Self-publishing has increased in popularity by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Perhaps it’s because self publishing is an affordable alternative for aspiring publishers who cannot make headways with mainstream publishers. However, there are a couple of things which you need to keep in mind before settling for a particular self-publishing option. For example:
– What is the most affordable and convenient way to publish electronic books?
– What method will you use to distribute your e-books?
– How much revenue will you raise from the sale of the e-books?
The answers to these questions will enable you to make an informed decision in respect to the type of electronic publishing method to use when thinking of self-publishing. Listed below, are some of the most commonly sought-after electronic books publishing options:
Kindle books publishing is a platform used by Amazon for publishing electronic books. Therefore, if you think that you can realize tens of thousands of dollars in profit from your book, you need to consider using Kindle Direct Publishing rather than a middleman who will eat into your profits.
By making use of this method, you will be able to effortlessly design a cover for your e-book in addition to formatting the book. Besides, KDP is compatible with word processing applications like Microsoft Word.
In a bid to make sure that aspiring self-publishers use Kindle Book Publishing as their preferred platform, Amazon is currently providing incentives. Then again, before opting for Kindle Direct Publishing, you need to weigh the pros and cons of other self publishing options accessible in the market.
Barnes & Noble
Whereas Barnes & Noble provides the same features as Kindle Direct Publishing, it is important to point out that there are some differences between the self-publishing platforms. For instance, if retail price the e-book is set at $2.99 and above, then the author will be entitled to 65% of the profits. The least that your e-Book can retail for with Barnes and Noble is $0.99 and the most that your electronic book can retail for is $199.99.
BookBaby is a subsidy of CD Baby and uses a business model that is slightly different from those used by other electronic publishing platforms. Rather than deducting its fees from your royalties, BookBaby compels its customers to pay $99.00 before publishing their books and an additional $19.00 every for every title of your book that is in system.
Other mediums you can use for publishing electronic books include Lulu, Booktango, iBooks Author, In Sum and Scribd.