Welcome to the fourth in the series of articles on submitting your ebook to the various outlets for publication. This guide will focus on Apple’s iBookstore. For the record, if you are thinking of doing this, be prepared to spend some time on it. While Amazon and Barnes & Noble seem to want your books, Apple takes a more, “If you want us to accept your book, you better make damn sure it is perfect” stance. They are not fun, not easy, and frankly, sort of suck. So, if you think you aren’t up for hours of formatting, filling out forms, and searching the Internet for the meanings behind obscure error codes, then read this for fun only. But, if you are like me and can’t stand how you get no stats from Smashwords (which, apparently, is only an issue if you price your book as free), you’ll probably plow through this anyhow.
Again, you’ll want to start with my Amazon Kindle Publishing guide focusing on the formatting. You need to have a word .doc ready to go. I used the same one I made for Kindle, changed appropriate links so that they pointed to the iBookstore rather than to Amazon, and changed the name of the file (for organizational purposes). That’s the easy part. Next, we’re going to have to go through a lengthy conversion process. But first, let’s talk about what you’ll need to even sell through Apple. Continue reading Self Publishing Guide: Apple’s iBookstore
This Self Publishing Guide will focus on Smashwords. Smashwords is a third party aggregator that will send your books to Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBooks (iPad/iPod/iPhone), Sony, Kobo, and Diesel. They are a one-stop-shop for self publishing and have a lot of fans. As I explained in my Barnes & Noble Nook Self Publishing Guide, the B&N process is so simple, there is little reason to have Smashwords do it for you (and take a cut of your profits – currently 15% or less of the net or about 10% of the asking price). When I published my first book, Bob Moore: No Hero, Smashwords didn’t have a deal with Amazon so I had to put it up there myself. Currently, they have penned a deal but they’ve yet to distribute a book. Since Amazon’s process, as I explain in my Amazon Kindle Self Publishing Guide, is fairly easy, there is little reason not to distribute it there yourself as well.
iBooks, on the other hand, is a different story. See my iBookstore Self Publishing Guide (out soon) for more info. Continue reading Self Publishing Guide: Smashwords
This is the second of my Self Publishing Guides and I’ll be focusing on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Most people will agree that Amazon (Kindle) is where it is at for books. The majority of all ebook sales go through the Internet giant. Now, again, I’ll mention that I am writing these from my point of view. That means as a US citizen, with his own business, with his own Tax ID number, and all that. That may mean that some of the problems you have, I won’t have encountered. If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know that I respond. Feel free to post your questions and I’ll help you as I can.
Also, if you haven’t read my Amazon Kindle Guide, you’ll need to. This guide won’t make much sense without it. Please follow the formatting suggestions as it is going to make formatting for the Nook a breeze. And I mean that. A total breeze. If you found formatting and posting to Amazon painless, this is going to be like sipping coffee that is just a little too hot. Yeah, really. Continue reading Self Publishing Guide: Barnes & Noble Nook