobo, a brand that aims to give Amazon Kindle and Audible competition in the ebook and audiobook markets.What does Walmart eBooks mean for ebook authors?If you’re a self-publisher who sells your ebook in the Kobo store, either directly using Kobo Writing Life or an ebook aggregator that […]

Self-Publish Your Ebook with Tools by the Online Retailers

Book distribution options for self-publishers Carla King

Use tools by the ebook retailers to publish before distributing widelyPublishing your ebook to a single retailer as a test prevents author overwhelm and also avoids what I call “the embarrassment of premature distribution” because any mistakes you make – typos, keywords, design adjustments – can be corrected and re-uploaded quickly and easily. So before […]

Distribution: How your book gets to your readers

Self-Publishing Boot Camp Amazon IngramSpark Smashwords Draft2Digital Carla King

With all the distribution services available to you, it can be difficult to choose a path. This post aims to clarify those terms and the tools and services I most recommend to independent authors. Ebook distributorAn ebook distribution service distributes your ebook to a wide range of online retailers. Aggregators collect a percentage of sales (about […]

How to get your self-published book into libraries

Self-Published Books in Libraries Carla King

It used to be very difficult for self-publishers to get their books into libraries. But today, the library system is increasingly accepting of self-published titles. Here’s how you can get your book onto the bookshelves and into their ebook catalogs.   Be Big on Smashwords Way back in 2014 Smashwords founder Mark Coker made a deal with OverDrive to distribute […]

3 Most Common Book Formats for Self-Publishers

The first thing to know when entering the book world is the differences among your formatting options. There are three main formats used to create and design your book, each offering a different set of pros and cons. There are other options, but they have fallen to the wayside in a progressive, competitive digital publishing […]

How to Create Standard, Text-Heavy E-books

If you’re on track to creating a text-heavy e-book, you’ll need to know the basic programs, options, and helpful tools available to you. Basic styles and formats The two major formats for simple, text-heavy e-books are EPUB and Amazon’s MOBI (for Kindle). In your book-creation tool of choice, (Microsoft Word, InDesign, PressBooks…) make sure to […]

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